SOURCE: Wimba

November 06, 2007 14:00 ET

Wimba Closes $8.4 Million Financing From Education-Focused Investor

Funding Accelerates Company's Leadership Position

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 6, 2007) - Wimba, the education technology company that helps people teach people, announced today that it has closed a $8.4 million Series B venture capital financing led by Ascend Venture Group LLC, a leading investor with a focus on education concerns and applied technology.

The new funds will be used to accelerate the company's sales and marketing capabilities throughout the world and to expand development of Wimba Collaboration Suite, the industry's most comprehensive collaborative software suite for higher education, K-12, and educational publishing.

In connection with the investment, Kylie Sachs, a partner at Ascend Venture Group who focuses on investment opportunities in education concerns, among other areas, will become a member of Wimba's board of directors. Sachs also serves as a director of Printroom.com, Inc., Boxxet, Inc. and Tutor.com; is an observer to the NextMedium, Inc. and Retention Education, Inc. boards of directors; and is a director on the board of trustees of Literacy, Inc.

"Ascend invests in companies that have the capabilities to transform the education industry. Wimba is clearly transforming teaching and learning with its multi-modal suite approach," said Sachs. "We believe Wimba has the sustainable competitive advantage to accelerate and expand its market leadership in the emerging collaborative learning software market. We're looking forward to working with the team at Wimba to capture the opportunity in front of them."

"Ascend Ventures brings substantial domain expertise in education concerns and an outstanding track record of helping their portfolio companies to succeed," said Tommaso Trionfi, chief executive officer of Wimba. "Their investment is a gratifying endorsement of our market success, vision and execution. We are looking forward to working closely with them to leverage their expertise, resources and relationships to accelerate our growth."

About Wimba

Wimba is a company focused solely on education and dedicated to the principle that people learn more when they are drawn closer together. Our collaborative software applications for the online education market enable institutions to bridge technology and pedagogy by supplementing course management systems with many of the proven disciplines of in-person learning environments. Wimba's intuitive solutions enable educators and students to quickly and easily teach and learn live online, engage in live chat and instant message exchanges, benefit from oral content being added to text-based course content, and more. Instructors can also use Wimba solutions to convert Microsoft Word documents into accessible course content and to create and administer tests, quizzes, and exams. Our focus on education and collaboration with educators fuels our product development.

Wimba. People Teach People. www.wimba.com

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