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January 15, 2020

Purdue student software startup Mimir acquired by HackerRank

mimir-startup Mimir, a software company that began as a Purdue University student startup, has been acquired by HackerRank. Pictured, from left, are co-founders Prahasith Veluvolu, Jacobi Petrucciani and Colton Voege. (Image provided) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Mimir, a software company that began as a Purdue University student startup, has been acquired by HackerRank, a popular platform for practicing and hosting online coding interviews.

Mimir, a cloud-based service that provides tools for teaching computer science courses, is used by a number of universities and corporations. The company is based in Indianapolis and expanded its operations there last year.

“We're thrilled to have found an acquisition partner that has similar values and mission that we truly believe in,” said Prahasith Veluvolu, the founder of Mimir, who studied computer science at Purdue. “HackerRank and Mimir are both grounded on the fact that skills matter more than pedigree. The HackerRank and Mimir combined offering allows students to obtain both formal academic education and practical skills assessments, which can help build a strong and successful career.”

Mimir is HackerRank’s first acquisition, and the company plans to incorporate Mimir Classroom products into its portfolio of services.

“HackerRank will continue to support the Mimir Classroom product and will work closely with professors, students and customers in a mutually beneficial way,” Veluvolu said.

 Veluvolu points to Purdue and Purdue Research Foundation resources such as the Purdue Foundry and the Anvil for contributing to Mimir’s success.

Since 2013, Purdue has produced a total of 251 startups with more than $391 million in funding and investments. Major international companies have acquired nine of Purdue’s startups for a total of more than $2.3 billion for strength of technology and business potential.

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Writer: Chris Adam, 765-588-3341, 

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