June 28, 2021

WizeHive Secures Growth Capital Investment from LLR Partners

Our new investment will help accelerate the innovation of our SaaS grant management platform for mission-driven organizations.


WizeHive is excited to announce a growth capital investment from private equity firm LLR Partners. The capital will be used to help drive continued growth at WizeHive, accelerate the advancement of the Zengine platform, and strengthen customer success infrastructure.

Grant making is central to the missions of tens of thousands of mission-driven organizations, and yet
many are using inadequate or outmoded tools to manage these critical programs. WizeHive helps
hundreds of corporations, foundations, government entities, universities, and other non-profits enhance
and accelerate the impact of their programs by making it easier to engage applicants, minimizing tedious
and less productive activities for program administrators, and delivering reporting that maintains
compliance and provides powerful insights.

“Charitable giving rose to record levels in recent years, totaling $450 billion in 2019, and grant making
continued to accelerate in 2020 for COVID-19 relief,” said Cheng Li, Vice President at LLR Partners. “We
expect further momentum post-COVID, especially as companies focus more on social responsibility and
community impact. Technology providers like WizeHive are increasingly seen as essential partners for
foundations, corporations, and other entities to enable increasing volume of grant activity, simplify the
process, and improve reporting.”

Through Zengine, WizeHive offers clients a high-level of configurability in a quick to deploy platform -
eliminating the need for organizations to either force fit their mission to rigid software or incur the time
and cost of a customized solution. Investments will help accelerate growth efforts including
advancement in the platform around ease of use and reporting, along with enabling clients’ immediate
and long-term success.

“LLR has been the go-to partner for growth stage SaaS companies in our home Philadelphia market and
across the U.S. for over 20 years,” said Carl Guarino, CEO of WizeHive. “I am thrilled that WizeHive is
now in the position to leverage LLR’s knowledge of our space and their value creation resources to help
scale our growth efforts, accelerate the enhancement of our platform, and expand efforts to drive long-
term customer success.”

“Carl and his team are highly experienced leaders with backgrounds in growing technology businesses
both organically and through M&A. We are excited for this opportunity to partner with WizeHive and to
bring much-needed technology and insights to the underserved non-profit sector to help accelerate and
amplify their missions,” said David Reuter, partner at LLR Partners.

Previous investors in WizeHive include Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Gabriel Investments, Mid-
Atlantic Angel Group, and Robin Hood Ventures.

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