Israeli startup lands in Stamford with plagiarism checker
With financing from a Connecticut-backed venture fund, an Israeli startup has established its first U.S. office in Stamford, as it develops a platform to help teachers detect plagiarism in papers submitted by students.
Copyleaks was founded in 2015 in Tel Aviv by former Israeli Defense Forces software programmers Alon Yamin and Yehonatan Bitton, who created a system that allows teachers to submit up to 100 papers at a time to detect whether written content submitted by their students has similarities to content on the web, with the system also able to spot copyright violations.
A running counter on its website claims to have found evidence of content being lifted in more than half of nearly 23.8 mllion documents it has scanned. The company is working with Microsoft Education among other companies and universities.
Connecticut Innovations authorized last year a $750,000 investment in Copyleaks, on condition the company establish a Connecticut office.
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