written by
Thijs Dijkman

Whale lands EUR 1 million in funding from Volta Ventures and Peak Capital to help businesses deliver better employee onboarding and training

SaaS Investments 2 min read , March 15, 2021

Whale, the knowledge and training platform for SMEs, raises EUR 1 million from Volta Ventures, Peak Capital and the founding team. The new funding will accelerate Whale’s global expansion and marketing initiatives.

Whale is a SaaS company that helps teams centralize their processes, procedures, policies and tribal knowledge in one place, so they can onboard and train employees faster. As a web platform and web plugin, Whale empowers teams with bite-size training content, within the context of their work and delivered just-in-time. The company mainly focuses on service companies with knowledge workers and companies that use frameworks such as EOS® or Scaling up.

Whale Co-Founder and CEO Gary Vanbutsele previously led an IT services firm and knows how time consuming educating employees the traditional way can get. “Sometimes it felt like all I did was repeat myself over and over again without real progress. I needed to find a more scalable and efficient way to empower my teams with the knowledge they required.

Koen De Waele, Venture Partner at Volta Ventures, explains his motivation to invest: “The Whale team is razor-focused on driving operational efficiency and effectiveness by delivering knowledge in the flow of work. As such, Whale drives digital transformation globally through process operationalization and speeds up onboarding, on-the-job training and best-practices sharing.

Stefan Bary, Managing Partner at Peak Capital, adds: “Traditional learning and knowledge management solutions store information in siloed applications, which means adoption by employees is often poor. However, the solution of Whale provides context-aware knowledge within the tools a company uses: the right information for the right employee at the right time. Truly learning while doing in a very efficient way.

With the funding, Whale will further improve their product and ramp-up their international sales and marketing efforts. Gary ends: "We are very excited to bring not one, but two experienced partners onboard that will empower us in our mission to help companies train and work more effectively.”


About Whale:

Whale is a knowledge and training solution that connects teams to their every process, policy, and procedure, in the moment of need. Founded by Bram Billiet and Gary Vanbutsele, Whale is on a mission to create the connected knowledge and training solution that replaces outdated learning methods. More information can be found on: https://www.usewhale.io/

About Volta Ventures:

Volta Ventures provides (pre)seed and early-stage financing for software & internet companies that originate in the Benelux. Now investing from its second fund it has € 100M under management. Next to capital, the fund’s team provides guidance to assist companies in growing from startup to scale up. The Volta team aims to make a substantial contribution to the portfolio companies by working with the founders and management to identify new markets and clients, attract talent, provide advice and support, and help raise follow-on financing.

Seed Investor Venture Capital SaaS