Canva Founders Launch First European Headquarters In London

Cava Founders Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams

Canva Founders Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams have launched their first European headquarters in London.

During the ribbon cutting launch, the founders discussed the importance of the European market in the company’s long-term future as the leading visual communication platform.

It follows Canva’s acquisition of UK-based Flourish last year, the company also unveiled a range of new ways Flourish’s data visualisation technology is being incorporated into Canva’s product experience.

Flourish’s co-founder Duncan Clark also steps into a new role as Canva’s Europe Lead.

Canva Focuses on Europe

According to Canva research by IPSOS, “The abundance of visual content, both in personal and professional use cases, is significantly influencing how people are communicating at unprecedented scale.”

Canva’s team recognised Europe’s thriving startup culture early on and has acquired six Europe-based companies to accelerate its product and technical expertise. These acquisitions include Flourish (2022), Kaleido (2021), Smartmockups (2021), and SlidesCarnival (2021), Pexels (2019), and Pixabay (2019).

Melanie Perkins – Canva CEO

Canva CEO Melanie Perkins

“We’re incredibly excited to unveil our first European campus as we continue to deliver on our mission to empower everyone to design,” said Canva boss Melanie Perkins. “From creating world-class data storytelling features, to building truly magical product experiences through AI, our teams across Europe play a critical role in making incredible things possible for our global community.

“As visual communication increasingly becomes table stakes, we’re looking forward to doubling down on our presence in the region to fuel new levels of impact.”

Robyn Foyster: Robyn Foyster is an award-winning journalist and former Editor-In-Chief of The Australian Women's Weekly and Publisher of the Hearst Group in Australia, responsible for Harper's BAZAAR, Cosmopolitan and madison magazine. Robyn is the owner and editor of Women Love Tech, Game Changers and The Carousel. Robyn's tech company AR Tech produced the augmented reality app for Sydney's Vivid Festival in 2018 and the retail app Sweep. She is a speaker at events such as SXSW, CeBit and more recently the Intel AI Summit and a judge of the Telstra Business Awards and Mumbrella Awards. Robyn is passionate about supporting women in STEM. She is also a 2023 Finalist in the Women Leading Tech Awards as a Champion of Change, 2022 B&T Women In Media Awards Finalist in the Entrepreneur category and a multiple Finalist in the Samsung Lizzie's Awards.

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