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    Willow Grove, PA - January 3, 2017 - Azzur Group, LLC, a private equity firm with holdings in the life sciences consulting industry, is pleased to announce the acquisition of US-based training company, Learnaboutgmp. Learnaboutgmp is an online training and education platform for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. This platform has allowed some of the top international pharmaceutical companies to greatly increase their compliance knowledge and compliment their existing in-house training. The acquisition will allow Azzur Group to offer clients and competitors alike convenient and actionable training. “We believe Learnaboutgmp is the resource that many companies have been looking for to add strength to their current team members and to allow members to grow in their career in the life science field,” said Thomas O’Donnell, Managing Partner of Azzur Group. "We are excited for the opportunities this new partnership will bring to our existing client base, and for the strength it will bring our incoming clients to bridge this talent gap.” Visit Learnaboutgmp.com to find out more, and to sign up for a free 14 day trial and demo. About Azzur Group, LLC- Azzur Group is a private equity firm comprised of a network of high-level life science companies, created to provide efficient and cost-effective solutions. As one of the fastest-growing, private companies in America, Azzur is firmly focused on providing seamless service to our customers. Our team of experienced industry professionals serves the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industry by providing one-stop access to a wide-range of project management, process engineering, and compliance services within the life science industry. About Learnaboutgmp- Learnaboutgmp is a cloud-based learning management system (LMS) designed specifically for life science and regulatory organizations. Our LMS contains the courses you need to help you achieve regulatory compliance. With new courses published every month and existing courses updated in line with regulatory changes, we are your true continuous learning platform. “Learnaboutgmp’s content is developed by leading subject experts resulting in courses that are current, relevant and meaningful to learners. Every course was given a huge thumbs up by our internal Quality Systems leaders. Hands down, working with Learnaboutgmp has been one of the best engagements we have had in over 18 years of managing vendor course content and relationships. I highly recommend them to any Pharma organization interested in deploying top notch GMP related courseware.”   - VP, Global Quality Learning Top 5 Pharma Company

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    Basking Ridge, NJ - January 3, 2017 - Conduent Incorporated (NYSE: CNDT) has completed its separation from Xerox (NYSE: XRX) and is now an independent public company trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Conduent debuts as the world's largest pure-play business process services leader with approximately $6.7 billion in annual revenue, a portfolio of differentiated offerings and a vision focused on technology and innovation to advance the client and constituent experience. To mark the listing of its shares of common stock, Conduent representatives, including Chief Executive Officer Ashok Vemuri will gather together today to ring the opening bell at the NYSE. With over 93,000 employees in more than 40 countries, Conduent is a Fortune 500-scale company with expertise in transaction-intensive processing, analytics and automation. Conduent helps organizations modernize, advance and improve the lives of the people they serve every day: retail consumers, commuters, patients, customers, employees, and citizens. "We have already begun laying the groundwork to drive profitable growth through sharpened go-to-market capabilities and greater consistency in applying our automation, analytics, innovation and expertise," said Ashok Vemuri, CEO of Conduent. "Our significant transformation program will position our new company for long-term success." Conduent continues with its previously announced major cost transformation program which will streamline the business, improve margins, and enable investment into growth opportunities. "NelsonHall has covered Xerox for many years in the business process services space," said John Willmott, CEO of NelsonHall, a leading BPS analyst firm. "New digital technologies are giving new vigor to the BPS market and Conduent is in the forefront of applying new business models on behalf of its constituents via its Intelligent Automation capability.  We look forward to Conduent building on an already established strong suite of differentiated offerings for their constituents and are excited for industry growth prospects in 2017 and beyond." The company operates in a $260 billion industry growing at mid-single digits. Conduent's competitive strengths include: Leadership in business process services driven by deep expertise, strong client relationships and differentiated solutions in attractive growth industries, including healthcare and transportation; Ability to help clients drive improved business performance, higher quality and increased end-user satisfaction through continuous investment in innovation and development of new technologies and capabilities that improve business processes; Expertise in managing transaction-intensive, end-user driven processes on a large scale through a differentiated suite of high quality multi-industry service offerings such as transaction processing, customer care and payment services; and A solid recurring revenue model, with an 86 percent renewal rate, enabling stability to support strong and growing cash flow generation. Conduent delivers seamless, mission-critical interactions for the world's top brands and governments and touches millions of lives every day. Conduent: Serves 76 of the Fortune 100 businesses and more than 500 government entities Supports the top 20 managed U.S. healthcare plans and 9 of top 10 pharma/life science companies. Is the No.1 on-street parking service provider in the U.S. Handles more than 2.5 million contact center interactions daily for some of the world's top brands. Services 8.9 million people who pass through managed toll systems, representing 46 percent of all U.S. toll collections. Completion of Separation  As previously announced, under the terms of the separation agreements, on the distribution date of Dec. 31, 2016, Xerox shareholders received one share of Conduent common stock for every five shares of Xerox common stock they held as of the close of business on Dec. 15, 2016, the record date for the distribution. For information about Conduent visit www.Conduent.com. About Conduent  Conduent is the world's largest provider of diversified business process services with leading capabilities in transaction processing, automation, analytics and constituent experience. We work with both government and commercial customers in assisting them to deliver quality services to the people they serve. We manage interactions with patients and the insured for a significant portion of the U.S. healthcare industry. We are the customer interface for large segments of the technology industry and the operational and processing partner of choice for public transportation systems around the world. Whether it's digital payments, claims processing, benefit administration, automated tolling, customer care or distributed learning – Conduent manages and modernizes these interactions to create value for both our clients and their constituents. Learn more at www.conduent.com.

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    Boston, MA - January 3, 2017 - LearnLaunch Accelerator, the leading education technology startup program, today announced the first cohort of its second Fund, LearnLaunch Accelerator II, as well as the expansion of its investment staff.  Five early-stage education technology companies will participate in LearnLaunch’s Breakthrough program beginning on January 9th.  Companies receive up to $120k in financing as well as an intensive two-month personalized curriculum designed to stimulate company growth and assist in raising capital. The five companies that service the K-12, higher education, early education, and continuing education markets are: CareAcademy provides evidence-based online classes for non-medical professional and family caregivers with a goal of excellent customer service.   CourseStorm enables simple online course registration by providing a platform for organizations to publish their catalog online and for students to find and register for classes.   Kaymbu is the leading classroom documentation and family engagement platform for early education programs. From photo sharing to school newsletters, student portfolios and even emergency messaging, schools can more effectively connect with young, digital-native parents.   Quality Interactions delivers cultural competency training for healthcare organizations and learning solutions that incorporate real-life scenarios, backed by a research-based approach to cross-cultural communication.   WriteSteps dramatically improves K-5 writing and grammar skills through daily lessons, visual aids, and teaching demonstration videos  "We’re excited to leverage our second Accelerator Fund with the second iteration of our Breakthrough program, bringing more mature companies into the edtech ecosystem that we’re building,” said Liam Pisano, LearnLaunch Managing Director.  “Working with companies closer to Series A financing allows us to add to our investment staff with proven industry operators and investors bringing a wealth of big and small company experience to our company-building process.” With the organization’s growth and success, three new Venture Partners will be joining the LearnLaunch team to work with portfolio companies and sit on the Accelerator Investment Committee. Tetyana Astashkina: Formerly, Tetyana worked in Switzerland with b-to-v Partners – an early stage VC firm backed by Europe’s largest network of angel investors.  Tetyana’s investments covered a broad spectrum of areas from consumer internet to clean technologies.  She graduated with distinctions from the Ivan Franko University (Ukraine) with B.A and M.A in International Relations and earned a Master of European Studies degree from the European University Viadrina (Germany).  Eric Cantor:  Eric is a seasoned CEO and board member with more than 35 years of experience creating value for investors. He is currently the CEO of New Mountain Learning (NML), a diversified blended learning solutions company serving select segments of the secondary, post-secondary, and career readiness markets. He has a background in education, training, consulting & information services with small / medium cap private equity-owned companies and large diversified public corporations.  Eric received a BA in history from Haverford College and an MBA in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Steve Shapiro:  Steve brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial experience to his role as Chief Executive Officer of Academic Merit. Steve has launched four successful start-ups, ranging from K-12 intervention in urban school districts, tutoring and test prep, adult workforce development and international student exchange. Steve currently guides Academic Merit’s overall strategy and has successfully helped the company pivot to engage a number of nationally recognized partners.  Steve has both a BS and MBA from Cornell University and is currently on sabbatical from the M.Ed and Ed.D program at UMass Boston. “Like the edtech marketplace itself, LearnLaunch is growing and innovating, now working on both supply and demand,” said Jean Hammond, co-founder of LearnLaunch. “Bringing great companies, education customers, and insightful investors together is resulting in a healthy economic cluster of sustainable growth.” LearnLaunch Accelerator's intensive program provides these edtech startups with seed funding, six months of workspace in the unique and collaborative LearnLaunch Campus located at the heart of Boston’s Innovation District, strategic guidance on bringing their products to market, and access to a diverse team of more than 100 industry-savvy expert mentors providing continual support. These companies will emerge from the Accelerator program ready for next stages of funding, deployment, scale and growth. These five new Breakthrough companies will be showcased at LearnLaunch's 5th Annual Across Boundaries Conference on February 3rd, 2017 at the Hynes Convention Center, which is expected to draw more than 1,000 attendees About LearnLaunch Accelerator LearnLaunch Accelerator is the leading early stage edtech startup accelerator.  LearnLaunch Accelerator provides the most promising education technology startups worldwide with up to $120,000 in seed funding, a personalized development plan, sector specific curriculum, and a network of industry focused mentors, intensive coaching and all the tools necessary to grow a successful edtech startup. It offers investors a diversified platform of early stage companies in the rapidly growing edtech sector. For more Information, visit www.learnlaunch.com/accelerator or follow us @LearnLaunchX. About LearnLaunch LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting, and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning.  We offer a vibrant community, educational events, a collaborative co-working space, and a selective accelerator program to promote the growth of the edtech sector. LearnLaunch is based in Boston, a world education hub. Learn more about LearnLaunch Accelerator, Campus and Institute at www.learnlaunch.com and follow LearnLaunch on Twitter at @learnlaunch.

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    Houston, TX - Janauary 5, 2017 - Brown Technical Media Corp., a division of Panther Biotechnology ( OTC PINK : PBYA ), is pleased to announce today that it has executed an exclusive distribution and publishing agreement with The Training Center of Air Conditioning and Heating, (thetrainingcenterofairconditioningandheating.com). This transaction further expands Brown's strategy to utilize virtual reality in the eLearning segment of its business. Brown is disrupting the technical vocations training and certification industry by creating the first full service training and career advancement brand in the technical fields and this transaction signifies our launch to disrupt the HVAC space. Brown is replacing traditional, decades-old training methodologies by modernizing learning techniques with virtual reality technology. Brown is introducing virtual reality environment (VRE) based training into technical skill trades and we believe we may prove as big an impact in these fields that VREs now have in the Medicine, Healthcare, Science and Engineering professions. According to Goldman Sachs, the market for VRE software is estimated to be $35 billion by 2025. Currently, HVAC service technicians are educated and trained via in person instructional classrooms and work labs. Brown has invested significant resources in replicating the Chris Walters educational process for online delivery. A video production team has been working with Mr. Walters for the past four months creating a variety of HVAC eLearning products including a full HVAC technician course that includes the simulation of the hands on experience of the lab and physical school itself. In addition, our publishing team has been working to create a full handbook to accompany the online course.  "Chris Walters is a world class technician with decades of field experience turned master instructor of the HVAC industry. His unique teaching style produces technicians who are sought after by employers in the Houston metro market," exclaimed Jocynda Rodriguez, Lead Editor of Brown Publications HVAC. "Our innovation could not have come at a more opportune time," stated Evan Levine, Chief Executive Officer of Panther. "Currently, one third of all nationally skilled tradesmen are over fifty-five years of age and retiring at an accelerated rate and unfortunately there are not enough skilled tradesman to replace them." "Portable, eLearning based VRE's can reach out to a larger trainee population in a cost-effective manner while providing new learning experiences that are far more price competitive to deliver," stated Noah Davis, President and Chief Operating Officer of Panther. "Students who struggle to pass their respective state level exams to become a licensed tech will find VREs as an attractive, learning assist tool given their rich, interactive environment. Brown will continue to upgrade the vocational training vertical with proven technology for their intended applications." The e-learning course will be highlighted by a 3D virtual reality section of the course that will allow students to experience the lab in their home. This course will be the first of its kind in the HVAC vocational eLearning space. Brown is also releasing its newest website dedicated to HVAC contractors and technicians. The website will have a full array of education and certification products including the release of BTP's own handbook and course. The website is hvac.browntechnical.org. About Brown Technical Media Corp. Brown Technical Media Corp. is a leading online aggregator of compliance, career advancement and training content for tradesman and technical experts in a wide variety of professions. Brown's mission is to disrupt and defragment the many disparate companies in the eLearning, standards and codes market place, which currently is collectively valued at over $100 billion globally and growing. Brown is changing the landscape for small and medium size businesses by providing consistent, high quality training materials usually only available to enterprise level companies. Brown's strategy is to both grow its current revenue base organically while concurrently acquiring synergistic companies in the multiple industries that Brown is currently servicing.

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    San Francisco and Mountain View, CA - January 4, 2017 - Castlight Health, Inc. (NYSE: CSLT) and privately held Jiff, Inc. announced today their agreement to come together to form a single company.   The combined entity will offer the most comprehensive health benefits platform in the industry, helping employers, as well as millions of employees and their families, manage their health benefits dollars more effectively.  Together, the combined company will serve more than 240 customers, including over 70 of the Fortune 500. Castlight pioneered health care transparency, and today helps employees make better health decisions by guiding them to the right program, care and provider.  Jiff redefined the wellbeing industry with an exceptional, mobile-first user experience and the largest ecosystem of health partnerships available in the market.  The combined platform will seek to improve every aspect of an employee’s health experience: from staying healthy, to accessing care, to managing a condition. For benefits and HR leaders, the combined platform will make it more efficient than ever before to engage with employees, purchase and deploy a wide range of benefit technologies, and measure impact — enabling them to reap the benefits of lower health care costs and a healthier workforce. “Despite all of the changes in healthcare that have happened and will come, one thing is constant: employers continue to provide healthcare benefits. Moreover, they care deeply that their employees engage in their benefits so that the returns on this huge investment are felt by all,” said Giovanni Colella, M.D., co-founder and current chief executive officer of Castlight Health. “This is a tremendous challenge, and we believe the combination of Castlight and Jiff is uniquely positioned to solve it.” Jiff serves as a central hub for wellbeing and other benefit programs, with a single point of access for employees. Jiff’s app-store approach integrates more than 50 health solutions that sync seamlessly with its back-end system.  In addition, an employer can allow virtually any vendor to connect to the platform, whether or not Jiff has integrated with them in the past. Jiff then personalizes recommendations for each employee based on the most relevant tools for their health needs and preferences. This is all delivered through a user experience that brings together the latest advancements in incentive design, social theory, and game mechanics — optimizing engagement.  “Jiff harnesses the power of digital health solutions and the related ecosystem, bringing it all together in a way that gets employees engaged. Combine that with Castlight’s robust data assets and personalized messaging capabilities, which already have helped transform how employees make health decisions, and I believe we will create the industry leader for enterprise health benefits management,” said Derek Newell, chief executive officer of Jiff. In addition to having complementary technologies and client lists, Castlight and Jiff have established strong partnerships with major players focused on the health benefits industry.  For example, Jiff has established successful channel referral relationships with Willis Towers Watson and Mercer, among others, while Castlight’s strategic partnerships include Anthem and SAP.  The combined company will be highly focused on leveraging each other’s channel relationships to maximize growth and better fulfill these partners’ respective goals. “In 2015, we chose to collaborate with Castlight to bring their powerful decision support and engagement capabilities to consumers and employers. With this announcement, we will now be able to deliver an even more comprehensive solution to consumers across the full spectrum of care and expect the combined solution to be attractive to large employers and their employees,” said Morgan Kendrick, president of Anthem Inc.’s national accounts business segment. Castlight will issue approximately 27 million shares and options at the closing of the transaction to former Jiff equity holders, representing approximately 20 percent of the combined company on a fully-diluted basis.  The issuance of up to an additional 4 million shares is contingent on the achievement of specific growth objectives for the Jiff business in 2017. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2017 following satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including approval from Castlight’s stockholders with respect to the issuance of Castlight shares in the transaction. Following the closing of the transaction, Castlight’s president and chief operating officer, John Doyle, will assume the role of chief executive officer of the combined company.  Jiff’s current CEO, Derek Newell, will become president of the combined company, responsible for sales and marketing, research and development, and professional services, and will report directly to John Doyle. Giovanni Colella will continue his service with Castlight in the role of executive chairman of the board of directors, focusing on deepening key partner and customer relationships.  In addition, effective upon closing the transaction, two members of the current Jiff board of directors will be appointed to the Castlight board of directors and one of Castlight’s current board members, Ann Lamont, will step down. “The transaction’s structure and blending of our leadership teams reflect our strongly held belief in the complementary aspects of the combination.  Indeed, we believe the combination of Castlight and Jiff will enable us to more quickly achieve our goals of platform expansion and accelerated growth on a larger revenue base,” said John Doyle, current president and COO of Castlight Health.  “This deal is truly transformational, and it supports why we are so excited about our combined company’s potential. Employers are clamoring for consolidation of offerings and more comprehensive health benefits solutions, and our planned combination answers their call.  We believe the combination of Castlight and Jiff will create substantial value for our stockholders, and tremendous growth opportunities for our talented employees.” Financial Profile of Combined Company Castlight expects to report full year 2016 GAAP revenue of approximately $102 million, which is the high-end of its previously issued guidance range, and annualized recurring revenue (ARR) of approximately $122 million exiting the year.  Jiff is expected to generate approximately $7 million in GAAP revenue for the full year 2016, with ARR of $17 million exiting the year.  Jiff’s ARR was up over 100% from the end of the first half of 2016, a reflection of their strong momentum in the market place during the year. The combined company is expected to generate approximately $138 to $142 million in pro forma non-GAAP revenue for the full year 2017.  The high-end of this range assumes Castlight contributes $123 million and Jiff contributes $19 million with no impact from purchase accounting adjustments. This would represent pro forma growth of approximately 27% to 30% for the combined company. Management believes the combined company will be well positioned to sustain this level of pro forma growth in 2018. The fourth quarter and full year 2016 results for both Castlight and Jiff are preliminary in nature and subject to change based on the completion of the year-end close process. In addition, as part of the acquisition’s close process, Jiff’s accounting policies will be conformed to Castlight’s, which could cause Jiff’s actual historical results to differ from the preliminary results shared in this release. After the close of the transaction, Castlight plans to provide GAAP revenue guidance for the combined company after it has completed its valuation work and related purchase accounting considerations regarding Jiff. Jiff has been in investment mode to support their rapid growth. As Jiff is integrated with Castlight, management expects to realize operating efficiencies which, when combined with an accelerated revenue growth profile, is expected to enable the combined company to reach cash flow breakeven by the end of 2018.  Importantly, management expects the cash balance of the combined company will be $60 million or greater when this breakeven milestone is reached. Castlight’s financial advisor for the transaction is Allen & Company LLC, with Fenwick & West LLC acting as its legal advisor. Piper Jaffray & Co. is serving as Jiff’s financial advisor, with Gunderson Dettmer serving as its legal advisor. Conference Call Castlight Health will host a conference call to discuss the transaction today at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (5:30 p.m. Eastern Time). A live audio webcast of the conference call can be accessed through the company’s Investor Relations website at http://ir.castlighthealth.com. In addition, an archive of the webcast can be accessed through the same link. Participants who choose to call in to the conference call can do so by dialing 1-877-201-0168. The conference ID number is 44384541. A replay will be available for one week at 1-855-859-2056, passcode 44384541. About Castlight Health Our mission is to empower people to make the best choices for their health and to help companies make the most of their health benefits. We offer a health benefits platform that engages employees to make better healthcare decisions and can guide them to the right program, care, and provider. The platform also enables benefit leaders to communicate and measure their programs while driving employee engagement with targeted, relevant communications. Castlight has partnered with enterprise customers, spanning millions of lives, to improve healthcare outcomes, lower costs, and increase benefits satisfaction. About Jiff Jiff is on a mission to help companies lower healthcare costs and cultivate happier, healthier employees. Jiff’s enterprise benefits platform integrates all the vendors employers already have in place, and lets them choose from over 50 pre-integrated services. By delivering personalized incentives, real-time data analytics, and a beautifully designed experience, Jiff targets individual employee cost drivers and increases utilization of those services proven to save money. Based in Mountain View, CA Jiff is led by veteran healthcare and technology leaders and serves some of the largest employers in the world. Smart benefits; brilliant design. For more information visit www.castlighthealth.com. Follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn and Like us on Facebook.

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    Cincinnati, OH - January 5, 2017 - Carew International®, a leading provider of sales training and sales leadership training programs, has announced a strategic partnership with ProActivate® sales talent acquisition firm. Carew CEO Jeff Seeley positioned the partnership as a natural extension of Carew's mission to drive growth and increased profitability through sales performance improvement. "This partnership expands Carew's value to and strategic partnership with our clients in a way that is perfectly aligned with our culture and mission," said Seeley. Seeley indicated that, for years, clients have asked for Carew's help with finding and hiring top quality sales professionals. "As much as we wanted to support our customers in any way possible, talent acquisition was not an area of core competence, and we didn't want Carew offering any product or service unless it was best in its class," said Seeley. "I had not come across a talent acquisition firm that I was one hundred percent comfortable in recommending to clients or whose service I was confident offering under the Carew name. That changed once we became aware of ProActivate. The company's innovative process and dedicated focus on sales professionals makes ProActivate a superior resource for sales talent acquisition," said Seeley, "and one that we can feel confident and proud to offer our clients." Jamie Crosbie, CEO and founder of ProActivate®, explained, "We see this partnership as being in line with providing top-tier sales talent to forward thinking companies." Crosbie continued, "Losing even one top sales performer costs a company over a million dollars in lost revenue, downtime, missed opportunities and ramp-up time. Our bedrock philosophy is based on creating real value, protecting the sales funnel and ensuring top sales talent who are primed to perform from day one. Partnering with Carew International makes sense because it allows us to leverage a broader skillset that creates a genuine win-win for our clients." About ProActivate ProActivate is a leading edge provider of highly qualified, fully vetted sales professionals and sales leaders. The company employs streamlined, dynamic processes that actively weed out all but the most qualified sales professionals and helps companies hire the best and upgrade the rest, moving their entire teams up a notch to become sales rock stars. ProActivate® is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and serves companies globally. About Carew International Carew International is a leader in the professional development industry, providing innovative, high-impact solutions for performance improvement with sales training, sales leadership training, customer service training and negotiations training. For more than 40 years, Carew has delivered unique, comprehensive and renowned development programs to fulfill its mission of creating value, supporting dramatic bottom-line results and acting as a strategic asset to customers worldwide. Carew International is a privately-owned company headquartered in Cincinnati. For more information on Carew development programs, or upcoming sales training events, contact us at 800.227.3977, info@carew.com, or visit us online at www.carew.com.

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    Corpus Christi, TX - January 5, 2017 - Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi today joined ed2go, a Cengage company, to fulfill a Joining Forces commitment to provide veterans and military spouses with workforce training opportunities and resources for securing employment. The university has a strong relationship with the local veteran and military community and offers a variety of programs tailored to military students, making them a strong partner for this program. Joining Forces is a national White House initiative calling on Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families and support them through wellness, education and employment opportunities. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will work with ed2go to identify potential scholarship recipients and assist with raising awareness of the program among the academic community.   Seven non-active duty students have already received scholarships from ed2go to advance their education at A&M-Corpus Christi.  "Texas A&M-Corpus Christi is an ideal partner for us in this program, as they already do so much to support veterans through their own initiatives," said Cory Eyler, General Manager, ed2go.  "With a large population of military personnel in the Texas area, we can make an immediate impact and deliver training that can lead to real opportunities for employment in the tech sector." Danell Reilly, lead for the Career and Professional Education in the Office of Community Outreach at A&M-Corpus Christi, and United States veteran, shares her excitement about the new partnership. "As a veteran, I understand the hardship of furthering my education when having to change duty stations more than once," said Reilly. "Personally and professionally, I am extremely excited to be partnering with ed2go on the Joining Forces initiative and serve once again. Joining Forces provides an incredible opportunity to provide more military families a higher education and professional credentials using the best online career development and training opportunities to support portable career goals."  In total, Cengage has committed to providing 100 scholarships to help veterans and military spouses access a wide range of ed2go online certificate training programs at A&M-Corpus Christi. These programs provide skills leading to tech sector employment. Many programs lead to industry-recognized credentials and certifications including CompTIA® Healthcare IT Technician, Graphic Design with Photoshop, and Project Management Professional (PMP).   Interested veterans and military spouses can apply for an ed2go scholarship by visiting  http://www.ed2go.com/pages/Joiningforces/. For more information on all of Cengage's offerings for veterans — including career and job skills training, certification exam preparation, online high school diplomas, and resources for the job search and interview process — please visit: http://solutions.cengage.com/WorkforceDevelopment/Military/. About Texas A&M University – Corpus ChristiOffering more than 80 of the most popular degree programs in the state, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi has proudly provided a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty, and highly rated degree programs since 1947. The Island University has earned its spot as the premier, urban doctoral-granting institution in South Texas, supporting a UAS test site, two institutes and more than 40 research centers and labs. Discover your island at http://www.tamucc.edu/. About Cengage and ed2goCengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. ed2go, a Cengage company, is a leading provider of online instructor-facilitated courses and career training programs for the adult continuing education and training markets. With a catalog of over 600 offerings and a network of more than 2,100 top colleges and universities, ed2go offers partner institutions and organizations the opportunity to provide unprecedented access to affordable online education.  www.ed2go.com

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    Reston, VA - January 5, 2017 - NterOne Corporation announced today the intent to acquire ARP Technologies Inc., a privately held company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. ARP Technologies is a leading provider of Cisco Learning solutions in the Canadian market and owns and operates a Data Center in Navan, Ontario. “ARP has been a solid, customer-focused company for over a decade now in Canada,” said Anthony Hamilton, CEO of NterOne. “Our multi-year partnership has led us to this point, and we couldn’t be more pleased at the synergies we have in place.” ARP Technologies has been in business since 2005 with a sharp focus on delivering high-impact, custom Cisco training. ARP built its company-owned data center to support robust training programs that leverage real-world hands-on labs designed to maximize the education experience. The company offers a variety of technology training areas such as Data Center, Collaboration, Enterprise Networks, Wireless, and Security. ARP will become NterOne and launch a new web site to focus in the region while expanding its service offerings in Cisco, VMware, Microsoft, and ITIL. As a direct and specialized Cisco Learning Partner, NterOne will be uniquely positioned to bring value and expertise to the clients in this market. “We have worked with NterOne as a partner for years, and their commitment to servicing the customer is top priority,” said Shawn Boyd, CEO of ARP. “Having built ARP around this same philosophy, we are excited to continue the tradition of providing high quality, innovative learning solutions under the globally recognized NterOne brand.” The acquisition is expected to close in Q1 of 2017 and is subject to customary closing conditions. About NterOne: NterOne is a global training and consulting company focusing on live online training, self-paced e-learning, and private onsite training. The company is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with sales offices in Latin America and cloud offices globally. NterOne is an Authorized and Specialized Cisco Learning and Business Partner, VMware Authorized Training Center, ITIL Training Provider, and Microsoft Learning Partner. NterOne owns and operates a Data Center in North Carolina with key technology focus areas that span Virtualization, Data Center, IoT, Cloud, Analytics, Enterprise Networking, Collaboration, Service Provider, Optical, Wireless, and Security. For more information, please visit the corporate web site at http://www.NterOne.com.

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    Raleigh, NC - January 9, 2017 - Training Industry, Inc. and Conduent Learning Services have released a new research report investigating how L&D departments are leveraging technology to repurpose and repackage existing training content across learning audiences. The study, which included 273 companies, reveals several key findings, including: 79 percent of learners say that digital materials do a better job of supporting training than printed classroom materials. 88 percent of companies cite mobile access as a major benefit of converting classroom training materials to digital. 79 percent of companies say that offering alternate formats of training materials is critical to the support of training initiatives. The full report, “Recycled & Reused: Repurposing Training Content for Digital Delivery,” can be downloaded here. “This study provides a better understanding of how companies are migrating their existing training curricula to digital formats,” said Tom Whelan, Ph.D., Training Industry, Inc.’s Director of Corporate Research. “One of the most intriguing parts of this research were findings that the perceived usefulness of digital materials and impact on job performance were not significantly related to the format currently used by a company. This finding suggests that employees see the value in digital content regardless of how much training they currently encounter in print or electronic form.” About Conduent Learning Services The learner of yesterday was a victim of pushed learning that was restricted to the job and nothing about the future. The learner of today has more of a choice in what he learns but still has limitations. The learner of tomorrow is responsible for his learning both formal and user-generated content. At Conduent Learning, we believe that to be more effective, and impact business results, learning should be continuous, available at the point of need, leveraging a variety of delivery formats, new technologies, and innovative approaches. We offer a well-constructed learning and development eco-system that increases effectiveness by connecting employees at all levels to a broad range of content, processes, and technologies to drive performance. Conduent Learning Services is an award-winning provider of global end-to-end corporate learning services, designed to accelerate productivity and growth for your business. For more information, go to www.conduent.com/learning. About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry, Inc. spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies, and best practices within the training industry. Training Industry, Inc. research captures the collective wisdom of learning professionals, revealing fresh data on trends and practices in the evolving training market.  For additional information on Training Industry, Inc. research, email info@trainingindustry.com or visit www.trainingindustry.com.

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    Orlando, FL - January 9, 2017 - KPMG LLP today unveiled plans to build a state-of-the art learning, development, and innovation facility to further enhance the world-class training capabilities it offers to its partners and professionals. The 55-acre campus will be built in the 14-square-mile community of Lake Nona in the City of Orlando, Florida, with construction scheduled to begin in spring 2017. “At KPMG, we’re passionate about developing our people and creating growth opportunities for them,” said Lynne Doughtie, Chairman and CEO, KPMG LLP. “This facility is a significant investment that will ensure our partners and professionals continue to have access to leading-edge learning and development opportunities to enrich themselves, stay connected to our inclusive, innovative culture, and remain equipped to deliver the highest quality in this fast-changing marketplace. Delivering a world-class training experience also is an investment in our ability to attract and retain the best talent.” Consistent with KPMG’s focus on anticipating and understanding emerging trends, the facility’s Innovation Center will provide an immersive learning experience that will enhance the skills KPMG professionals bring to client situations. The facility also will feature 800 guest rooms, fitness and outdoor recreational facilities, and multiple food and beverage venues – creating an energetic and exciting forum for learning and innovation within a larger community that focuses on inspiring human performance. “Our center will be the cornerstone of our learning and development strategy, which will continue to blend in-person training and virtual options,” said P. Scott Ozanus, Deputy Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, KPMG LLP. “It will give our partners and professionals the benefits of alternating between classroom and field-like training environments for an experience that is interactive, innovative, and collaborative.” Gensler, the New York-based design and architecture firm, will design the complex according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. KPMG expects to create at least 80 positions to work at the facility and that an additional 250 third-party contract operator positions will be created. KPMG did not disclose terms or estimated costs of the center, which it plans to complete in late 2019. Lake Nona is a master-designed community in Orlando that includes companies and organizations committed to advancing developments in the areas of sports and human performance, health and wellness, education, and technology. Created by Tavistock Development with its parent company, the international private investment organization Tavistock Group, the fast-growing community has attracted business innovators and residents committed to creating an environment that inspires human potential through innovative collaboration. “As one of the world’s most respected and recognized brands, KPMG’s arrival further validates our region’s ability to compete on a global scale for eminent blue chip companies, and their presence will further establish the vision of Lake Nona as an epicenter for business innovation,” said Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group. “Lake Nona has become an economic engine for our entire region,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “KPMG’s learning, development and innovation facility will build upon Lake Nona's development success, creating more new jobs for Floridians and bringing a continuous economic boost to our community.” “Orange County is extremely pleased to join in announcing KPMG’s decision to build their new, innovation-driven global training center in Central Florida, and I look forward to bringing this proposal to our Board of County Commissioners for their consideration later this month,” said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. “This project includes 80 high-wage jobs, as well capital investments of more than $400 million. KPMG executives from across the nation will travel here for extended training, providing us with an excellent opportunity to showcase our world-class community. Their presence in Central Florida signals the strength of our professional service sector, as well as the preparedness of our workforce.” “We believe that Orlando International Airport is a tremendous asset to the regional business community and KPMG’s expanded presence significantly enhances further economic growth and business opportunities,” says Frank Kruppenbacher, Chairman of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “The Authority is honored to be part of the team that is bringing a firm with the intellectual capital of KPMG to this highly skilled and diverse market." About KPMG LLPKPMG is one of the world’s leading professional services firms, providing innovative business solutions and audit, tax, and advisory services to many of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations. KPMG is the fastest-growing Big Four professional services firm in the United States and is widely recognized for being a great place to work and build a career. Our people share a sense of purpose in the work we do, and a strong commitment to community service, diversity and inclusion, and eradicating childhood illiteracy. Learn more at www.kpmg.com/us. KPMG LLP is the independent U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s independent member firms have 189,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 152 countries. About Lake Nona Orlando’s Lake Nona is one of the top 10, fastest-growing communities in America. The 14-square-mile, master-designed community is home to thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, world-class education facilities, a Health & Life Sciences Cluster, a Sports & Performance District highlighted by USTA’s New Home of American Tennis – the largest tennis facility in the country, diverse work spaces, recreational facilities, retail centers, and entertainment venues encompassing the best Orlando has to offer with all the conveniences of a dynamic, vibrant community. Driven by a long-term vision, Lake Nona is committed to building an innovative community that inspires human potential whilst being focused on sustainable design, healthy living, and groundbreaking gigabit fiber optic technology. Adjacent to Orlando International Airport, Lake Nona will feature millions of square feet of commercial space, thousands of hotel rooms, 25,000+ residents and hundreds of shops and restaurants. Learn more at www.lakenona.com. About Tavistock Development Tavistock Development Company is a diversified real estate firm owned by Tavistock Group specializing in planning, design, finance, construction and development. Tavistock Development Company’s real estate portfolio is highlighted by the 14-square-mile, master-planned community Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, in addition to its infrastructure network, residential, office and retail development and medical and educational institutions. For more information, visit tavistockdevelopment.com.

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    New York, NY - January 9, 2017 - UpRight, a first-of-its-kind smart wearable that trains people to have better posture, announced the results of its Corporate Wellness Initiative in partnership with Ernst & Young (E&Y) Israel.  By introducing healthy posture habits into the workplace through training with UpRight, findings show improved employee health, productivity, and mood.  After just a few weeks of consistent training with UpRight, 75% of E&Y Israel employees participating in the study experienced improved posture and decreased back pain. As a result of improved posture habits from training with UpRight, more than half of the participants felt more productive and alert while at work.  “The reality is that most business men and women spend eight to twelve hours a day sitting slouched over at their desks, which leads to back pain, decreased productivity, poor health, and missed work days,” says Oded Cohen, Founder and CEO of UpRight. “The results of our Corporate Wellness Initiative with E&Y clearly show that it is possible to change bad posture habits for the better in just a few weeks. By gradually and consistently training back and core muscles, UpRight helped participants build muscle memory to improve their posture.” Additional findings from the case study include: 85% of participants became more aware of their posture 71% of participants felt more confident when they had good posture 66% of participants experienced the stregnthening of core muscles 50% of participants reported a difference in their posture in one to six sessions  As part of the initiative, the UpRight posture trainer was given to 31 employees at E&Y Israel along with a custom training program.  UpRight is a small wearable that attaches to the upper or lower back and employs advanced smart sensors to vibrate when the user slouches.  Employees connected their UpRight to the free mobile app (IOS and Android compatible), which then generated real-time feedback and a personalized training program for each participant.  Participants trained two to four times a week for six weeks starting out with just five minutes a day. They used UpRight while sitting at their desk, eating lunch, or attending a meeting. Throughout the initiative, employees were surveyed about the effects of using UpRight on back pain, productivity, and posture. Nearly half of the adult labor force in America suffer from head, back or neck pain, which negatively impacts their enjoyment of life and ability to work. The estimated cost to U.S. employers from lost working days and reduced productivity for back pain alone is over $7 billion per year and over 70% of these costs come from exacerbation of existing problems. Fortunately, employers can foster cost-saving and life-saving behavioral changes by empowering their workforce with appropriate tools and training.  Employees benefit from being supported to prioritize their physical wellbeing and a healthier staff provides huge long-term financial benefits and immediate cost savings. For additional information on UpRight’s Corporate Wellness initiatives including with SAP Software Solutions and Siemens, please visit: http://www.uprightpose.com/good-posture-training-real-results-from-upright/. UpRight posture trainer retails for $129.95 and is available for purchase online at UprightPose.com. About UpRight The UpRight Trainer (www.uprightpose.com) is a discrete wearable device that attaches to your back and trains people to improve posture. Every time the user slouches Upright gently vibrates reminding you to correct your posture. UPRIGHT is designed to be worn for short training sessions throughout the day (5 minutes to an hour a day) based on a personalized training program generated by the UpRight companion. 

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    Downers Grove, IL - January 10, 2017 - To help more youth and adults pursue careers in information technology (IT) and to promote diversity in the IT workforce, CompTIA has diversified its philanthropic efforts and established CompTIA Giving. "The IT industry needs more technology professionals — and more people need the types of career opportunities offered in tech. One way that CompTIA is tackling this workforce challenge is through social innovation and philanthropy," said Todd Thibodeaux, CEO, CompTIA. "We've pledged more than $3 million in philanthropic dollars to support this work in 2017, which is 5 percent of our annual revenues." CompTIA has separated its philanthropic investments along three branches: Creating IT Futures, CompTIA's main IT charity, which researches and launches new workforce development and STEM programs; NextUp, CompTIA's newest initiative to introduce middle-schoolers to tech careers through mentors and partners; and CompTIA Giving, which supports IT-related charities with financial and volunteer resources. Charles Eaton was named executive vice president of social innovation at CompTIA, while he also will continue to be the CEO of Creating IT Futures. Eaton commented, "We're looking forward to driving several new programs through all 3 philanthropic branches at CompTIA with the goal of shrinking the skills gap so that there are enough qualified IT workers to fill the jobs employers demand. Through CompTIA Giving, CompTIA will make most of its financial donations, while NextUp will focus on partnering and Creating IT Futures will build its own programs." Under CompTIA Giving, the Channel Chief Giving Circle works with industry leaders to identify worthwhile charities and make a $1,000 donation in those leaders' names. The Circle aims to donate $200,000 annually amongst the charities, most of which are focused on getting young people on a pathway to a tech career. CompTIA employees also spend hundreds of hours volunteering at a wide range of local and international charities. Staff get one paid day off to use each year to volunteer at a local charity and can participate in an aggressive charitable matching program in which CompTIA matches dollar-for-dollar to qualifying charities, up to $750 per employee per year. In addition, CompTIA Giving selects other non-profits such as ChiTech, a tech high school in Chicago; Per Scholas, a tech workforce development nonprofit in several U.S. cities; and Women's Audio Mission in San Francisco to support financially and with volunteerism.  As another part of CompTIA Giving, CompTIA's member communities and councils will continue to select technology-related charities to make annual donations of $10,000. Since 2013, these communities and councils have donated more than half a million dollars. Charities that would like to be considered for these annual gifts should contact Cathy Alper, director, member communities, CompTIA, at calper@comptia.org.

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    Tysons Corner, VA - January 10, 2017 - Management Concepts Inc., the nation's premier provider of professional development, performance improvement, and human capital solutions for the public sector, today announced it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) to provide training and training support services for the National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI). The U.S. Department of Labor is committed to the Nation's responsibility to meet the employment, training, and job security needs of Americans who have served in uniform, those transitioning from military service, and their spouses. VETS mission is to prepare transitioning service members and military spouses for civilian employment; provide employment and training services to eligible veterans, transitioning service members, and their spouses; protect service members and veterans by ensuring employers respect their rights to employment and reemployment and ensuring that federal employers appropriately give preferential hiring to veterans; and promote employment opportunities for veterans. NVTI was established in 1986 to further develop and enhance the professional skills of VETS-funded service providers throughout the United States. Since then, 70,000+ individuals have attended NVTI training. Under the NVTI program, Management Concepts will be responsible for providing professional training (classroom, virtual, and online) and administrative support for new and seasoned State Workforce Agency (SWA) workforce development professionals and their supervisors, Federal employees representing the Department of Defense, Justice, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, representatives from veteran service organizations, and other providers of veterans' services on behalf of DOL VETS. Over 9,000 individuals are expected to receive training through NVTI in the coming year. "We are delighted to partner with DOL VETS on the NVTI program and serve those organizations who serve our greater veteran community," said Stephen Maier, President of Management Concepts. "The goals of the organization are closely aligned to our own company mission – to unleash the potential of individuals, teams, and organizations – and we are excited to be a part of delivering this critical program." About Management Concepts Management Concepts is the leading provider of professional development, performance improvement, and human capital solutions to the public sector. Since 1973, we've collaborated with and supported every major agency in the Federal government, thousands of state and local government offices, numerous non-profit organizations and universities, and hundreds of corporations. Visit www.ManagementConcepts.com

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    Bengaluru, India - January 11, 2017 - KNOLSKAPE, the world’s leading modern workplace experiential learning company, is proud to announce its selection as a knowledge partners for the AP government’s new fintech initiative. KNOLSKAPE will be partnering with leading universities in the state, along with banks and companies in the fintech space, to develop a fintech curriculum. KNOLSKAPE’s selection as the knowledge partner is a key aspect of the AP government’s initiative to develop Vizag into a 'Fintech Valley'. KNOLSKAPE is uniquely placed as it brings to the table deep expertise in learning designed for the modern learner’s needs. Over 200 companies in 17 countries rely on KNOLSKAPE to transform employee learning and prepare their organizations for the digital age. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu inaugurated a technology-based financial services and academic center - Fintech Towers, Vizag.  A new fintech university International Institute of Digital Technology, on the lines of ISB, Hyderabad, will also be set up in Tirupati. The fintech university will train engineering and management graduates on use of digital and financial technology, apart from providing a start-up platform for young innovators.  “I see a bright future in banking BFSI and FinTech for those pursuing management and engineering degrees. Skills development is a fundamental foundation block to enable this. Sensing there will be a paradigm shift in the jobs of the future, being digital will be a prerequisite. As a global top 20 gamification company, we will utilize our deep expertise to promote digital readiness and expertise to promote Andhra Pradesh as a leading light for the digital and fintech readiness”, says Rajiv Jayaraman, CEO & Founder of KNOLSKAPE. About KNOLSKAPE KNOLSKAPE is a Modern Workplace Learning company that uses experiential technologies to accelerate learning, transform employee experience and boost productivity across four key areas: Leadership Development, Sales Effectiveness, Digital Transformation and Frontline Development. More than 200 clients in 17 countries have benefited from KNOLSKAPE's award-winning experiential solutions. Using business simulations, gamification, mobile, social, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and machine learning, KNOLSKAPE delivers transformative learning experience for the modern learner, rich analytics for the HR teams and improved performance for the organization. KNOLSKAPE is a 110+ strong team with offices in Singapore, India and the UAE, serving a rapidly growing global client base across industries spanning banking and finance, consulting, IT, FMCG, retail, manufacturing, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, engineering, auto, government and academia. KNOLSKAPE is a global Top 20 gamification company, recipient of Brandon Hall awards, and has been recognized as a disruptor in the learning space by Bersin@Deloitte.

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    Raleigh, NC - January 12, 2017 - Training Industry has announced its Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies List, as part of its mission to continually monitor the training marketplace for the best providers of training services and technologies. View the 2017 Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies This year’s Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies List was based on the following criteria: Leadership and innovation in Authoring Tools Breadth of Authoring Tools and delivery methods offered Company size and growth potential Quality and number of clients/users Geographic reach Awards, recognition and competitive differentiation “The 2017 Top 20 Authoring Tools Companies List recognizes the organizations that enable the creation of interactive and engaging training,” said Ken Taylor, President, Training Industry, Inc. “These companies are at the forefront of their sector, delivering the most advanced and intuitive authoring tools available in today’s learning technologies market.” “The authoring tools segment of the training industry benefits from the innovation of these companies, which bring new and engaging technologies into corporate learning,” said Doug Harward, CEO of Training Industry, Inc. “We expect these tools will positively impact the effectiveness of L&D professionals in all industries as they create learning content.” To contact Training Industry about the Top 20 Authoring Tools List, email info@trainingindustry.com. View the 2017 20 Top Authoring Tools Companies About Training Industry, Inc. Training Industry spotlights the latest news, articles, case studies and best practices within the training industry, and publishes annual Top 20 and Watch List reports covering many sectors of interest to the corporate training function. Our focus is on helping dedicated businesses and training professionals get the information, insight and tools needed to more effectively manage the business of learning.

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    London, United Kingdom - January 12, 2017 - Crehana, an online training platform for creative professionals in Spanish-speaking markets, announced today that it has completed a $750,000 seed capital round with the help of ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, and HOWZAT Partners. Crehana plans to use the funding for product development and for further expansion across Latin America. Crehana offers a wide range of affordable courses in creative disciplines such as web design, photography, design, animation, audiovisual and 3D. Addressing a gap in the provision of creative education between limited public university places and expensive, private tuition, Crehana has quickly become a valuable resource to an under-served and growing community of creative professionals in Spain and Latin America. By completing Crehana courses, students are able to continually develop skills, build an online portfolio of work and ultimately enhance their employment prospects. “We are selling in more than 15 countries in Latin America, helping aspiring professionals learn the skills they need to progress their career. Our plan is to democratize creative education through affordable learning,” said Diego Olcese, Crehana’s co-founder and chief executive officer. Further commenting, Mike Cowell, investment manager at ClearlySo: “Crehana has built an impressive platform, empowering creative people from all backgrounds to further their learning and develop new skills. The scalability of the platform, social impact and Crehana’s strong traction to date made it an appealing proposition for impact investors. We are proud to have supported Crehana on this transaction.” About Crehana Crehana is an integrated web platform that delivers creative education through project-based courses where students learn in-demand skills and connect with the teacher and other students through class forums and an online community. Launched in April 2015, it has built a catalogue of +300 courses across 15  creative disciplines. Training modules are currently delivered in Spanish and are curated by a network of over 120 expert content creators from around the world. About ClearlySo ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return. Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 100 clients raise more than £108 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors. In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards choosing sustainable businesses that deliver long term benefit to people, planet and the bottom line. ClearlySo is headquartered in London. About HOWZAT Partners HOWZAT Partners is a London and Luxembourg based Venture Capital Investor with an international portfolio. Founded in 2006, the fund focuses on investments in digital start-up companies between the early Seed to Series A phase. For further information on the fund, its managers and a current list of investments please refer to www.howzatpartners.com.

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    Minneapolis, MN - January 12, 2017 - RedBrick Health, a leading provider of health and well-being solutions that deliver better employee experience and stronger Culture of Health, has expanded into a second office in Phoenix, Arizona. RedBrick's newest location, which houses RedBrick coaches and well-being guides, adds capacity to address a growing roster of clients and consumers across the U.S. "To address growing demand, we are excited to open our second coaching operations center," said Dan Ryan, chief executive officer at RedBrick Health. "This lets us continue to serve our expanding client base with the exceptional level of service our consumers have come to expect from RedBrick." RedBrick's uniquely integrated model blends digital and live support delivered by a broad, cross-disciplinary team, which produces a better, more cohesive well-being experience. Results from a rigorous study found that RedBrick's approach to coaching yields clinically significant biometric outcomes—reducing obesity and hyperlipidemia—and improves behaviors ranging from physical activity to nutrition, and resilience to stress. Research conducted in 2015 confirmed that key portions of the population, particularly older individuals and those in rural areas, prefer live interaction with a coach over digital forms of engagement. Integrating both is essential to meeting diverse population needs. "While we're proud of our progress in advancing the digital coaching experience and demonstrating real, objective outcomes from our digital interventions, we're equally proud to have re-imagined the role of the coach by applying our unique Behavior Change Framework™ to the coaching process," said Jeff Dobro, MD, chief medical officer at RedBrick. "Our research confirms what we've always suspected: that providing access to personal coaching is essential to engaging populations across the risk spectrum. We've also re-imagined how our teams are built, so we can provide effective support across that spectrum—from those who are well to those with chronic conditions." In addition to their advanced behavioral training, RedBrick's coaches offer a breadth of expertise to address needs not typically covered by wellness coaches. "Our teams provide effective support to those with rising risks or with chronic conditions, and our model uniquely extends to cover personal pharmacist support and high-risk care coordination services," added Dobro. RedBrick's new Phoenix-based coaches and well-being guides join those at the Minneapolis headquarters in delivering a concierge-style coaching experience that is supportive, non-judgmental and behavior-based. RedBrick's unique "Person-First" approach starts with intrinsic motivations and life goals, rather than leading with risks and conditions. Consumers consistently give the experience five-star ratings and strong net promoter scores. About RedBrick Health RedBrick Health helps organizations improve population health and well-being. Because every consumer has unique needs, we combine our exclusive Behavior Change Framework with adaptive technology and live concierge services to drive greater engagement and more lasting results than industry norms. Over 100 leading employers, partners, health plans and healthcare delivery organizations rely on RedBrick Health to measurably improve the health of their populations—while measurably improving their bottom line. Visit RedBrick at RedBrickHealth.com, read more at the Health Innovation Blog, or follow the company on Twitter or LinkedIn.

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    Salt Lake City, UT - January 12, 2017 - Bridge by Instructure, a leading learning management system (LMS) for businesses, today announced a partnership with eLearning Brothers, a global provider of templates, custom design and training for e-learning professionals. This partnership provides organizations access to customizable, engaging content through Bridge, enabling them to tailor job- and business-specific content to meet the individual needs and culture of a company. “When we looked to build course content for Bridge, we wanted to find a partner that could match the innovation and modern voice we have ushered in with our product,” said Matt Bingham, VP of product for Bridge at Instructure. “eLearning Brothers is renowned for having a five-star template library for e-learning content, and Bridge is an LMS that’s making corporate training customizable and easier to access. Together, we’re providing businesses with the best of both worlds when it comes to curating and delivering beautiful content that keeps employees engaged and performing at their peak potential.” This partnership brings customizable, off-the-shelf content directly to businesses. With 20 courses currently available to Bridge customers, the mobile-friendly training covers all the major topics businesses need to cover, including: Business Leadership Skills: Management Basics, Goal Setting & Achieving Teamwork, Conflict Management, Coaching & Feedback, and Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Business 101 Skills: Effective Communication, Customer Service Success, Effective Meetings, Selling for Success, Emotional Intelligence, and Presentation Skills HR/Compliance: Hiring for Managers, Harassment Prevention (EE & Mgr. Editions), HIPAA: Privacy & Security Basics, and Valuing & Respecting Differences Safety Training: Risks & Hazards, Preventing Workplace Violence (incl. Bullying), Environment, and Safety & Health Unlike other content offerings, where the courses can last an hour or more, these new courses on Bridge are bite-sized—no more than 15 minutes long—to get learners back to work with the information they need to be successful. Course administrators can change anything in the course, including swapping out assets and receiving the accompanying mp4 files, graphics and infographics. The courses also have placeholders for trainers to link to their own internal documents, intranets and more. Additionally, by integrating other learning resources that a company may already use, like Lynda.com or Open Sesame, Bridge users can keep learning centralized in one platform. “Since the very beginning, our goal has been to put together interactive, engaging and inspiring content to empower others to enhance their e-learning courses,” said Curtis Morley, president at eLearning Brothers. “Teaming up with Instructure was a natural next step, and we’re excited to help businesses meet their unique needs through the Bridge LMS.” For more information about eLearning Brothers, please visit eLearningBrothers.com. For more information about Bridge, please visit www.GetBridge.com. About eLearning Brothers eLearning Brothers provides the planet’s largest, most interactive library of learning assets for rapid e-learning development. eLearning Brothers was founded in 2009 by two brothers who recognized the need to enable awesome e-learning development with great-looking templates. www.eLearningBrothers.com  About Instructure Instructure, Inc. is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximize the potential of people through technology, Instructure created Canvas and Bridge to enable educational institutions and organizations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of instructors and learners at more than 2,000 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world. Learn more about Canvas for higher ed and K–12, and Bridge for the corporate market, at www.Instructure.com.

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    Columbia, MD - January 13, 2017 - Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation and Degreed, the fast-growing technology company that has pioneered an engaging, beautiful and intuitive way to empower and recognize all forms of professional and lifelong learning, have partnered to offer Degreed's award-winning learning platform to GP Strategies' clients in the US federal government as well as commercial enterprise clients globally. With access to the Degreed platform, clients can support employees' learning by enabling them to discover, curate, share, track and value all kinds of learning—from anywhere—all in one place. Informal and self-directed learning are essential parts of people's development, but until now, have been difficult for corporate learning and development (L&D) teams to manage. Degreed's innovative platform provides the structure and tools that today's L&D leaders need to organize, curate, target and track all forms of learning, wherever they happen, from a single, easy-to-use platform. As a result, Degreed enables L&D teams to spend less time managing learning and more time empowering learners. Don Duquette, Executive Vice President for GP Strategies, stated, "Integrating Degreed's platform with our clients' Learning Management Systems and paid, external vendor content, along with the internet's vast ecosystem of free and open informal learning resources, is a critical component of our customers' learning strategies. By partnering with Degreed, GP Strategies and its clients can more efficiently deliver engaging, collaborative and personalized learning experiences to every employee." "Many of our clients are already leveraging Degreed to target learning experiences at people's job roles and career goals, as well as corporate strategies and initiatives," said David Blake, chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Degreed. "We are thrilled to work with GP Strategies, which has a presence in 80 countries, in order to connect their clients with the solutions that can enhance corporate learning and elevate the expertise of their entire workforces." About GP Strategies GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com. About Degreed Degreed is an award-winning learning platform built for the way today's workers really build their expertise and grow their careers. Degreed integrates organizations' internal talent systems with the world's largest ecosystem of open learning resources -- over 3 million courses, videos, articles, books, podcasts and more from nearly 1,400 sources. As a result, organizations and their people can discover, share and track all their development, however and wherever they learn. Founded in 2012, Degreed is headquartered in San Francisco with additional offices in Salt Lake City and Amsterdam. Learn more about Degreed at: Website | Facebook | Google+ | YouTube | LinkedIn | Twitter

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    London, U.K. - January 13, 2017 - Gamification company Sparta announced today its launch into the UK market as its looks to replicate its success beyond the Nordics. Sparta helps organisations: Drive revenue growth. Build stronger sales and customer retention cultures. Promotes actions and behaviors across businesses. This is done via a powerful gamification solution that taps into what really motivates and rewards employees and provides recognition to employees by helping to facilitate coaching, competitions, goal-setting and other management initiatives. Since being founded in late 2013, the company's impressive client roster includes customers across a variety of size, industry and regions including Coca Cola, Hyundai, EON, Volkswagen, Office Depot, Spotify and Netigate. A recent survey by Incentive Research found that 50% fewer sales reps are motivated by money, compared to just 5 years ago, while 33% of employees do not feel appreciated at work. By using the Sparta tool you can not only ensure staff are fully engaged and are energised in their day to day roles, but also help improve company culture and exceed business objectives Download our latest whitepaper on "Why Sales Gamification Is Here To Stay In 2017" Peter Britten, UK Managing Director for Sparta, "Having been in sales and leaderships positions for over 15 years I totally understand the challenges that are out there when it comes to motivation, engagement and driving key activities and company behaviours with staff. The Sparta software achieves all these and more, and I am excited to now have the opportunity to provide a tool to the UK market that can make such a big and positive difference to so many organisations" Here are some ways that the Sparta tool can impact businesses:  Provides employee engagement, motivation, energy, recognition and reward - "50% fewer sales reps are motivated by money, compared to just 5 years ago" (Incentive Research Foundation) Increases activities towards core business objectives resulting in an increase on overall individual and business performance - "most teams have an average of 60% of mid level inconsistent performers." Provides real time and transparent measurements of the company's and individual's' performance across departments, teams and employees through computers, mobile phones  and TV screens - "as an employee, you win through your activities; as a manager you win with through the activities of your people." Presents ways to make home and internationally based employees feel less isolated, more included and part of the team, company goals and culture - "The sense of belonging is very challenging for virtual workers, who seem to be all alone out in cyberland." (Kaplan University) Enhances a healthy, competitive, collaborative and fun working environment to help attract and retain the best talents-. "78% percent of business leaders rank employee retention as important or urgent." (TLNT - Talent Management and HR) Saves time that can now be focussed on business critical activities. No more need to use whiteboards, excel and email to run and report on internal competitions - "corporate managers are wasting 36 per cent of time on needless administrative tasks" (cloud company, ServiceNow) Assists business leaders with performance management, coaching and career progression of their employees - "CFOs spend at least 40% of their time on business performance management, but they estimate that 30% of their company's performance potential is lost due to ineffective performance management processes and behaviours." (Talent Management 360) Help to increase better use by employees of internal workflow and CRM systems. Includes the opportunity to integrate with Salesforce and your own business systems through Sparta's API. - "Automate [as much] CRM activity because you're never going to change behaviour." (James KaikisManager of Sales Engineering) Watch our video on how Sparta can increase the performance of a sales team. James Pember founder and CEO "I'm truly excited by the prospect of taking our innovative and successful solution to the UK market. We have incredible demand for our product already, as evidenced by some significant contracts with big enterprises already, in addition to a feeling that the business culture is a real match for what our solution delivers." Setting up and using Sparta is extremely quick and easy. Watch this short video which shows just how easy it is! Click here to request a demo Alternatively get in touch via hello@spartasales.com or contact Peter Britten, UK Managing Director,  peter.britten@spartasales.com and start benefiting from this market leading gamification tool.

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