Gamelearn one of 100 finalists for South Summit 2020

Gamelearn has been chosen as one of 100 finalists at South Summit 2020, which will be held online, free of charge, from October 6 to 8. This comes on the heels of winning the competition for EdTech startups at the Virtual South Summit last May, and now Gamelearn is back to compete with companies from many different industries.

100 startups were selected from 3,800 entries from 115 different countries

The South Summit has been backed since its inception in 2012 by one of Europe’s best business schools, IE Business School, and its mission is to help promising projects gain visibility and raise the funds they need to keep growing. 

And it’s worldwide; the 100 finalists from this year’s competition were selected from a pool of 3,800 projects from 115 countries and from industries all over the spectrum: healthcare, the environment, education, and transportation, and more.  At the event, judges will choose one winner for each of the nine total categories.

To whittle the field down to 100 finalists, the South Summit judges took a wide range of criteria, such as level of innovation, investment potential, and growth prospects, into account. They also looked at the use of new technology such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and digitization in its many forms. 

These tools are now widely considered essential for business development in the modern age, and they’re where Gamelearn hangs its hat. The Spanish company, which was founded in 2007, is dedicated to developing high-quality video games for corporate training and has been honing its unique approach to online game-based learning since its creation.

Gamelearn, the Spanish leader in game-based learning

Over 15 years ago, Gamelearn was founded by three partners, Ibrahim Jabary, Mai Apraiz, and Eduardo Monfort. At that point in time, the internet was relatively undeveloped, which made the company a pioneer in video games for corporate training. Since then, however, it’s been able to position itself as a market leader, giving hundreds of thousands of professionals from over 2,500 companies around the world the opportunity to learn by having fun. 

Over its lengthy history, the company has won numerous awards, in fact, it’s the most award-winning game-based learning company in the world. Most recently, it’s video game Mars won a Gold Stevie® in its category for Best Training Program. Another one of its games, Merchants, which focuses on negotiation and conflict management skills, also won a gold medal at this year’s International Serious Play Awards

And, as mentioned previously, Gamelearn also took first in the competition for EdTech startups at the Virtual South Summit in May. At this event, Gamelearn’s CEO Ibrahim Jabary laid out his vision for the future of training video games:

“With markets constantly changing, and new ones opening up due to the current health crisis, it’s increasingly important for companies to embrace all that digitization has to offer moving forward. 

However, many organizations seem to be stuck in time, clinging to older methods such as text, video, and PowerPoint presentations. But these approaches get stale, and they don’t do anything to really engage students. In fact, students taking traditional e-learning courses only complete their workplace training 25% of the time on average, which means a lot of wasted time and money.  

Gamelearn’s solution focuses on making these courses engaging and rewarding by using video games. By combining simulators, storytelling, and gamification, students using the Gamelearn platform have course completion rates greater than 90%.”

The health crisis brought on by the Coronavirus has forced companies from all sectors to adapt on the fly. For most, this has meant shifting to telecommuting regardless of whether they were ready for it or not. Gamelearn’s product helps these companies smooth over this process, giving them the ability to keep training their employees without missing a beat. This will undoubtedly be a deciding factor for the judges in this year’s South Summit. 

If you’d like to attend this event, sign up for free and follow it online on October 6 to 8.

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