San Francisco-based online education company Udemy has acquired CorpU, an online leadership development platform that delivers cohort-based learning experiences and access to experts.

Since its founding in 1997, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania-based CorpU has delivered courses to more than 16,000 cohorts, reaching over 160,000 participants worldwide.

Gregg Coccari, chief executive of Udemy, said: “We’re committed to creating new possibilities for people and organisations everywhere by connecting them to the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in a changing world. With Udemy’s real-world expert instructors and CorpU’s experienced professors and peer-to-peer learning capabilities, companies can build agility and resilience in teams to take on today’s toughest challenges. We believe that CorpU will allow Udemy to help companies go further in upskilling initiatives and deepen collaboration and leadership capabilities through immersive learning experiences.”

Alan Todd, founder and general manager of CorpU, added: “While leadership development is a critical business imperative, many companies struggle to effectively deliver facilitated and immersive training virtually. As a leading learning marketplace focused on innovation through online learning, Udemy is the ideal partner for CorpU. Together, we have the opportunity to help organisations everywhere prepare for the future and provide leaders with the tools, knowledge, and capabilities to propel their businesses forward.”

Greg Brown, president of Udemy Business, said: “We believe the pandemic demonstrated the need for a new approach to workforce development. As a result of this fast-paced change coupled with a shift to hybrid work environments, businesses are actively searching for the best ways to develop leaders and employees in a global, scalable, and accessible way. CorpU is a powerful addition to strengthen our Udemy Business offering for organizations by elevating leadership development capabilities and helping customers achieve critical business outcomes.”

Date published: 10 September 2021

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