Partnerships and Alliances (June 2021)

The latest training industry mergers, acquisitions, partnerships, and more.

  • FranklinCovey, a global company specializing in organizational performance improvement, acquired Strive, an EdTech startup, which developed and markets a learning deployment platform. Strive’s social learning platform capabilities will be integrated into FranklinCovey’s All Access Pass. The annually renewable pass provides passholders with unlimited access to FranklinCovey’s collection of content and solutions. Passholders can assemble, integrate, and deliver content from 26 areas through various delivery channels, including on demand, live online, live in-person, and microlearning. Passholders also have exclusive access to an implementation specialist and additional add-on services, such as coaching.
  • Intellum, a customer education platform, and Honorlock, an online exam proctoring solution, announced a fully integrated certification solution designed for corporate training and education programs. Organizations that certify an individual’s level of knowledge or proficiency in an industry or profession now are able to leverage Honorlock’s artificial intelligence-based online exam proctoring and cheating mitigation software to further ensure the integrity of the certification programs that are designed and delivered on the Intellum Platform. Honorlock’s proprietary in-browser technology leverages AI to monitor user behavior through head movement, mobile device engagement, and voice detection. If Honorlock detects potential cheating, a live proctor is alerted to intervene in real time to ensure the integrity of the certification exam.
  • Cornerstone OnDemand Foundation, Project HOPE, SweetRush, and Brown University partnered to release a three-part, 90-minute series of free, online courses that provides COVID-19 vaccine education courses to front-line healthcare professionals. For more information, visit:
  • Hibob,the company behind human capital management platform bob, acquired Cassiopeia, a startup that developed artificial intelligence-based workplace relationship analytics technology to help teams improve communication, collaboration, and work-life balance through advanced communication pattern analysis. Hibob, together with the Cassiopeia team that has joined the company, will offer robust analytics for companies operating in hybrid and remote work models by identifying distributed teams’ interactions and providing actionable insights to help increase the ability to work effectively together.
  • Learn In, a developer of marketplace and funding solutions for rapid, job-ready skill building through bootcamp and certificate programs, partnered with Degreed, a leading enterprise learning experience platform. The partnership will give Degreed’s 7 million users access to a marketplace of short, cohort-based learning experiences, plus tools that unlock employer tuition assistance, allocate and manage necessary time for learning, and provide support via personal coaches.
  • upGrad, South Asia’s largest online higher education company, acquired Impartus, a video-enabled learning solutions provider. Now a 100 percent subsidiary of upGrad, Impartus has been integrated into the EdTech giant’s ecosystem and rebranded as “upGrad Campus.” Under the new brand, upGrad Campus will target higher education institutions and college students with its learning tools and content, in an integrated solution.
Lorri Freifeld is the editor/publisher of Training magazine. She writes on a number of topics, including talent management, training technology, and leadership development. She spearheads two awards programs: the Training APEX Awards and Emerging Training Leaders. A writer/editor for the last 30 years, she has held editing positions at a variety of publications and holds a Master’s degree in journalism from New York University.