Wednesday, 22 May 2019 10:02

Curiious raises $2 million to fuel global growth

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Sydney-based communication company Curiious has closed a $2 million capital raising as it looks to scale up the global expansion of its multi-user, immersive learning and collaboration platform.

The investment coincides with the official launch of its “first-of-its-kind” virtual reality platform, Curiious IQ, a VR education and training platform which the company claims is set to “change the way businesses, institutions and individuals learn and collaborate”.

According to the company, the Curiious IQ platform is enabled for VR devices of any kind, allowing people to access a platform of shared learning experiences, and live working spaces – and can stream live to small groups or up to 50 or more headsets simultaneously.

Curiious claims the platform has already attracted significant interest with clients in the education and corporate training sectors in both Australia and the United States.

"To remain competitive in such a fast-moving world, businesses & institutions need to adapt at the speed of innovation," said Brett Heil, founder, Curiious.

“Technological advances in staff training, education and effective remote collaboration are enabling competitive advantages across many industries, and VR in particular is taking off in these areas."

The development of the VR platform comes after many years by Heiil working in the VR content development space, and Heil becoming frustrated at the “inherent challenges with the suitability of VR for use in groups”.

"While traditional VR technology created a powerful and personal experience, the user experience of the technology was isolating, difficult to manage and honestly impractical when working in group settings. That what we set out to solve and what lead us to create Curiious IQ," said Heil.

Michelle Schuberg, general manager, Curiious, says the company is working closely with education departments, corporate clients and healthcare organisations to create content for virtual learning and collaboration.

"One of the main benefits of the IQ platform is that the educator is able to see and determine in real time how a student or staff member is faring. From there they can change the environment and identify individuals or teams which need greater assistance.

"For any organisation that needs to train staff or students, Curiious IQ can provide higher engagement, better retention and ultimately a faster path to proficiency. An offering that is proving very attractive to clients and investors alike."

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