It has been four years in the making – but now a multi-million pound tech project has been released which is set to revolutionise business training.
And York companies can be among the first to try it at a free workshop.
To book your free place on the workshop, go here
SimVenture Evolution is a ground-breaking online business strategy game.
Players launch a virtual company and manage it through all the typical challenges that company owners face.
It is the brainchild from York-based Venture Simulations Ltd, which for the past ten years has pioneered tech-based entrepreneurial training.
The company’s multi-award winning SimVenture Classic software is used by hundreds of companies and colleges worldwide.
SimVenture Evolution takes business simulation to a whole new level.
Designed to fast-track training, the web-based software ‘gamifies’ the learning process.
Users can complete scenarios, tackle thematic activities or compete with others anywhere in the world to create the most sustainable and profitable virtual company.
Or they can join with remote teams to work together on the same goals.
At the same time, trainers can assess their progress in real-time or later – whether they are in the same room or in different country.
Developed over four years in association with eight universities, Evolution has already been snapped up by a number of corporations and higher education institutes.
“Research shows that we learn best from our mistakes,” said Venture Simulations CEO Peter Harrington.
“But in a business setting that can be very expensive. SimVenture Evolution lets you make mistakes and learn from them without any real-world consequences.”
Immersive and authentic
Much of the four years spent developing the software has been devoted to making it as authentic and engaging as possible.
As immersive as the best video games, Evolution confronts players with the real-world challenges faced by a 21st century start-up – from cashflow to marketing to growing a workforce.
The software will be a huge boon to trainers and talent development managers looking for a way to accelerate business training within their organisation.
Unlike traditional training methods, users of SimVenture Evolution won’t have to spend any time or money travelling to a training centre. All work is completed online.
If you want to learn more and try out the new digital technology, you can join a free SimVenture Evolution Workshop at the University of York on Wednesday, October 18.
Both Peter Harrington and his fellow director Paul Brough Jones will be at the event to share their work and answer questions.