Irish tech start-up gets China boost
AN IRISH technology start-up has continued to strengthen its foothold in Asian markets after signing an agreement with the largest integrated education website in China.
The partnership between Onwards Learning Ltd and eol.cn is the latest strategic business move for the young e-learning company.
Eol.cn achieves between 2 million and 9 million unique visits per day and will promote Onwards Learning nationally as part of the government-backed deal.
A link to the Irish firm's portal will also be added to the globally recognised site.
This recent announcement follows a €3.75m deal created between the online language company and China Computer Correspondence College (CCCC) – a vocational organisation – in December of last year.
Up to one million Chinese college students will have access to the firm's cloud-based solution LearnOnEnglish.com as the technology is rolled out over a three-year period.
LearnOnEnglish offers a range of language learning resources and assessment tools as well as international accreditation to student users.
Co-founder Carlo Crighton said the eol.cn deal is "a major coup" for the firm as it aims to expand its international student and professional base. With strong Chinese government connections, Onwards Learning plans to strengthen its foothold in Asia before taking the platform global.