Industry-Shaping VR Training Platform Raises $20 Million to Expand Its Leading Position in a Rapidly Evolving Marketplace

Mursion, the industry leader in immersive virtual reality training for emotional intelligence in the workplace, today announced it has closed a $20 million Series B financing, led by Leeds Illuminate.  

Mursion is at the forefront of training individuals to be more empathetic and emotionally adept via virtual reality simulations that feature immersive interactions with human-guided avatars. Organizations turn to Mursion for a safe place to practice human skills, such as emotional  intelligence, adaptability, and resilience, in an authentic risk-free environment where the danger of harming the individual’s performance and company’s reputation is eliminated. By blending AI with live human interaction, Mursion offers a virtual environment for practicing critical human skills in a consistent, customizable, cost-effective way, at scale.  

“Mursion’s extraordinary recent growth is evidence of the market need for an immersive and  easily accessible platform to practice behaviors tied to strategic imperatives, across business, healthcare, government, and education environments,” according to Susan Cates, Managing Partner of Leeds Illuminate.

Mursion’s unique approach delivers measurable results and real impact for learners ranging from doctors to front-line managers to K12 teachers. - Susan Cates, Leeds Illuminate Managing Partner

 

With the global pandemic accelerating the shift towards virtual learning in the Fortune 1000, Mursion’s ability to provide immersive, hyper realistic simulations of challenging workplace conversations proved consequential. In 2020, Mursion deepened its existing  partnerships with such top companies as T-Mobile, Coca-Cola, and LinkedIn and signed new deals with industry leaders like H&R Block, Indeed, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Johnson & Johnson. Clients in government, healthcare, higher education, and business partner with Mursion to practice a wide range of skills including leadership development, conflict resolution, clinical reasoning, and sales. Many recent collaborations are centered on the implementation of immersive Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training that builds trust and supports  courageous conversation between managers and their teams. 

“Mursion was founded on the basis that human skills, such as the ability to give constructive feedback and to deescalate interpersonal conflicts are not merely “nice-to-have” capabilities in the workplace, they are paramount to an individual’s and an organization’s success,” said Mursion CEO Mark Atkinson. “Numerous studies have proven that companies that build a mutually supportive culture at work show more growth in revenue.” 

Mursion Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer Arjun Nagendran added: “Effectively combining the latest advancements in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and human reasoning unlocks the potential to create human behavioral change. This change, afforded via Mursion’s  immersive technology, will be at the heart of driving every organization’s productivity and impact in the next decade.”  

This new funding caps a momentous year for Mursion, with highlights such as inclusion in Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies 2020;” a multi-phased roll-out of intricate new software features, including photorealistic avatars and environments; enhanced learning analytics; and overwhelming demand for its trademark simulations that blend artificial intelligence and live human interaction. 

by Wendy

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