Interplay Learning Named to Inc.’s 2020 Inaugural Best in Business List in the On the Rise Category


The leading global provider of online and virtual reality training for the essential skilled trades wins the Gold medal award in the On the Rise 0-4 Years category as part of Inc.’s 2020 Best in Business list. The first annual recognition program celebrates companies making the biggest impact on their communities, their industries, the environment or society as a whole.

Austin, Texas – December 3, 2020Interplay Learning has been named to Inc.’s inaugural Best in Business list in the On the Rise 0-4 Years category. The Austin-based tech firm received a Gold medal award. The Best in Business Awards was created by Inc. to honor companies that have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference.

The list, which can be found in the Winter issue of Inc. (on newsstands December 29, 2020), recognizes small- and medium-size privately held American businesses, which have had a superlative impact on their communities, their industries, the environment or society as a whole. Honorees for gold, silver, bronze and general excellence across industries and categories, are featured online at

Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc., says, “It’s been an incredibly challenging year for companies. Across industries, businesses have had to make brutally tough decisions and face unprecedented uncertainty. That’s why we knew 2020 called for a new recognition program, something to complement our annual Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing private companies in the country. For Best in Business, these companies, such as Interplay Learning, have prioritized tackling today’s problems to lead us to a better future.”

“We are honored to be nominated and win such a competitive award, especially during such a challenging time,” said Doug Donovan, founder and CEO of Interplay Learning. “I am so proud of how our team found the passion to remain diligent and dedicated to developing world-class digital experiential training for the essential skilled trades workforce this year. Thank you again, to Inc., for recognizing Interplay’s efforts to deliver on our vision that better careers means better lives.”

Instead of relying on quantitative criteria linked to sales or funding, Inc.’s editors reviewed the companies’ achievements over the past year and noted how they made a positive difference in the world. They then selected honorees in more than 30 different industries — health, software, retail, business services, and more — and in age- and revenue-based categories. The applicant pool was extremely competitive, with approximately 2,700 entries and an acceptance rate in the low single digits — a huge success for these honorees in their inaugural year.


The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across various channels, including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the Inc. 5000 allows these founders a chance to engage with their peers’ in an exclusive community with the credibility to help drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit

About Interplay Learning

Founded in 2016, Interplay Learning is the leading global provider of online and VR training for the essential skilled trades. The Austin, Texas-based firm develops and delivers scalable, highly effective digital learning simulations for the HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Solar and Facilities Maintenance workforce. Using the digital experiential learning platform, Interplay Learning allows its customers to practice hands-on learning and train to be job-ready in weeks, not years. The company was named to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list, won the AI Breakthrough Award for Best Use of Virtual Reality for Enterprise Applications, and is an AHR Expo – Innovations Awards 2020 Winner. Interplay Learning is building better training, better careers and better lives for its customers and their employees. Welcome to the next generation of the skilled labor workforce. Visit to learn more.

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