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Interplay Learning At a Glance

Since 2016, Austin, Texas-based Interplay Learning has been the leading global provider of award-winning online and virtual reality (VR) training and education for essential skilled trades. This includes HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, Solar and Facilities Maintenance workforces. Our mission is to build better training, careers and lives for our customers and their employees by delivering scalable and highly effective digital learning simulations.


How are we doing this? By closing the skills gap for essential skills trade workers by quickly and safely training them using the latest technology in Comersive Learning. Our platform recreates lifelike VR scenarios for skilled trades workers, allowing them to learn in a more engaging environment. We provide a deeper level of connected learning that reinforces competence and creates confidence. The result is a workforce that is assured, highly skilled and ready in just a few weeks, not years.

We’re revolutionizing training for the skilled trades that hasn’t changed for 100 years. Our scalable, comersive learning solution compresses time from beginner to mastery – and can efficiently train hundreds of workers to be job-ready at the same time – quickly. Our revolutionary technology speaks for itself. Interplay Learning was named to the 2020 Inc. Best in Business list, won the AI Breakthrough Award for Best Use of Virtual Reality for Enterprise Applications and is an AHR Expo – Innovations Awards 2020 Winner.

Welcome to the next generation of the skilled labor workforce. 

Get in touch with us at press@interplaylearning.com.

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Fast Facts

Founder & CEO

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Doug Donovan is the dynamic leader behind Interplay Learning. He drives the company’s strategic vision, and enthusiastically inspires his team every day to think bigger.

Before Interplay, Doug was involved in several startups, including Greener Dawn and SmashCast.

Year Founded
September 2016

Austin, TX

Doug Donovan

Number of Employees
55 Full-time Employees

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2018 Inc. 5000 Listaward7Austin Inno Awards 2019

“Interplay's platform has quickly become the foundation for our internal training program. The content engages our junior technicians, so they actually use it and can see a clear path on how to grow their technical skills. This means we can hire for attitude and train for skill.”

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“Experienced technicians have said it is a respectful challenge to their skills. It’s a place to go to ‘sharpen the saw.’ Newer technicians like to be able to see and engage what they’re working with. Company managers like it because the technicians are proving that they have the skill.”

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“Interplay Learning, an Austin start-up, drops an HVAC worker into a backyard with a faulty unit or lets an electrical engineer dig into a tangle of wires, allowing them to apply their training and gain hands-on experience from their desks.”

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