Education firms merge to form powerhouse Olus Education

Openet founder Joe Hogan is among investors in Olus Education, which is the result of a merger between The Academy of Code and Cocoon Education.

Just ahead of the new school year a new digital learning innovator has been formed called Olus Education.

Olus Education has been formed via the merger of two existing market leaders in digital learning – The Academy of Code and Cocoon Education. The new entity will benefit from the teams’ combined experience and expertise at a point of rapid evolution in online learning.

“Ireland’s young people are already leaders in this area and Olus Education wants to inspire them to reach their full potential”

Olus Education’s blended learning portal means schools will be equipped to provide essential digital skills in the classroom and at home, while parents can also register their children directly for Olus’ extracurricular courses, covering everything from basic tech skills right up to masterclass level.

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“We’re thrilled to be able to share the news about Olus Education – we’ve crafted an amazing offering for students, parents and teachers which will help them make great strides at all levels of digital learning,” said the CEO of Olus Education Diarmuid Ó Muirgheasa.

“Ireland’s young people are already leaders in this area and Olus Education wants to inspire them to reach their full potential”.

Schools who sign up to Olus Education will be able to provide essential digital learning in all lessons – using tools such as Google Workspace, creative media, coding and digital wellbeing. It’s the first time a platform has offered technology training on this broad a spectrum to students in Ireland and the UK.

Olus Education’s vhief product officer Gavin Molloy believes the use of remote learning since 2020 has opened many people’s eyes.

“This trend was growing before the pandemic but now, digital learning has been accepted as a vital part of a well-rounded education, preparing young people for future careers and a more tech-reliant society. Olus Education is set up to provide the best path from a basic understanding to professional proficiency”. 

Irish business leader and founder of Openet Joe Hogan is among the investors in Olus Education. Openet was acquired last year by tech giant Amdocsv in a deal worth €155.2m.

Hogan said he believes the Olus team is offering the right product at the right time. “Knowing the sector as I do, and the quality brought by the various parties to the Olus Education setup, I have every confidence this will be a fantastic addition to the education and tech landscape in Ireland. Every young person needs to be provided with world-class digital training and I believe Olus Education is the place to find it.”

Main image at top: Pictured at the Digital Hub in Dublin to mark the official launch of Olus Education are CEO Diarmuid Ó Muirgheasa and chief product officer, Gavin Molloy. Photo: Shane O’Neill, Coalesce


John Kennedy
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