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Participate named “Enterprise Learning Solution of the Year” in 2021 EdTech Breakthrough Awards program

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Prestigious awards program recognizes outstanding educational technology products and companies

2021 Edtech Breakthrough Award logo with the Participate Logo

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – June 9, 2021 – Participate Inc., a social learning leader that designs and hosts online learning communities to connect adult learners and spark a change in practice, today announced that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected Participate as the winner of its “Enterprise Learning Solution of the Year” award in the third annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program. In 2020, the company was recognized as “EdTech Startup of the Year” award by EdTech Breakthrough.

Participate helps organizations design powerful spaces for collaboration and knowledge creation in online Communities of Practice (CoPs) that deliver sustainable impact. This allows organizations to harness their collective wisdom and discover untapped knowledge. Combining virtual learning, embedded collaboration, open communication, and a knowledge base, the solution is an all-in-one collaboration space that houses content, scales an institution’s learning initiatives and connects professionals online. 

Leveraging a suite of robust features, such as discussion threads, groups, micro-credentials, resource collections, direct messaging and formative peer review, Participate’s CoP solution encourages authentic, actionable learning.

As an affordable and learner-driven platform, Participate aims to create an impact on practice as a result of collaborative e-learning, showing that the success of online learning is in the change in practice made by members of a community, not just in course completion rates.

“More than ever, educational institutions are using virtual courses to design learning pathways that build upon in-person courses. With Participate, institutions can also organize their resources in online resource collections, communicate efficiently and collaborate,” said James Johnson, managing director, EdTech Breakthrough. “As the first and only intentionally-designed Community of Practice platform, Participate has shifted the traditional method of e-learning from content dissemination to knowledge creation. Congratulations on winning ‘Enterprise Learning Solution of the Year’ in our 2021 EdTech Breakthrough Awards program.”

The mission of the EdTech Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of educational technology categories, including Student Engagement, School Administration, Adaptive Learning, STEM Education, e-Learning, Career Preparation and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 2,000 nominations from more than 17 different countries throughout the world. 

Since 2019, Participate has supported nonprofits, education researchers, curriculum providers and higher education institutions around the world in expanding their online offerings and driving authentic community learning using Communities of Practice. 

“Throughout the past year of the pandemic, we’ve had the privilege to support our amazing and wonderful partners in transitioning programming, events and learning initiatives online so that they can continue to thrive in a virtual environment,” said Mark Otter, CEO, Participate. “Participate aims to be the place where the world learns together, and through online Communities of Practice, we can build stronger, more sustainable and more equitable communities to impact our world. Thank you so much to EdTech Breakthrough for this incredible recognition.”


About Participate

Participate helps organizations build powerful spaces for collaboration and knowledge creation in online Communities of Practice (CoPs) that deliver sustainable impact. Harness your organization's collective intelligence and discover untapped knowledge. Trusted by nonprofits, education organizations and institutions around the world, Participate's CoP platform has everything you need to empower your members and drive impact now with the support and tools to help you grow. To learn more about Participate, visit

About EdTech Breakthrough

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the EdTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in educational technology products, companies and people. The EdTech Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough educational technology in categories including e-learning, student engagement, school administration, career preparation, language learning, STEM and more. For more information, visit