Digital professional learning business makes move to Imperial College London
AVADO, the digitally-powered professional learning business, has moved into the Translation & Innovation Hub (I-HUB) at Imperial College London’s White City Campus.
The campus is a 23-acre research and innovation district for science, engineering, medicine and business in West London.
AVADO runs international digital programmes for companies including GSK, HSBC, Vodafone, TalkTalk and Dentsu Aegis.
Also making the move are the staff who run Squared Online, the digital marketing leadership course developed with Google; and staff from digital apprenticeships specialist Arch Apprentices.
AVADO’s new office has opened in the 13-storey I-HUB, which the business said will “help to translate innovation and research into new products and services by co-locating businesses, major corporations, startups and entrepreneurs alongside Imperial’s academic community.”
AVADO joins other tech companies on campus, such as BBC Research and Development, which explores technology for the BBC’s future, DNA Electronics and the Mapi Group.
Other tenants include workspace provider Central Working, with new members OGCI Climate Investments – a startup with $1bn of funding to invest in technology to accelerate the development of emission reduction technology, and OmTV, creators of entertainment and factual television formats for the UK and global markets.
Mark O’Donoghue, CEO of AVADO, said: “We’re delighted to be relocating to the vibrant tech hub at White City.
“AVADO prides itself on creating inspiring learning that has a lasting impact and we have exciting plans to make the most of our proximity to one of the world’s top universities.”
Dr Eulian Roberts, chief executive of Imperial College London ThinkSpace, added: “At White City, Imperial’s world leading researchers, entrepreneurs, corporations and higher education partners will work alongside each other to create a new model for a 21st century university campus.
“AVADO’s award-winning online training and learning programmes will provide extended opportunities for cross-disciplinary and cross-campus collaborations on a global scale. We are very pleased to welcome AVADO to the I-HUB.”
Prof David Gann, vice-president of Imperial College London, also commented: “Imperial College is delighted to welcome AVADO and Arch to the White City Campus.
“They join an ecosystem of fast-growing technology companies and their collaborative approach to their own business development expands and enhances capabilities across the innovation district.”