Building Markets Transforms Entrepreneurial Learning Across the Globe With D2L

WATERLOO, ON—(Marketwired – March 13, 2018) – D2L, the global learning technology leader, today announced that nonprofit Building Markets is leveraging its learning platform, Brightspace, to train local businesses in countries affected by crisis.

Building Markets is a nonprofit organization that creates jobs and peace by connecting local small– and medium–sized enterprises (SMEs) to supply chains and investment. A core component of the organization's strategy is to ensure local SMEs and organizations can acquire the skills needed to become competitive firms that can grow and strengthen their country's economy. With D2L, Building Markets will be able to provide digital learning experiences for the first time in the organization's history — which will significantly enhance its training capacity.

Building Markets will leverage D2L to provide self–paced training on a range of skillsets, including human resources, accounting and business management, data analysis, governance, sales and marketing, and more. The platform will also allow one–on–one discussion and mentoring opportunities between trainers and learners to increase course engagement and effectiveness.

“To date, our teams have supported over 4,000 SMEs across the globe through in–person training and mentorship. D2L will help us expand our reach, particularly in markets where local businesses and organizations may be unable to attend in–person courses. It will allow us to gain new insights into the rapidly changing needs of our partners and participants, and measure impact,” said Jennifer P. Holt, CEO of Building Markets.

“We are thrilled to be working with Building Markets to help local entrepreneurs gain the skills and expertise they need to thrive,” said John Baker, President and CEO of D2L. “By providing access to digital training and mentoring on D2L, Building Markets is opening up a world of possibility for the next generation of entrepreneurs to build their businesses, create jobs and contribute to economic growth.”

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D2L's Brightspace is a cloud–based learning platform that makes learning easy, flexible and smart. Brightspace is not like a traditional Learning Management System (LMS) — it is easy to create engaging courses and content, integrate video, personalize learning, capture and share expertise across the organization, and supports all mobile devices. Plus, Brightspace enables the future of learning with adaptive learning, intelligent agents, course interactives, full support for competency–based learning and world–leading learning analytics. Our clients report improved productivity, performance growth, lower turnover of employees, greater engagement and ultimately better business outcomes.


D2L believes learning is the foundation upon which all progress and achievement rests. Working closely with organizations globally, D2L has transformed the way millions of people learn online and in the classroom. Learn more about D2L for schools, higher education and businesses at

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