The Brazilian e-learning company is to create 40 new jobs which will focus on research and development, enhancing and developing the company’s technologies.
Affero Lab is the leading corporate training provider in Latin America with over 550 employees and the majority of the top 500 Brazilian companies amongst its clients. With offices across Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Juiz de Fora, Affero Lab develops innovative learning solutions that combine state of the art technologies and differentiated content that contribute to improve its clients people performance and business results.
The company is establishing the Centre which will focus on developing the company’s technologies in the areas of adaptive learning, gamification, mobile learning and data analytics.
In addition, the company will employ sales and support staff to support the company’s clients in Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia.
Making the announcement Minister Richard Bruton TD said: “In recent years as part of the Action Plan for Jobs we have targeted increased trade and investment links with fast-growing emerging companies across the world, including Brazil. As part of this drive we have put in place a range of measures including a substantial increase in trade missions abroad. Today’s announcement is great news, and I wish Fabio and his team every success with this project.”
Fabio Barcellos, Affero Lab chief strategy officer, commented: “Affero Lab has identified Ireland as a leading innovation hub for e-learning companies and a source of first rate software and engineering skills. The European Operations Centre in Dublin will play an essential role in Affero Lab’s internationalisation strategy, leveraging our investments in innovative products and technologies and supporting us to grow our revenues in new, international markets outside of Latin America. I would like to thank the IDA for supporting us to establish this operation.”
Commenting on the announcement Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA Ireland added: “Ireland’s e-learning cluster, particularly in the indigenous sector, is renowned for its innovation and high-quality output and Affero Lab will add significantly to this cluster. I welcome the company’s participation in the Learnovate Centre, an industry-led centre of excellence for innovation and research in learning technologies, funded by IDA Ireland and Enterprise Ireland. Affero Lab is IDA Ireland’s first client from Brazil and I hope that the investment will act as a strong reference point for IDA as we work to attract more investment from this growth market.”