Virbela Recognized for Its Innovative Virtual World Technology in Q2 Award Wins

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August 2, 2021 -- Virbela, a virtual world platform for remote work, learning, and events, was recognized with five industry awards in the second quarter of 2021, highlighting the company’s innovative solutions and leadership team.

Award recognitions include: 

The winning companies for each award were evaluated by a panel of experts and selected based on their level of innovation, product design, user-experience, overall technological advancement, and employee satisfaction for their respective categories.

“Virbela was developed to provide immersive, virtual solutions for the real-world challenges facing organizations, remote workers, and learners today,” said Alex Howland, President and Co-Founder of Virbela. “Over the last year, we have been hard at work helping more than 300 organizations adapt to virtual working and learning environments. We are honored to be recognized for our innovative technology and the hard-working leadership team behind it all.” 

Virbela can serve as a company’s virtual headquarters, providing the presence and emotional connection of being together in person with spaces that encourage serendipitous interactions. People can replicate their offices or campuses, and also create immersive spaces where team members can gather. Intentionally designed features such as personalized avatars, spatialized voice, familiar presentation tools, and 3D environments lead to a sense of realism and connectivity that is often only found in physical spaces. 

Educational institutions are also turning to Virbela’s virtual campus to keep students and faculty connected. Arizona State University, Stanford GSB LEAD, UCSD, and others all utilize immersive learning environments powered by Virbela, including classrooms and auditoriums for lectures, team suites for group collaboration and professor 1:1s, event spaces like the Expo Hall and The Virbela Speakeasy for community-building activities, campus events, orientation, and more. Within these virtual campuses, student engagement, retention, and course participation have all increased. For example, after a semester using Virbela at Cal Poly Pomona, 60% of survey respondents reported feeling more engaged with their professor than when using Zoom. 

Along with Virbela’s recognition for innovative virtual worlds and education solutions, the company was recognized by Comparably as “Best Leadership Team” for small to medium companies, while President and Co-Founder, Alex Howland, was named “Best CEO for Women.” Comparably’s annual awards are based on anonymous employee feedback and ratings of the company, executives, and their experiences. 

“Our second quarter Comparably award wins are a testament to our compassionate leaders and managers developing a culture where all employees are heard and seen,” said Craig Kaplan, Chief Customer Officer at Virbela. “We are honored to have been recognized by our staff as a Best Leadership Team and incredibly proud of Alex for his recognition as a Best CEO for Women.” 

Virbela’s second quarter award wins follow other recent recognitions, including The Fastest Growing Virtual Events Platform and Most Popular Virtual Events Platform from Saasworthy, as well as Comparably’s Best Engineering Teams of 2021

To learn more about Virbela as a solution for remote work, connectivity, and collaboration, visit

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