Reflecting on Our 15 Years

While in grad school I participated in a simulation that changed the path of my career. I discovered that, unlike simply reading case studies, my classmates and I could simulate the failed procedures and strategies of a real company and try new approaches until we were successful. I fell in love with that iterative process of experimentation — it was a great way to learn and it was also fun! My business partner Will Glass-Husain and I started Forio with the idea of bringing those simulation-based learning experiences to anyone with a web browser.

Fifteen years ago, we began by taking case studies and concepts from the textbook to the computer, allowing students to interact with these materials in an exciting and dynamic way. Since then we have evolved, and we are now a firm of over twenty who significantly impact professional business education. Over 60% of all students enrolled in an MBA program will use a Forio simulation before they graduate. We have developed hundreds of simulations for some of the top universities and corporations worldwide, powered by our simulation development platform, Forio Epicenter.

Each of our projects is crafted with the mindset that it will be the best simulation we have ever made. We have seen some truly amazing things built with our platform so far, but we constantly challenge ourselves and our clients to dream bigger. We will continue to improve the simulation-based learning experience, and are excited for what the future holds.


Michael Bean President & Co-Founder

Highlights of Our 15 Years

  • 2001
    Forio is founded
  • 2002
    First business simulation
    Forio Broadcast release
  • 2003
    MIT partnership begins
  • 2006
    Wharton partnership begins
  • 2007
    Harvard Business School Publishing partnership begins
    First predictive analytics simulation
  • 2009
    Forio Simulate release
  • 2014
    Forio Contour release
    Forio Epicenter release
  • 2015
    Stanford Business School partnership begins
  • 2016
    The Interface Builder (Template Tool) release
  • 2017
    The Forio Role Playing Simulation release
Awards & Accolades
  • Brandon Hall Research

    Excellence in Technology | Bronze

    Forio Simulate is awarded bronze in the Brandon Hall Research, Excellence in Technology Awards.

  • MITX

    MITX eLearning | Best of Show

    Leadership & Teamwork: Everest wins the MITX eLearning category.

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  • Serious Play Awards


    Innovation: Back Bay Battery is awarded silver in the Education category.

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  • Serious Play Awards


    Organizational Behavior: Judgment in a Crisis is awarded bronze in the Corporate category.

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  • SIIA CODiE Awards


    Change Management: Power & Influence is a finalist for the Best Game-Based Curriculum Solution.

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  • Best Of Elearning

    Simulation | Award of Excellence

    The Forio Epicenter Simulation Platform is awarded the Award of Excellence in the Simulations category, as voted on by industry learning executives.

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  • Reimagine Education STARS Awards


    Looking Glass, an Alternate Reality Teaching (ART) experience for MBA students, earns Silver for both the Hybrid Learning and the Social Sciences & MBA categories.

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  • Serious Play Awards


    Data Analytics: Strategic Decision Making is awarded silver in the Higher Education Category.

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  • Serious Play Awards


    Econland is awarded silver in the Education Category.

  • Serious Play Awards


    Breaking News: Innovation Simulation is awarded Gold in the Education Category.

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