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Prelude is an interactive game for virtual teams that uses creativity to accelerate rapport and trust at the start of a new online project.

  • Stage Prototype Ready
  • Industry Business Products
  • Location Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Currency CAD
  • Founded December 2004
  • Employees 1
  • Website

Company Summary

Heliotrope was founded to develop and market Prelude. Prelude is an interactive learning game that uses creativity to foster self-knowledge, empathy, and collaboration. These skills are key to wellbeing, productivity, and innovation. Yet nowhere are they systemically cultivated. This "EQ Gap" has dire human and financial costs i.e. rising incivility, bullying, and disengagement. Prelude is a high impact, low cost solution.


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    Josh Hoover

    Josh Hoover is the co-founder and primary architect of award-winning social learning platform Saywire™ and innovator in the social learning arena. Saywire provides a platofrm for Prelude virtual teams. His experience has afforded a unique perspective on the evolution of online learning and what is truly required to produce tools that can make a difference and help people safely share what they know. Saywire is the result of those experiences.

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    Howard Bennett Esbin

    Howard is the creator of Prelude. The game is informed by his doctoral and postdoctoral research and two decades of senior management experience in international development, philanthropy, and the private sector. He founded Heliotrope, a social enterprise, to develop and promote Prelude. The International Labour Organization, Education Canada, and UNESCO have published his work.

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    Robert Ryan

    Robert is a CPA and senior finance executive with almost 20 years of experience. Known as a progressive team manager with a track record of success in streamlining business processes and financial systems to control costs and improve workflow. Robert's specialties include: Treasury, investor relations, internal audit, acquisitions, and public accounting.

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    Sanjit Narwekar
    B2B Channel Sales

    Talented, results-producing IT Professional with a proven record of accomplishment in planning and leading comprehensive business unit strategies in support of business goals and objectives. Demonstrated success driving growth in targeted markets through implementation of key projects. Solid leadership skills; able to build and guide top-performing pre-sales, business consulting and technical teams. Adept at communicating with management and int


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    George Brown
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    Dimitris Stubos