Innovator’s Accelerator Unveils Expanded Product Suite for Leadership Development

  Innovator’s Accelerator Unveils Expanded Product Suite for Leadership

   Groundbreaking learning experience that promotes business innovation now
available in two formats to meet needs of today’s busy executives and business

Business Wire

PHOENIX -- February 3, 2014

Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL) today announced the expansion of
its critically acclaimed Innovator’s Accelerator® leadership development
experience. The learning experience is now available in two formats with
several customizable features.

Innovator’s Accelerator is an online learning experience led by the world’s
leading experts on business innovation: Clayton Christensen of Harvard
Business School, Jeff Dyer of Brigham Young University's Marriott School of
Management and Hal Gregersen of INSEAD. The trio of thought leaders, who also
co-authored “The Innovator’s DNA” and consult with businesses around the world
on disruptive innovation, bring together research and tools that help business
leaders transform into innovators, ready to be the catalyst for change in
their organizations.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that employees continuously innovate for
their organizations, despite the increasing time constraints. Innovator’s
Accelerator is now available in a condensed 12-hour format, IA, as well as an
immersive 30-hour version, IAx.

Launched in January 2013, Innovator’s Accelerator was the first product
released by Apollo Lightspeed, a business unit of Apollo Education Group. Led
by Rob Wrubel, president of Apollo Lightspeed, and George Lichter, head of
innovation programming at Apollo Lightspeed, the team focuses on the
development and delivery of innovative educational products, models and
services for the non-credit and lifelong learner.

“Learners today expect more than video lectures with general knowledge. They
want interesting, engaging and socially interactive educational content that
ties directly to skills they can apply to their jobs,” Lichter said.
“Employers want learning products that their managers can access 24/7 from
multiple devices, and that help them solve the real-world challenges facing
their organizations today. We are continually improving our products to
provide highly engaging learning experiences, capable of being
company-customized, to measure learners’ progress with data analytics tools,
and to drive toward the foundational principle underneath IA: that any
employee can become an innovator.”

Innovator’s Accelerator Product Details

IAx consists of 30 hours of learning over seven weeks, including 19 in-depth
lessons featuring video lectures from Christensen, Dyer and Gregersen; success
stories and case studies from top-level executives and thought leaders; and
practice-based activities that allow participants to apply key concepts and
develop innovation skills. Specialized for intra-organization and
geographically dispersed teams, the highly interactive experience also
includes an instructor, dedicated client support and a company-directed
project designed to address an organization’s specific innovation needs, and
is available for private or mixed-company cohorts.

IA is a condensed, powerful experience designed for companies and individuals
seeking a concentrated, in-depth innovation learning experience. The 12-hour,
four-week version includes 12 self-paced lessons featuring core innovation
video lectures, case studies and an Action Plan that provides an immediate
opportunity to apply learned skills. An optional, company-specific, private
environment, which allows employees to interact and discuss specific business
issues, is also available for larger groups.

Innovator’s Accelerator Online Learning Experience

The Innovator’s Accelerator online learning experience, co-designed with
award-winning design and innovation firm IDEO, differentiates itself from
traditional online offerings by surfacing dynamic content in a highly
engaging, interactive and social environment that maps to how people work and
learn today. The modular content can be consumed on any device through a
simple web browser and it includes proprietary metrics, such as the Skill
Tracker, which monitors personal development of the five innovation skills,
and helps participants get instant, measurable feedback on progress and
success. Self-paced lesson plans coupled with virtual team learning and
interaction helps emerging leaders efficiently build innovation skills, while
providing organizations with transparent talent development.

More information is available at:

About Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education
providers and has been in the education business since 1973. Through its
subsidiaries: University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, Institute for Professional
Development, Western International University and College for Financial
Planning, Apollo Education Group offers innovative and distinctive educational
programs and services, online and on-campus, at the undergraduate, master’s
and doctoral levels. Its education programs and services are offered
throughout the United States and in Australia, Europe and Latin America, as
well as online throughout the world. For more information about Apollo
Education Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, call (800) 990-APOL or visit

About Apollo Lightspeed

Apollo Education Group founded Apollo Lightspeed in 2012 to launch and grow
innovative products and services with the speed, focus and boldness of a
high-growth startup. Its ultimate vision is to transform the distribution,
pricing and consumption of learning worldwide, and to create learning
experiences that are light-years ahead of what's currently available. Apollo
Lightspeed's groundbreaking initial venture, Innovator’s Accelerator, teaches
business executives how to cultivate innovation within themselves and their
organizations. Designed and taught by some of the world’s leading authorities
on innovation – Clayton Christensen, Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen – Innovator’s
Accelerator provides insights and tools through a multimedia learning platform
to turn executives into innovators ready to be the catalyst for change. For
more information about Apollo Lightspeed, LLC, visit


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