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About Strivr

We’re reinventing the way people learn & train

Mission & vision


We strive to be the platform of choice for enterprise XR, delivering best-in-class learning solutions to employees at the largest companies in the world.


Our vision is to elevate performance through immersive experience.

Our numbers

Training sessions launched for Fortune 1000 enterprises and elite sports teams
Learners trained to drive engagement, performance, and operational efficiency
On-site deployments, spanning retail banks and grocery stores to hotels and healthcare facilities
VR experiences created, including off-the-shelf and custom content

Our core values

Our core values are the cornerstone of our company culture, guiding our actions and interactions with each other, our customers, and our partners.

Dignity & inclusivity

We believe in cultivating a culture of respect, authenticity, and belonging where diversity of perspective and experience are embraced and encouraged.


We practice open, honest, and timely communication to cultivate trust across all levels of our organization and provide context for critical decisions.


Our customers’ success is our success, and we work diligently to build tailored, market-leading immersive learning solutions that meet our customers where they are.


We demonstrate a growth mindset, striving toward continuous learning, development, and improvement to drive impact and innovation.


We take personal responsibility for our work and trust our teammates to do the same.

The team, the team, the team

We believe our people are our greatest asset and that we achieve success together through cross-functional collaboration, teamwork, and alignment.

Our story

Incubated at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab (VHIL), Strivr was founded in 2015 by Derek Belch, then graduate student and assistant football coach for the Stanford Cardinals. Using the football field as a testing ground for his Master’s thesis, Belch set out to investigate whether training athletes off the field in virtual reality (VR) could improve athletic performance on the field. Spoiler alert — it worked.

Belch’s unique approach to VR for athletic training was developed in close collaboration with Stanford professor and VHIL founding director, Jeremy Bailenson, whose extensive research on the cognitive and behavioral effects of extended reality (XR) has long since validated the effectiveness of immersive experiences in driving real-world behavioral change.

In 2016, Strivr shifted its focus from the athlete to the employee, partnering with leading Fortune 1000 companies including Bank of America, MGM Resorts, Sprouts, Verizon, and Walmart to elevate workforce performance through immersive experience.

Combining the sense of presence enabled by VR with advanced learning theory, data science, and spatial design, immersive learning provides employees with realistic, high-impact training experiences that improve engagement, knowledge retention, self-efficacy, and confidence. As the leading enterprise XR platform, Strivr enables the deployment of immersive training at scale while serving as a bridge to the connected immersive worlds of tomorrow.

Our team


Derek Belch
Founder & CEO
Jeremy Bailenson, PhD
Aneesh Kulkarni
Chief Technology Officer
Mina Rozenshine
Chief People Officer
Michael Manuccia
Chief Operating Officer
Kristi Rawlinson
VP of Marketing
Danny Belch
VP of Strategy

Advisory & board members

Tyson Baber
Board Member
Christen Daniels
Board Member
Kristen Hamilton
Board Member
Ray Lane
Board Member
Josh Bersin
Advisory Board Member
Laura Lee
Advisory Board Member
David Shaw
Advisory Board Member
Michael Wynn
Advisory Board Member

Backed by

Accenture logoAlumni ventures logoBank of America logoGeorgian logoGreat Point ventures logoNFL logoSignia logoWorkday ventures logo