The education sector in China is booming, especially the English learning industry. Onwards Learning is a startup that wants a foothold in this sector by building social networks and cloud computing solutions for the education sector in China .

The three co-founders comprise of Irish nationals, Carlo Crighton and Cormac Kelly, and a Chinese national, Boyu (Chris) Zhang, who have been personal friends for over ten years. They are equal shareholders in the firm. The firm leverages cloud, distributed and social network IT consultancy project work undertaken between 2008-2012 by Boyu and his team of 20. These projects include Chinese government departments, public sector agencies, educational organisations and professional associations.

The education startup has offices in Dublin (Ireland), Shenzhen and Beijing and is currently engaged in a series of projects creating custom social networks and marketplaces. After signing a partnership deal with China Computer Correspondence College (CCCC) which the company values at 3.75M Euros, they signed a partnership deal with EOL, which is part of the Chinese Ministry of Education organisational structure.  The CCCC deal value is the total gross turnover forecast for 1-3 year sales through CCCC.

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