Top Hat Continues 2017 Momentum With New Office in Sydney Australia

The Company Announces Key Hire to Improve Learning Environment for Colleges and Universities in the APAC Region

TORONTO--()--Top Hat, provider of the leading cloud-based teaching platform for higher education, today announced the opening of its Sydney, Australia office with Jacquie Dwyer joining as Vice President of APAC. The office is the first market expansion for the company outside of North America. The new outpost will be focused on sales and customer success, to support customers across the APAC region.

“Top Hat has experienced tremendous growth recently, and we’re excited to be expanding into Australia, our first market outside of North America”

“Top Hat has experienced tremendous growth recently, and we’re excited to be expanding into Australia, our first market outside of North America,” said Mike Silagadze, CEO and co-founder at Top Hat. “From just a few trials, we have seen a huge uptick in customer adoption of our products and we’re now ready to make a substantial investment in the area. Top Hat provides critical and easy to use resources for teachers and educators that can easily be adopted globally, increasing the value of higher education wherever employed.”

Jacquie Dwyer, Vice President of APAC at Top Hat, will lead and staff the Sydney office. Dwyer will build go-to-market partnerships with regional companies across markets such as Singapore, India, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Before joining Top Hat, Dwyer was VP of Sales at Vision Critical and held senior positions at Hotspex.

“I've been in the SaaS industry for over a decade and am intrigued by companies like Uber and Airbnb, who have brought about incredible change to very traditional industries,” said Jacquie Dwyer, Vice President of APAC at Top Hat. “I believe that the education industry needs to embrace the way today's youth consume information. Top Hat is challenging the multi-billion dollar textbook industry by connecting with students through the technology they use every day and providing teachers with the resources they need to be effective educators. I’m thrilled to be bringing Top Hat to the APAC region–enhancing the learning environment for educators and students.”

Top Hat is headquartered in Toronto with an office in Denver, Colorado, and now has more than 250-plus employees worldwide. This year, Top Hat raised $30 million USD in Series C funding and just recently launched the Top Hat Marketplace, a unique and game-changing resource of affordable and customizable educational content. The opening of an APAC office is another milestone in the company’s mission to empower professors to improve higher education.

About Top Hat
Top Hat’s interactive, cloud-based teaching platform enables professors to engage students inside and outside the classroom with compelling content, tools and activities. Millions of students at 750 leading North American colleges and universities use the Top Hat teaching platform. To learn more, visit


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