Event Celebrates Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Inclusivity
Two entrepreneurs from New York are in Albuquerque today for a meet-and-greet that will also serve as the official launch of their company’s STEM-related video game for children.
The event, 5-6:30 p.m. today at the Comcast Digital Media Studio at WESST, 609 Broadway Blvd. NE, will introduce the community to Shyno Mathew and Jennifer Appawu, co-founders of qLogiX Entertainment. The startup promotes interest in STEM among young children through fun, interactive and innovative play, such as the video game BooME.
Part of their mission is to make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education more interesting and accessible to young girls and minority populations. Albuquerque’s science and tech community, its focus on STEM education and the area’s Native American population all played into their decision to launch the game here.
Inspired by the impact of quality childhood education, a portion of the profits from qLogiX Entertainment is dedicated for funding young girls’ education all over the world. STEM majors are highly sought after and tend to make more money, but only 6.7 percent of women in the U.S. graduate with STEM degrees compared to 17 percent of men.
Two teams of young players will display how the game works at today’s event via a brief competition ending in prizes. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the founders.
Mathew is one of three winners of a free trip to Albuquerque through Mayor Richard Berry’s National Marketing Campaign. Its objective is to position Albuquerque as a premier location for innovative thinkers to start or grow a business.
Among multiple strategies of the campaign were sponsorships this summer of high-profile national entrepreneur events, where contacts’ names were entered into a database. One name from each event was randomly drawn as a trip winner, receiving a three-day, two-night stay and a curated tour of the ecosystem.
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