Event will celebrate entrepreneurial ecosystem inclusivity, welcome visitors
ALBUQUERQUE – Albuquerque and its entrepreneurial ecosystem will welcome two female entrepreneurs from New York on Wednesday during a meet-and-greet that will also serve as the official launch of their company’s STEM-related video game for children.
The event, set for 5-6:30 p.m. August 16 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 the women’s mission is to make 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.
Two teams of young players will display how the game works at Wednesday’s event via a brief competition ending in prizes. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the founders. Light snacks will be provided.
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.
Mathew and Appawu will be in Albuquerque from August 15-17, with visits to the likes of Sandia Science & Tech Park, Air Force Research Laboratory, Central New Mexico Community College’s STEMulus Center and much more.
“All this is happening because I had the opportunity to speak to City of Albuquerque representatives at Next Gen Summit about two months ago, and I could really sense how much of a supportive ecosystem Albuquerque has for entrepreneurs. So, I can’t wait to meet more people there,” Mathew said.
“The entire campaign has elevated the nation’s perception of Albuquerque as great place for entrepreneurs, but there is nothing like being here to experience the collaborative and inclusive nature of our community,” said Mayor Berry. “This event not only shows that entrepreneurs from other great cities view us as a place to launch their products but also that we are willing and enthusiastic about opening our doors to them.”
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. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (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% of men.
“We are extremely excited to have gotten this great opportunity to interact with the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem created in Albuquerque. This gives stating startups like our company, qLogix Entertainment Inc., the chance to build relationships with other businesses outside of New York,” Appawu said.