UNM Rainforest Innovations

A local video game startup, Faena, has been gaining momentum in 2023. The startup is developing a narrative-based, language-learning video game with the goal of bringing life back to language learning. They recently received a $10,000 grant through Dove Chocolate’s InstaGrants program which is focused on supporting women entrepreneurs and their business ideas or established businesses. Last week they also opened a crowdfunding campaign on Indigogo with a goal of $20,000 to support the development of the first chapter of the game.

Visit their website to learn more and to try the pre-alpha demo: https://www.faena.cc/

See Jacob Maranda’s February 24 article, “Albuquerque video game startup lands grant, signs contact with school,” on the New Mexico Inno website at https://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/inno/stories/fundings/2023/02/24/faena-lands-grant-launches-crowdfunding-campaign.html?utm_source=st&utm_medium=en&utm_campaign=me&utm_content=AQ&ana=e_AQ_me&j=30669901&senddate=2023-02-27

See also Yola Robert’s February 21 article, “DOVE Chocolate Awards InstaGrants to 3 Female-Owned Businesses,” on Forbes website at https://www.forbes.com/sites/yolarobert1/2023/02/21/dove-chocolate-awards-instagrants-to-3-female-owned-businesses/?sh=6e92b5971cea

See also, “Local Startup Faena Releases Pre-Alpha Videogame Demo and is Working with Charter School Students to Test Game,” on the UNM Rainforest website at https://innovations.unm.edu/local-startup-faena-releases-pre-alpha-videogame-demo-and-is-working-with-charter-school-students-to-test-game/

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