CS Alumni win Hatch House Open
Computer Sciences alumni Marcus and Malcolm Howard have won the Hatch House Open, a national competition run by Bethlehem, PA’s live/work startup incubator which offers prize money, networking and consulting resources.
“Winning the Hatch House Open is a major milestone for us, especially in an event with tech-savvy judges and tough competition. The feedback we received from the Hatch House team has been invaluable,” said Marcus Howard, who, along with his brother, Malcolm Howard, founded ProjectMQ. ProjectMQ, a social media app for indie gamers that has garnered thousands of social media followers and users in more than 40 countries, beat out two other finalist companies and more than 70 entrants to win the inaugural Hatch House Open business model contest.
“Now that we’ve won the Hatch House Open, we’re shifting our focus back to scaling ProjectMQ globally with our viral growth hacking strategies,” said Howard. “We’ll invest the funds to produce quality marketing assets, and improve our site performance in preparation for our upcoming alpha release this Spring.”
All finalists in the competition received an open invitation to move their business into Hatch House’s flagship location in Bethlehem this summer, where they can continue to have access to the company’s network of mentors, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs growing their seed-stage startups.