After three years at the Santa Clarita Business Incubator, Alex Bozman is moving on.
Bozman’s startup Nuhubit Software Studios LLC is “graduating” from the tech space and he is looking to sign a lease for office space in the city.
“I am happy that we went through it and I wish the best of luck to the new companies going into it,” Bozman said.
Nuhubit and Outlyer Technologies, developer of AdVRtas, an interactive 360-degree rich media advertising technology, are the first two graduates of the incubator, sponsored by the city, College of the Canyons and the Small Business Development Center.
Outlyer will remain in Old Town Newhall while Bozman has several lease offers on the table but no signed contract.
“I am deciding what to do in negotiating,” he added. “It is eyes to the future and exciting stuff.”
Denise Covert, an economic development associate with the city, said that even after leaving the incubator, the city will still support the startups.
“Both Nuhubit and Outlyer will continue to receive specifically tailored guidance and support while they continue to develop their business models,” Covert wrote in an email to the Business Journal.
Bozman is Nuhubit’s sole full-time employee. In the last year he has brought on a social media marketer who works a few hours a month and hired some artists that have worked on the new game called Forte Fox’s Music Practice Box, or Forte Fox for short.
While staying mum on the actual game play, Bozman described Forte Fox as a “practice companion” for student musicians that works with every instrument that is commonly taught in schools.
“The basic idea is to make practicing more fun,” he added. “That is the role that educational games do in general, so it fits in with our mission.”
In addition to Forte Fox, Bozman is working on updates for Bubbly Primes, the first game released by Nuhubit two years ago. The improvements to the game, in which students learn about composite numbers (that can be divided by more than one number) and prime numbers (can only be divided by itself), include replacing digitally created bubbles with hand drawn ones, and creating a level system for the game.
“It helps give students a sense of progress to keep them playing and keep them learning bigger and bigger numbers as they play,” Bozman explained.
Staying in Santa Clarita is preferable for Bozman, who is also a cello teacher and a former software engineer. He likes the city’s support for startups, the resources in the community and that there are three major schools there in College of the Canyons, Cal Arts and Master’s University, a Christian liberal arts school.
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