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U-M student start-up Youtrivia graduates from TechArb

Youtrivia learned some valuable lessons from its time at TechArb, and plans to leverage those to not only grow its own business model but to create another space for start-ups in Ann Arbor.

The 1-year-old start-up was launched by a small group of University of Michigan students who decided to create software meant to help people build up brands through casual video games. The software allows users to create games using feature images, videos, and trivia related to a company's brand. This strategy helps to deliver deep marketing messages to consumers through an entertaining experience. Youtrivia's co-founders realized this wasn't the best business model when they took a closer look at the market while at the TechArb.

"We felt the market was very hard to compete in because brands normally trust established marketing firms to handle their brands," says Ricardo Rodriguez, CEO & co-founder of Youtrivia.

Youtrivia is now focusing more on end-users, turning itself into a game development company that is focused on producing entertainment products with a focus on music.

Youtrivia's founders are also looking to start their own tech hub on the south side of town. The four-person company was having a hard time finding a start-up community it felt comfortable with so it's starting its own. Rodriguez says his company is close to signing a lease for office space on South State Street and expects to share with five other tech start-ups.

"We are very excited that we were able to find our own space with other digital companies," Rodriguez says.

Source: Ricardo Rodriguez, CEO & co-founder of Youtrivia
Writer: Jon Zemke
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    Ann Arbor, MI 48104 Website
    YouTrivia lets users play, create, and share games about their favorite TV shows, music, sports and travel destinations. It is based in Ann Arbor.

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