Marcus Howard – ProjectMQ

Describe your relevant work history, awards, and accomplishments in 300 words or less.

I co-authored The Business of Esports which was published by the University of South Florida and I’ve also been a featured speaker at the University of South Florida’s Esports Summit and Skillshot Media’s 2019 Esports Summit at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Last year, Tampa Bay Inno named me in its inaugural cohort of the top 50 innovators in Tampa Bay. PayPal selected a startup I founded, ProjectMQ, out of 20,000+ applicants nationwide, as the top digital service of their 2018 business contest.

What do you love about the Tampa Bay area?

There’s always something new to see or do, and it’s beach weather 11 months out of the year! The startup ecosystem is growing so rapidly, but I’m happy to see that there’s still a close-knit community. There are amazing people here excited to build the future of Tampa Bay. This region is full of untapped potential.

What are some of your favorite things to do around town when you aren’t working?

I don’t get out much because I work a full-time job in addition to growing my Indie Game Esports Agency, ProjectMQ, and leading the Tampa Association of Gaming. So, my favorite thing to do in my limited spare time is spend quality time with my wife and kids.

How do you give your time back to the community?

My twin brother and I partner with Junior Achievement, to use video games to teach kids how to write code and build their own businesses. I also volunteered with Blockspaces, to teach a blockchain gaming lunch and learn for kids from Junior Achievement, at Jeff Vinik’s new Embarc Collective innovation center. When I can find the time, I also volunteer with Computer Mentors, to share feedback with their young innovators.

Tell us about the tech project that you are most proud of.

I’m most proud of serving as President of the Tampa Association of Gaming, a nonprofit dedicated to growing the video game industry and STEAM youth programs in the Tampa Bay region. TAG’s goal is to make Tampa Bay a top-5 market nationally for gaming and esports, by the end of 2021.

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