Sokikom Honored for Contributions to Arizona's Economy With 2011 Success Award

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Chandler Educational Game Developer Dedicated to Inspiring Students to Excel in Math

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The Sokikom team is well on its way to building another true Arizona success story

Sokikom , developer of math social learning games, is a winner of a 2011 Success Award from the Arizona Small Business Development Center Network (AZSBDC). This coveted award recognizes the personal success of local small business owners, as well as the positive impact the winners have on the community and Arizona's economy. The company was honored during an awards ceremony yesterday at the Arizona Legislative Capitol House Lawn in Phoenix.    

Tom Fulcher, a business counselor from the AZSBDC who has worked with Sokikom since 2009, said the dedication to building a great organization and teaching kids a fun new way to learn math is what inspired him to nominate this new educational-technology company for the award.

"The Sokikom team is well on its way to building another true Arizona success story," said Fulcher. "They have a solid technology-based business model addressing a real need in the market and are creating a solution that will deliver a positive social impact."

Sokikom's founder and CEO Snehal Patel, a certified math teacher and tutor, has witnessed firsthand the struggles students often experience with this subject. He praised the AZSBDC for its assistance in helping him grow his business and pursue his passion for helping kids learn math.

"It has been an amazing journey bringing Sokikom to fruition," said Patel. "It is so wonderful to have support and resources from organizations such as the AZSBDC to help us along the way. We are honored and humbled to receive this prestigious recognition."    

Sokikom was recognized for its creative approach to teaching math to elementary students in grades 1-6 through its Massively Multiplayer Online Social Learning Game. Research demonstrates that educational video games improve students' motivation to learn math as well as increase academic achievement.

About Sokikom
Founded in 2008, Chandler, Ariz.-based Sokikom is a math social learning game, developed to motivate elementary school students in grades 1-6. Sokikom emphasizes real-time cooperation and collaboration to intensely engage students in developing math skills and teamwork. Rooted in the nationally recognized standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum Focal Points for Grades Pre K-8 and the new Common Core Standards for Mathematics, Sokikom is focused on five core tenets: provide social learning where kids help kids learn math; adapt to individual students' needs and learning styles; encourage positive and safe competitive game-play which leads to measureable improvements; and connect school and home to allow for continuous web-based learning. For more information, visit http://www.sokikom.com.

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