Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Native American-Owned Virtual Reality Entertainment Company Launches with the help of Chi Ishobak

By Levi Rickert - October 29, 2019 at 12:00AM

Published October 29, 2019

DOWAGIAC, Mich. — Launching the most advanced virtual reality center in the South Bend and Mishawaka area, Espin VR opens today (Monday, Oct. 28) at their family friendly entertainment center at 605 W Edison Rd Ste K, in Mishawaka, Indiana. Espin VR is owned by Pokagon Tribal Citizens Matt and Micky Martin. “Espin in the Potawatomi language means raccoon.” explained Micky. “Raccoons’ mischievous and curious nature is the perfect word to illustrate the experience that our VR center will provide!”

Targeting South Bend, Mishawaka and Granger, Espin VR can host a birthday party, team building or be a destination for activities during school breaks.  Whether you are looking for mischief, adventure or exploring the unknown, Espin VR can design an unforgettable experience. With 12 interactive stations, and over 30 fully immersive and interactive games, visitors can schedule time and walk-ins are accepted. Visitors can book sessions on their website (www.espinvr.com).

The Martins were ready for their entrepreneurial journey!   With backgrounds in gaming, hospitality and computer science, they presented their idea to Executive Director Sean Winters at Chi Ishobak (pronounced Chee-ish-oh-bock), a Certified Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).  “We met with Sean and he directed us to the right program. We worked with Carolyn Rourke, their Small Business Development Specialist for coaching on our business plan and setting up funding” says Matt. “They really helped us understand the business side of providing a high- end entertainment venue.”

“We’re very excited about helping the Martins launch Espin VR,” said Winters, “We’re here to assist Tribal Citizens with access to affordable capital, and we’ll continue to help with future business planning as they grow. We see great success in their business.”

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