New business to bring jobs to Gwinnett

DACULA -- In partnership with Georgia Department of Economic Development, Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development recently announced that Sports Challenge Network LLC has selected Gwinnett County as the location of its new headquarters.

The project, which has resulted in the creation of 25 jobs, is anticipated to create another 25 over the next three years and represents a $5 million investment into the community.

The company's headquarters is located at 1862 Auburn Road, Suite 118, in Dacula.

A privately held company based in the metro Atlanta area and Silicon Valley, California, SCN specializes in creating new ways for people to connect and compete in recreational sports through social, mobile-based technology. Founded by serial entrepreneur and gaming executive Timothy J. Minard, SCN utilizes technology to broaden the appeal and playing opportunities within recreational sports and games, while building a deeper engagement and loyalty for players, sports and entertainment venue operators, sponsors and branded equipment manufacturers. To create and develop SCN, Minard assembled a team of industry-leading veterans with deep experience in sports, games, technology and digital content from Apple, ESPN, Microsoft, Google, Cisco and Motorola.

"Gwinnett County has long been a leading destination and choice for innovative companies in the technology, sports and entertainment fields," said Timothy J. Minard, founder and CEO of Sports Challenge Network. "In conjunction with the talent already in Gwinnett and the greater metro Atlanta area, as well as its strategic Southeast location, we believe this is the ideal place from which to successfully innovate and grow our business."

"Georgia works in aggressive ways to be positioned among the best places for business for the digital entertainment industry," said Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. "Sports Challenge Network's decision to locate its headquarters here is a significant result of our collaborative efforts with partners like Gwinnett Chamber Economic Development to truly market Georgia's full range of competitive assets for this industry. We look forward to the innovative work SCN will do in Georgia."