March 6, 2017
TIG to Launch Native American Internship Program and New Data Science Collaboration with BetConstruct
DENVER - The Innovation Group (TIG) today announced the rollout of its Native American Internship Program as well as a new collaboration with online gaming developer BetConstruct to bring data science services and social gaming together to Tribal gaming operators.
TIG has proudly served the Native American community for more than 25 years, always seeking new ways to support tribes in reaching their broader development goals. Beginning in May 2017, tribal members seeking professional careers in gaming will be invited to participate in comprehensive studies being undertaken by their tribe - involving expansion feasibility, economic development and database analysis - as paid interns side by side with the TIG project team. In addition to offering interns valuable insights to bring back to their careers and operations, the program will also invigorate TIG's work. Longtime Innovation Group colleague Dennis Balyeat sees a win-win: "The decades-long effort by Tribes to integrate membership into management just got a big boost, while TIG gets perspective that will really bring its research to life." According to TIG Tribal Division Director Chris Irwin, TIG's Native American Internship Program initially will be open exclusively to college and graduate level students, and to gaming enterprise staff from TIG's broad network of tribal clients. Candidates must be recommended by their tribal leadership. More information is available on The Innovation Group's website, and TIG team members will be available to discuss the opportunity throughout the 2017 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention (NIGA 2017), April 10-13 in San Diego.
Innovation Analytics, TIG's data science arm, also will be on site at NIGA 2017 in support of its new collaboration with BetConstruct, industry-leading developer and provider of online and land-based betting and gaming solutions. NIGA attendees are invited to visit BetConstruct at booth #1023 throughout the event to learn how land-based casino assets and social gaming platforms work together to drive value. "We will offer live data science sessions at NIGA using our analytics programs and BetConstruct's online technology platform," said Innovation Analytics Principal Anthony Mason. Attendees also will learn how TIG's data science services increase player engagement, expand loyalty and drive incremental revenue for Native American casino operators.
Innovation Group President Michael Soll sees an important connection between these two new initiatives. "TIG's data services will make Tribes more competitive today," said Soll. "And, in conjunction with our internships, they will be more self-sufficient by preparing the next generation of tribal leaders for the convergence of online and bricks-and-mortar gaming."

For more information about The Innovation Group's Native American Internship Program and Innovation Analytics, please contact company President Michael Soll, TIG Native American Division Director Chris Irwin, or Innovation Analytics Principal Anthony Mason. To set up a meeting at NIGA 2017 with a TIG team member, please contact TIG Marketing Director Marie Casias.

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