Innovate New Mexico Student Pitch Competition

Innovate NM Student Pitch
This will be an exciting event in which you will hear University of New Mexico (UNM), New Mexico State University (NMSU), and New Mexico Tech (NMT) students pitch their technology or business ideas (not-for-profit and for-profit) at a brewery. The audience will view live 90-second pitches from students and participate by voting for the winners!
Sponsored by Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.
Help support these aspiring entrepreneurs who are part of New Mexico’s thriving startup community.


Eventbrite - STC Seminar: Understanding Start-Up Financing�From Seed to Venture Capital
In lieu of a registration fee, please consider a donation to the Pitch Competition Fund at
If you are a student interested in participating or for any general questions, please contact STC.UNM at

2016-03-19T15:23:01+00:00April 25th, 2016|

STC.UNM Presents Innovate New Mexico Student Pitch Competition 4/25/16

Innovate NM Student Pitch


Would you like to win money to help turn your idea into a reality? Top 5 teams will split the Innovate New Mexico Competition Fund. Students with product ideas, crazy innovations, a genuine startup, or just a desire to practice their presentation skills are encouraged to enter.  Open to New Mexico Tech, New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico students.


To be eligible to compete in the Innovate New Mexico Student Pitch Competition, you must submit an application with your video submission by April 11th, 2016.
Instructions and Guidelines:
There will be two rounds in the competition.
Submission Criteria for First Round
Record a 90 second video of a student or team of students delivering an elevator pitch for your business/idea. Videos should capture student(s) delivering the pitch to the camera. The pitch should be delivered in a single take. Videos should not be edited together or produced with visuals or effects. This doesn’t mean it needs to be filmed on the first take, but there should be no post-production done to the pitch (i.e. don’t edit two halves of different takes together). Avoid reading from scripts or cue cards. Please be sure to record the video in a reasonably quiet environment to make it easier for the judges to hear and understand. Avoid recording outdoors or in loud hallways.
A panel of judges will view the video submissions and determine the finalists that will move on to the Final Round at Bow and Arrow Brewing on April 25, 2016.  Finalists will be announced by April 18, 2016.
Final Round
Finalists will present a 90-second “live” pitch to at an evening reception on April 25, 2016 from 5:30pm – 7:30pm in front of the business leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and others in the community. Winners will be determined by audience voting.

2016-03-19T14:28:15+00:00March 19th, 2016|

Commercial Real Estate – Lease vs. Purchase, Design/Build & Financing Options

Dynamic Growth Business Resource
Come and Learn:

  1. How to make the decision to Lease vs. Purchase commercial real estate and the steps to take
  2. When designing and building your commercial space makes sense and the process involved
  3. The top considerations when leasing or purchasing commercial space and how to avoid making the wrong decisions
  4. How to finance commercial real estate


  • Ray Regan, Broker, Realty One of NM
  • Kirk McWethy, CEO, SDV Construction, Inc.
  • Steve Carruthers, Business Development Officer, Enchantment Land CDC
  • Jami Grindatto, President & CEO, Sandoval Economic Alliance

Light breakfast and beverages provided
Fee: $39.00
If you would prefer to not use PayPal, please contact Wendy Ederer at 505-238-3004 to register
by phone.
Presented by the DGBRC and the Sandoval Economic Alliance (SEA)

2016-02-27T21:08:14+00:00March 9th, 2016|

Reinventing Our City 2.0, Growing Albuquerque's Startup Economy

Join Albuquerque Business First and a group of high-profile startup entrepreneurs, funders and experts as we explore Albuquerque’s push to grow our own entrepreneurs. Albuquerque’s leaders have said this city has to learn to fail as well as succeed in order to truly become an entrepreneurial community. We’ll hear about the ups and downs of startup life from those who’ve lived it. The speakers include Molly Cernicek, CEO of SportXast; Hong Hou, venture partner at ARCH Venture Partners; Raghu Kopalle, founder and CEO of innoBright; John Mierzwa, director of STEMulus initiatives at Central New Mexico Community College; and Federica Pericle, president and CEO of Agilvax. Gary Oppedahl, Director of the CABQ Economic Development Department, will give the event’s opening remarks, and Bill Bice, chairman and president of ABQid, will give closing remarks.

2015-04-08T11:50:01+00:00April 23rd, 2015|

Startup Teen Entrepreneurs Program Seeks High School Students for July

Startup Teen organizers Taylor Chavez & Thomas Abeyta with NMTC Community Manager Eric Renz-Whitmore and Bosque Schools' Marisa Gay

Startup Teen organizers Taylor Chavez & Thomas Abeyta with NMTC Community Manager Eric Renz-Whitmore and Bosque Schools’ Marisa Gay

Keeping kids in school and learning (which helps them lead better, healthier, better compensated lives) is largely a matter of making learning more relevant. The lean startup approach has been doing a great job of that, getting many young people and proving some necessity for math, science and communications skills. And since we also want to encourage more entrepreneurial ‘culture’ teaching kids about entrepreneurial opportunities early on can make a big difference in all sorts of ways. 

That’s why we’re so excited about the forthcoming Startup Teen Entrepreneurs program from the same dynamic folks who brought us the world’s first Startup Weekend by teens for teens. Here are the basics (

The Startup Teen Entrepreneurs Summer Program for high school students in 9th-12th grades.

The program is July 14-18, 2014. This program will emulate Startup Weekend Teen Albuquerque. High school students will follow the global grassroots movement, Startup Weekend, of active and empowered community leaders and entrepreneurs, who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful business ventures. This week-long program will focus on economic development and business start ups all designed and created by teens. Beginning with overviews of the economic scenario in New Mexico, leading to open-mic pitches and business development, and finally presenting the business plans to a panel of judges, attendees will learn and create what millions of Americans only dream about doing. The students will learn about customer development, validating their ideas, marketing, programming, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies, and ultimately building a minimal viable product.

Cost for the week is $145, but scholarships and other ways to make attending easier are available. Find more info and registration at:

See a video interview from uPublic’s “The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens” featuring student organizer Thomas Abeyta and Bosque School Director of Communications, Marisa Gay HERE.

If you have kids of your own or in your extended family – or know of others who do, please consider passing this along!


2014-06-16T02:08:43+00:00June 16th, 2014|

NMTC Community Events & Activities Update

Greetings from NMTC! 

Innovate ABQ. STEMulous Center. Fat Pipe Incubator. ABQ ID. Lumidigm Exit. Levitated Toy Factory Phase 1 Complete. Lobos and Aggies in the NCAA Tournament, again. These are just a few recent developments that are shaking up New Mexico and putting us on track to become a place to watch for tech and innovation. As a tech community, we’re essential to making the most of these opportunities.

How can we work together to help our communities grow?

No one can attend every event, nor should they try. We try to capture many of the best groups and events here and on Facebook, and it’s new voices and connections that keep them all fresh. If you haven’t participated in anything recently, please pick something. And if you do already get out there, how about trying something new?

It’s not all about ‘startups’ but efforts to build startup communities have launched some cool tools and one is “Startup Genome.” If your company or organization is a startup, was a startup or helps startups, please add yourself to the map so we can get a better sense of who and where we are. (Outside of Albuquerque? Go ahead and add yourself too.)

There’s no way we can become the vibrant state we want to be without a thriving tech sector and no way we can have a vibrant tech sector without strong associations like the NM Technology Council. Your membership and participation help us grow and our state become more competitive. 

Reinventing Albuquerque’s Business Ecosystem
Albuquerque Business First has launched a redesigned publication and site – and has challenged our business community to not only get involved, but lead. Please take a look at the articles (available FREE) at:

Looking for discussions on Tech business related topics in New Mexico? Join us and other other Linked In groups here:

There’s always a lot going on. Let us know if your tech community event should be on our list. And JOIN US if you’d like to help us grow New Mexico’s tech business community!

And please share!


Connect with the students, faculty and staff of UNM’s School of Engineering & others who are making Albuquerque an up and coming Tech Hub. 
WHEN:         Wednesday, February 26th; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       Slate Street Cafe | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE for Students and pre-registrationHERE.

Jane Betterton talks about the challenges of incremental organizational improvement and its management. Industry-specific maturity models provide a practical approach for organizations to build an objective framework to prioritize and execute improvements.  
WHEN:         Thursday, March 27th; 8:30 – 10:00 AM
WHERE:       TIG | Albuquerque 
SIGNUP:      Prices vary; sign up HERE.

Join Santa Fe area developers, designers and others in tech for our monthly happy hour/meetup.
WHEN:         Thursday, March 27th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       Open Eye Scientific | Santa Fe 
SIGNUP:      FREE; sign up here.

We’re inviting a variety of players from the NM Cybersecurity community to offer their thoughts on threats and opportunities we see in NM and how we can help the cyber business community grow. Join us! 
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 16th; 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE: | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Varied Pricing; Info & Registration here.

This month ABQ WebGeeks happy hour goes West-side – and maybe even leaves Albuquerque just a bit. Join us for good conversation with others in web, software, tech and more 🙂 
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 16th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:       ArtBar | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      FREE – Sign up here.


OpenHackABQ’s purpose is to offer a space where people of any skill level and interest can get together to develop and design. It’s very novice friendly. Just interested in seeing what people are up to? Come on by and sit in on a project someone is working on. 
WHEN:        Thursday, March 27th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:      Convivium Coworking | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:     FREE; More info at

Come see the works and congratulate the participants of the first ever NeuroGame Jam. We had over 60 participants, with some joining remotely as far as Ukraine, build games and applications that push the envelope of neurogaming. Join us in congratulating these folks and trying out their creations.
WHEN:        Sunday, March 30th; 1:00 – 3:00 PM
WHERE:      IFDM @ Mesa Del Sol | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:     FREE; More info at

Do you have a great young business or a business idea you just know is set to blast off with the right exposure and resources? Or do you want to watch some interesting pitches and help support the founders and entrepreneurs who are part of New Mexico’s thriving startup community? Competing teams will have 120 action-packed seconds – no more, no less – to let the judges and crowd know why their startup is amazing and how they should win this competition and all the glory.
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 2nd; 5:30 – 7:30 PM
WHERE:       Standard Diner | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Registration & more info HERE.

In three high-level workshops, speakers will equip attendees with three keys to forming and launching a high-tech startup, including how to Identify technologies emerging from our research institutions, establish an intellectual property position, map a technology to the marketplace and assess industry and market issues, participate in our annual Deal Stream Summit to be held October 7 and 8, 2014.
WHEN:         Thursday, April 3rd; 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM
WHERE:       Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Registration & more info HERE.

Hosted by Anderson Career Services, the Industry Networking Series will bring together students and industry professionals/employers at a networking information session. Designed to provide employers the opportunity to share information about their companies, as well as discuss jobs and internships that are or will be available to students.
WHEN:         Thursday, April 3rd; 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
WHERE:       UNM Anderson’s Jackson Student Center | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      Employer Registration at:

STEM + Arts workshops for students, teachers, and professionals where stakeholders will provide information designed to increase the pool of Hispanic students who pursue degrees in STEM, to support the development of a scientific and technically trained student base, and to use the inherent relationship between Art and Science to increase interest in both disciplines..  
WHEN:        Wednesday, April 17th; 1:00 – 7:00 PM
WHERE:      National Hispanic Cultural Center | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $100; Registration and more info at

StartupABQ is a no-pitch environment. Business owners, entrepreneurs, investors & innovators are welcome. Each month’s event features four pitches from existing ventures w/ feedback from a panel of experts.  
WHEN:        Thursday, April 17th; 7:30 – 9:00 AM
WHERE:      Andaluz | Albuquerque
SIGNUP:      $10; Registration and more info at 

Our April 2014 Coronado Ventures Forum event will feature a panel of entrepreneurs developing software companies in New Mexico. We will discuss trends in the industry, challenges to software companies specific to New Mexico and how we expect the software industry to change in 2014 and beyond.  
WHEN:        Thursday, April 17th; 6:00 – 8:00 PM
WHERE:      Prairie Star Restaurant | Santa Ana Pueblo
SIGNUP:      $22.50; Registration and more HERE.


The Albuquerque WordPress Group has several meetups including a monthly session at WESST on the 2nd Thursday evening of the month, weekly Workalong Wednesdays, and Women Working w/WordPress the first Monday of each month. Visit for more info.

Lean Startup Monthly meets the first Tuesday night of each month at Ideas & Coffee. More info at:

The New Mexico .NET Users Group (NMUG) exists to help facilitate education and knowledge exchange among developers, architects and managers with an interest in Microsoft’s .NET technologies. NMUG meets on the first Thursday of each month. More at:

The New Mexico AIGA chapter produces a handful of events each month, from the S.I.P Social Hours to CoffeeTalks, workshops and more. Find it all at

NM Internet Entrepreneurs is for internet entrepreneurs with an existing business or actively working
on a business idea. Meets monthly with info at: 

The NM Tech Council and other community members post several tech meetups and other events 

OpenHackABQ meets the third Thursday of each month at Convivium CoWorking, beginning at 6PM. More info at:

The RubiABQ Meetup Group for Ruby on Rails developers meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at Ideas & Coffee. Find them at

2014-03-20T13:43:36+00:00March 20th, 2014|

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend – and Startup Weekend Santa Fe, coming soon! – is essentially a weekend-long hackathon for transforming ideas into viable startups. However for people unfamiliar with hackathon-style events, this may be fairly opaque and confusing. 

Luckily several of the sites that have already hosted Startup Weekend events have shared their thoughts and information about how they work. For a quick introduction, visit with #SWToronto here:

It’s not a seminar or a workshop. Participants with skills in business, programming, design and more arrive ready to share and pitch ideas, the ideas are culled by popular vote, and attendees either lead or find teams to work with in transforming those ideas into potential products, services or businesses. Architectures and prototypes are developed, then tested and changed based on customer response. Teams continue to pivot and adapt to feedback and new opportunities, as they create a presentation to demonstrate their project, how it’s used, and how it should earn income. Judges with experience in investment, startups and related fields question and make suggestions, determining the ‘winners’ of the weekend’s event.

Some startup projects find funding and/or continue to develop into real companies. Others are abandoned as failures to be discarded, but learned from. Participants will have met new friends and potential colleagues.

Our entrepreneurial ecosystem will have taken a small but healthy step forward.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for Startup Weekend Santa Fe (March 1-3 2013 at the Santa Fe Business Incubator) and for the Startup Weekends to come. 

Find more information at:

Register at:

And view the longer form video here:

Startup Weekend – Full from Eighteen Eighty on Vimeo.


2013-02-08T01:43:53+00:00February 8th, 2013|

This Week in Santa Fe & Northern NM

It’s a busy week (as always?) in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico.

Bringing the various elements of tech business startups together is a key mission for the Tech Council and our partners in northern New Mexico and this week is a good example of all the talents and other assets we have available.

On Thursday, we have two overlapping events in the region. First, The Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation in collaboration with the Green Business Cluster of Northern New Mexico, the Hive, the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce, and the the New Mexico chapter of the Energy, Technology & Environmental Business Association, present: Green Potentials for Northern NM 2012.

Talks include Dr. Richard Sayre on Algal Biofuels and representatives from the Energy, Technology & Environmental Business Association (ETEBA) who will “paint a picture” of business potentials in Northern New Mexico. More info at:

Second, the Santa Fe Software Developers Group will meet up at Open Eye Scientific with a great crowd of developers and others in IT and other tech fields. Find out more about the event and Meetup Group at:

On Friday, we have a special event kicking off our monthly Tech Friday luncheon series on startups and entrepreneurship at the Santa Fe Complex with special guest Roger O’Brien, talking about the skills, traits and capabilities necessary to be a successful entrepreneur. For more information, visit

We’re working with partners at the Regional Development Corporation, Northern New Mexico Connect and Santa Fe Business Incubator on more events and activities throughout the year. We hope you’ll attend and get involved!

2012-01-24T13:37:25+00:00January 24th, 2012|