“Super Sweet Startup Digs” Contest Winners Announced

ABQid and FatPipe ABQ announced the winners of the “Super Sweet Startup Digs” Contest. Ten winners of the contest will receive free desk space, use of office amenities, mentoring and coaching, as well as other invaluable resources for startups. The companies will be able to use these resources for six months and benefit from the close proximity to other active startups within the Innovation Corridor, in downtown Albuquerque. One lucky winner will receive a professional makeover, featuring a wardrobe gift card from Runway Apparel and spa day by AlluraDerm, plus new professional headshots.

The WINNERS:
FatPipe ABQ
Brian Stinar, Noventum Custom Software
John Ayala – BuckleDown
Athena Christodoulus
Nicole Taylor – The House Nanny

ABQid/Verge
Raghu Kopalle – InnoBright
Sydney Alfonso – Etkie
Pranav Patel – Hotel Upgrade
Samat Jain – PiFi
Robert Mendez – Big Idea, Little Trailer

Kathleen Gardenswartz, co-owner of the Verge Building and ABQid Director of Marketing & Curriculum stated, “The contest is an opportunity for startup entrepreneurs to be at the center of all the amazing connections going on in Albuquerque’s Innovation Central corridor. We give the winners a space to work, develop their startups and feed o ff the energy of other entrepreneurs in the building.”

Lisa Adkins, FatPipe ABQ Managing Partner said, “We’re very excited to participate in the Super Sweet Startup Digs Contest and offer free space to e ntrepreneurs trying to get their startup off the ground. Entrepreneurs reach their fullest potential in environments where they can feed off the energy, ideas and innovations of like-minded people. FatPipe ABQ’s facility and resources combine to create an environment where businesses can focus on learning, growing, networking – and converting their high-tech concepts into marketplace success. We welcome the inaugural winners of this challenge and look forward to working with you over the coming months.”

Bill Bice, Chairman of ABQid added, “There is nothing I love more than helping an entrepreneur build their dream, and Innovation Central is the place to do it. FatPipe ABQ and the Verge Building, along with Innovate ABQ, CNM STEMulus Center and WESST are all at the heart of Innovation Central in downtown Albuquerque. We’ve created a concentration of startup activity where amazing random collisions occur on a regular basis.”

Runway Apparel and a gracious anonymous donor provided a $350 gift card prize for a budding entrepreneur to “make-over” their wardrobe. AlluraDerm has also contributed a Spa make-over for the lucky entrepreneur. A special announcement featuring the winner of this prize is forthcoming.

ABQid identifies and supports the amazing entrepreneurs that are already in our community, helping them to build great businesses that create jobs. ABQid democratizes entrepreneurship, introducing Lean Startup principles to aspiring and active entrepreneurs while connecting them with the resources they need to be successful. In the process, ABQid identifies the biggest, highest growth opportunities, bringing them into the ABQid Accelerator to drastically increase the likelihood of their success. ABQid is a key element in Albuquerque’s public/private efforts to grow a culture of innovation in the center of the city.

FatPipe ABQ is a place where like-minded people can focus on ideas, not the everyday back-office details of running a business. Our 10,000-square-foot facility, in the sought-after Lofts at Albuquerque High Courtyard, comes ready-made with furniture, multi-media equipment, IT infrastructure, and a 300 MB “fat pipe” to the Internet. We also offer mentoring opportunities and can help connect your business to investors and potential partners. All at an affordable price, with lower rent available in some cases in return for equity. Don’t waste time and energy trying to put these resources together yourself. Instead, tap into FatPipe ABQ.

Verge Fund is an early stage seed fund located in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Verge Fund invests in seed-stage, high-growth ventures in the Southwest. This partnership focuses on opportunities at the earliest stages of their development, even if the business model hasn’t fully been built-out.

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