2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Program

ABQid is incredibly excited to announce our upcoming 2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Program!  After our initial unveiling during 1 Million Cups at FatPipe, our new direction has been met with encouragement and approval.  There have also been some questions regarding our strategy of utilizing themed cohorts, namely why Health and Wellness?  We love answering this question because ABQid strongly believes in the potential of a Health and Wellness focus!

Here in New Mexico, considerable research and development constantly occurs within the realm of health and wellness.  Much of this innovation comes from our national laboratories and research universities.  Because of the growth in this sector, ABQid will have the opportunity to partner with many prominent individuals and businesses in the Health and Wellness space.  We can then apply these partnerships to our cohort companies providing them access to our partners and their processes.  This is a huge benefit for companies in this sector as market access can be one of the largest hurdles a startup needs to overcome.

Health and Wellness is an omnipresent focus as well.  This sector is taking on big problems that need big solutions.  There is ample value in solving these problems from both a societal and investment viewpoint.  Health and Wellness is an evergreen direction with continual innovation and potential.

If you are interested in applying for our 2017 Accelerator Program, applications will open on Friday, April 7th.

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2017 Ski Lift Pitch Contestants

ABQid is excited to announce this year’s contestants at our 3rd annual Ski Lift Pitch competition in Taos, NM!  After evaluating the many applications, these 12 startups rose to the top.  The competing startups are:

CivNet – Albuquerque, NM.  An online network to connect with like-minded individuals, find opportunities to get involved, and organize to take action.

EquiSeq – Albuquerque, NM.  Identifying genetic markers for diseases common in horses and developing tests for breeders.

HoneyMoon Brewery – Santa Fe, NM.  Brewing a new genre of alcoholic beverage based off an ancient, fermented tea known as Kombucha.

Innobright Technologies – Albuquerque, NM.  Reducing 3D rendering time and costs for visual and product designers.

iTherapyDocs – Albuquerque, NM.  Providing documentation and billing software for a section of Medicaid serving the developmentally disabled population.

Length Width Height – Santa Fe, NM.  E-commerce for customized upholstery and home décor.

MetaPipe – Albuquerque, NM.  Making it easy for Visual Effects artists to use the cloud as a complete solution for infrastructure and software licensing.

NoStamp – Tijeras, NM.  Leveraging image capture and comparison capabilities of smartphones to allow for the exact payment of postage.

Peak Alpaca – Amsterdam, NY.  Creating an eco-friendly, sustainable, hypoallergenic product line that will offer sustainable warmth for the outdoors and home.

Revolution Agriculture – Rio Rancho, NM.  Creating closed system, organic farms that produce greater yield, run on renewable energy, and use less water.

Stow – Windsor, CO.  A marketplace for storage allowing users with extra space to make extra income by listing it on an app.

Twistle – Albuquerque, NM.  A healthcare communications platform with device and electronic health record (EHR) integration.

ABQid unveiled these contestants at our announcement party on February, 9th and we are excited at this diverse group!  During the party, the startups were paired up with a sponsor for the event.  A special thanks to our Ski Lift Pitch sponsors which include: The City of Albuquerque, Taos Ski Valley, Wells Fargo, Sun Mountain Capital, Epic Ventures, Jaynes, SendGrid, Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation, BBVA Compass, Sorenson Capital, Peacock Myers, Nventify, Recarnation, Taos Mountain Energy Bar, Taos Mesa Brewing, and Taos Inn.

This year’s ABQid Ski Lift Pitch Competition will take place on February 28th at the Taos Ski Valley.  The selected companies will pitch their business ideas on the chair lift to a panel of experienced investors.  The grand prize winner will walk away with $10,000 for their startup.  Ski Lift Pitch is an incredible opportunity to showcase entrepreneurship and bring people together from across the country to see the impact we are making in New Mexico.  For more information, please visit www.skiliftpitch.com


ABQid Companies Winning Big

Our portfolio companies have been cleaning up at recent pitch competitions!  First, Innobright Technologies took home the grand prize at Rise of the Rest in October.  AOL founder Steve Case invested $100,000 in Innobright which was a huge win for them, ABQid, and the entire City of Albuquerque!  Second, Metapipe took home the top award in the 3rd annual Scrappy Startup Competition on November 17th.  The big prize included one ticket to SXSW is Austin, one day of vendor space at SXSW, automatic entry into the ABQid Ski Lift Pitch Competition, and $500!  ABQid companies know how to pitch and we are proud of it!  We want to congratulate these companies on their pitch success and want to thank everyone who participated in these events for continuing to grow the startup scene in Albuquerque!