Apply now for the projectY Lean Startup Bootcamp in Los Alamos

We’re excited to announce the projectY Lean Startup Bootcamp in Los Alamos! The new eight-week program will assist individuals starting a business in Northern New Mexico (in or north of Santa Fe). Thanks to generous sponsorship, the program is free for up to 10 participants. Click here to apply.

The program, based on the Lean Startup methodology, is open to entrepreneurs located in and north of Santa Fe who have identified a market problem or need, as well as a proposed solution, and are committed to moving forward with their idea. Applications, available at the end of February and closing March 16, will not discriminate against industry type or market scope; participants may range from high-growth technology companies to mom-and- pop lifestyle business concepts. Instruction provided to each participant through the projectY Lean Startup Bootcamp is valued at $2,400.

The series of 4 two-hour workshops will run every other week in April and May 2018, and participants can also expect a minimum of 10 hours of self-paced work outside of each workshop. Each workshop’s format will include both instruction as well as hands-on activities among participants, and cover topics ranging from customer discovery and product/concept testing, to self-assessment and team formation, as well as basic business concepts such as equity allocation.

If you’re a New Mexico-based business located in or north of Santa Fe, consider applying! projectY is an awesome partner, having hosted more than 200 events and had over 2,500 individuals from around Northern New Mexico come through its doors for various entrepreneurial programming activities since its inception in June 2016. Our partnership is the first step the coworking space has taken to introduce a formal multi-week program.

Graduating participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and may also be eligible for select ABQid funding opportunities, promotional efforts and ongoing statewide network and partner events.

Congrats 2017 Health and Wellness Cohort Graduates!

Congratulations to our 2017 Health and Wellness Cohort Graduates! Launch Day 2017 on October 26 was a huge success as the community rallied around six startups on their road to high growth in New Mexico. HUGE shout out to the awesome advisors and mentors who gave countless hours to these awesome companies.

Missed the event? Head over to our Facebook page to catch the live stream, including keynote presentation by Josh Stevens, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Crosslink Capital.

Here are a few photos to highlight Launch Day, which included mock board meetings with 12 leaders in business and health, to the evening presentations, to the final reception:

Marsha Battee of SANEsuite in a mock board meeting session.

Katlyn Jennings of The Kombucha Project in a mock board meeting session.

Jeff Nyquist of NeuroTrainer fits in a customer learning session.

Mohamed Khashaba of TakeStep on the Launch Day stage.

Brock Predovich of Bravrr, creators of BruxRelief, on the Launch Day stage.

A community member samples NeuroTrainer’s VR brain training.

A community member talks with Ralph Peña of The Egg Project about the company’s first product, ARTIE.

ABQid welcomes Harold Lavender

We are excited to announce that Harold Lavender has joined the ABQid team!  Harold will be working to expand what ABQid can do for the community and build awareness of our startup accelerator.  As a well known lawyer, businessman, and State Investment Council member, Harold will be a key asset in helping ABQid accomplish its goals.  His experience and passion for helping the local entrepreneurial community is vital to the ABQid mission.  We are very grateful to have Harold aboard and can’t wait to begin working together!


2016 ABQid Summer Accelerator Launch Party


On Thursday June 2nd, ABQid was excited to announce this year’s cohort during our launch party at the Verge Building.  We have selected 5 teams to participate in the accelerator program:


Bee The Swarm24c6f419-c1e4-4a90-8429-b3aa529ebb2f

A mobile gaming company with an innovative approach to solving crime.

Blackpin Inc.

An asset monitoring software solution for industries surveying large land masses.

Dear Dr. Dora

A startup aimed at making New Mexico the home base for a promising new industry: digital mental health.

Indigenous Beats

A mobile app to allow music artists to get ranked in their city.


Provides “studio infrastructure as a service” for small to mid-sized animation, VFX and CAD/CAM studios and schools.


The teams had their first opportunity to meet and interact with ABQid mentors and professionals in the entrepreneurial community.  We can’t wait to now dig-in with the 2016 summer cohort and hone their ideas via the Lean Startup Methodology.  Thank you to everyone for coming to our launch party and supporting ABQid, our teams, and local entrepreneurship!

InnoBright At MuckerLab Accelerator

Raghu Kopalle, CEO of innoBright Technologies, spent two-weeks at MuckerLab in Los Angeles as part of the Global Accelerator Network’s (GAN) exchange program to gain new insight into his startup. He went for the express purpose of developing contacts within Hollywood’s film and media industry. He also had the opportunity to have a one-on-one meeting with the founders of MuckerLab, William Hsu and Eric Rannala. Both William and Eric encouraged Raghu to become a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform and to maximize his development calories on a business model that would return revenue in the short-term.  Their suggestion was to get to customer adoption, validate the value proposition and market opportunity as soon as possible.

MuckerLab’s other suggestion was for Raghu to focus on VFX commercials produced at large advertising agencies, where rendering projects occur quickly and very short sales cycles are the norm. This model would allow innoBright to generate revenue immediately. Instead of focusing on movie studios, where animation projects take 3 to 4 years to develop, innoBright could work with advertising agencies producing animated commercials in 3 to 4 weeks. Based on this valuable feedback, innoBright’s new target customers are advertising agencies producing VFX animation commercials in the auto, consumer-electronics games and professional sports industries. Along that new target, Raghu had the opportunity to pitch innoBright to Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world. They are very interested in participating innoBright’s first beta cycle test.

Raghu described the vicious cycle many startups face when dealing with large companies, like film studios, as potential clients. A large film studio usually contracts with management consulting firms such as McKinsey and Company, Bain or BCG for their strategic investment needs, which means a founder like Raghu has to convince these management consulting firms that a product has validity before anyone inside the studio will even look at it. But to find the right person inside the consulting firm, Raghu has to find a helpful contact in the target studio and then must in turn prove his product’s value to the consulting firm before getting to the ultimate decision maker within the film studio. For this reason, Raghu has decided to shy away from bigger companies in the short-term to focus on smaller customers. He’s finding that they’re willing to give him valuable feedback about his product and actually help him shape how the product is being developed, while he is working on the bigger companies in the back burner.

Raghu pitched to groups within MuckerLab and received some valuable feedback, specifically challenging the validation of his market size and the need to nail down his beta cycle to allow for an objective measure of innoBright. Specifically, an objective measure of the product would mean anyone could test the beta product to see the results for themselves. Raghu learned that a company’s internal tests and product validation is just the beginning, but you really have to back it up with numbers from real-life product testing. For instance, a user might say that they want to use your software in a certain way but in reality they use it in a very different way within a different context. During the beta cycle startups should want to see and validate the actual usage of many users.