Balloon Pitch


ABQid, powered by CNM Ingenuity and sponsored by the City of Albuquerque, is proud to announce the 2019 Balloon Pitch Competition on Thursday, October 3, 2019.

Balloon Pitch brings New Mexico's top high-growth startups together with investor judges from multiple states representing over $100m in investable capital. It's a pitch event like no other, just before the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Congratulations to this year's winners!

  1. Perspective Components
  2. Legacy Concierge
  3. Schola

Join our mailing list to be notified when we open applications for Ski Lift Pitch 2020

Balloon Pitch 2019 rose on October 3!

Pitch Teams

8 carefully selected companies pitch to a renowned team of investor judges.

Investor Judges

8 esteemed investor judges choose the best pitch from the competing companies.

$10,000 Cash Prize

1 team wins a $10,000 cash prize AND a balloon ride in a Balloon Fiesta Mass Ascension.

Event Locations

Hotel Andaluz

Historic Hotel in downtown Albuquerque, host of Thursday evening kickoff!

Vara Wines

Host of Pitch Day Events on Friday, a local startup themselves!

Albuquerque, NM

Enchanted event city, all Balloon Pitch events on the eve of Balloon Fiesta 2019!

Investor Judges

Lori Upham
ABQid Fund
New Mexico

Sydnie Keddington
Kickstart Seed Fund

Katie Rice
Epic Ventures, BabyPage
Utah & NM

Susan Evatt
Angel Investor
Albuquerque, NM

Stuart Rose
Tramway Venture Partners
Albuquerque, NM

Peter Sturgeon
Sorenson Capital
Arizona, Utah

Robb Kunz
ventureblue Capital
Salt Lake City, Utah

Tim Harjo
Director, SBDC
New Mexico

Tim Harjo
Director, Small Business Development Center, CNM
Albuquerque, NM



abqid customer logos - cabq




See NM startups rise