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 (see the competitor announcement blog post!) 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.


Balloon Pitch rises on October 3, 2019!

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

Dorian Rader
NMA Ventures
New Mexico

Robb Kunz
ventureblue Capital, Angel Investor
Salt Lake City, Utah



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See NM startups rise on October 3