Meet the Grads of our Lean Startup Bootcamp!

We recently teamed up with projectY Cowork in Los Alamos to help a cohort of early-stage companies refine their customer discovery and acquisition strategies using the Lean Startup method.

Six entrepreneurs successfully completed the 8-week program, giving a 9/10 score for overall value to their business. Check them out (in alphabetical order):

  • Concert Cribs – Designing modular pop-up living spaces for festival goers
  • Montibon Provenance – Providing an art security and provenance solution for collectors
  • Mountain Storm Instruments – Simplifying the design and operation of sophisticated sensor networks
  • Muezbiz – Helping local musicians make money
  • New Travel New Mexico – Helping local tourism departments and tour operators connect to more travelers
  • Wiggats – Offering an innovative head piece that builds confidence and sense of empowerment

Graduates are now taking action on what they learned, from launching offer tests for market segments they refined, to continuing customer discovery, to building in the Lean build-measure-learn discipline into every aspect of their business.

Our thanks to these awesome entrepreneurs–we’re excited to see where you go next!

And of course our thanks to the awesome team at projectY, Los Alamos Economic Development, and LANL Major Subcontractors Consortium.

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ABQid Partners with the Air Force Research Lab

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Air Force Research Laboratory Tech Engagement Office to develop new ways to connect the Laboratory with existing technology businesses and entrepreneurs in New Mexico. The agreement is part of AFRL’s desire to accelerate innovation by working more effectively with the private sector, and ABQid’s desire to help build successful high-growth companies in New Mexico.

The goal is to better familiarize the private sector with the technological needs of the Air Force and engage them to help address those needs by creating commercially viable solutions for the Air Force.

“For the Air Force to maintain its edge in protecting this country, we must be more innovative and be able to adapt quickly to changing technology. That can be a challenge for the government. We see entrepreneurs and innovators in the private sector as an underused resource to assist us with this challenge by bringing their innovation into our labs and helping us find nimble solutions,” said Matt Fetrow, Director of the AFRL TEO.

ABQid and the AFRL TEO will follow a lean process over the next couple of months to identify synergies between Air Force technological needs and existing industry capabilities. We’ll then develop programming designed to better connect the two.

“We know that New Mexico has some very successful innovative tech companies, and we believe that we can bring them into a space where they can work towards solutions for AFRL as while creating products that are commercially viable,” said T.J. Cook, Executive Director of ABQid.

Now hiring: Executive Assistant

[UPDATE: We have a new admin!]

We’re hiring an Executive Assistant! Read all about it below, or ABQid Administrative Assistant Job Description.

About the Position

ABQid is seeking a detail-oriented administrator to join our small but mighty team as we help startups with high-growth potential create opportunities that lead to prosperity in New Mexico. This position will build your experience across a variety of valuable skill sets, as well as help build relationships with some of the best early-stage companies in New Mexico.  

About You

Your core skill set lies in organization and catching the details others miss, and working well with people. You love interacting, learning new things, simplifying complexity, and ensuring things run smoothly. When a challenge is presented, you not only offer potential solutions but help make them happen.

Your Primary Job Duties

  • Executive Director Support: Help manage the schedule of the executive director (meeting requests, speaking opportunities, partnership collaborations) in a responsive, professional manner; organize and manage follow up actions.
  • Office Management: Help keep our office in tip top shape with supplies so that it’s a welcoming, energizing experience for the entrepreneurs we serve and the guests we host.
  • Marketing and Communications: Work with Executive Director and outside partners to develop and edit content for two monthly newsletters, varied social media accounts, and other platforms; manage email, phone, and mail communications.
  • Event Planning: Take a lead role alongside internal/external help in logistical coordination for numerous ABQid events such as pitch competitions, quarterly dinners, and workshops.
  • Light Accounting: Work with our offsite accountant to ensure accounts payable and receivable, vendors, and accounting processes are running smoothly.
  • Other Administrative Duties: Generating reports for various stakeholders; organizing contracts and files; researching and purchasing from vendors; scheduling board meetings and taking minutes.

Compensation

  • $32k-$40k dependent on experience
  • 3 weeks’ paid vacation per year
  • Free parking, coffee, snacks, flexible hours, remote days, and sometimes funny [dad] jokes
  • As a startup ourselves, health/dental is not included.

How to Apply

Send resume & cover letter to trisha@abqid.com, Subject: “Executive Assistant.”