ABQid Partners with Air Force Research Labs

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.

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!

Harold

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.

MetaPipe

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!