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.

And the winner of Ski Lift Pitch 2018 is… Twistle!

Yesterday marked our fourth-annual Ski Lift Pitch competition, and we’re excited to announce that Albuquerque-based Twistle is the winner!

Ski Lift Pitch Contest began in 2015 after ABQid board member, Katie Rice, came up with the idea in order to attract more investors to the state. With the support of Taos Ski Valley, the event has successfully brought together snow-loving investors and startups for the past three years. Former Ski Lift Pitch Contest winners include Taos Mountain Energy Bars, UBQid, and EquiSeq.

This year’s event was the largest ever with a field of 15 startups broken into three groups. Competitors pitched five judges one at a time while riding up the ski lift. The judges then scored each pitch on a five-point scorecard to determine which of the five companies made it to the final round. 

Twistle, represented by Director of Marketing Brad Woodward, is a messaging platform for health systems that delivers “the easiest and most powerful way to engage with … patients across all clinical specialties, procedures, and chronic conditions.”

There’s no event quite like Ski Lift Pitch, but don’t take our word for it! Check out posts from Instagram to hear directly from the participants. Congratulations to all the competitors, judges, and day-of attendees who made tons of great connections in the entrepreneurial community.


Announcing the Competitors for Ski Lift Pitch 2018!

The field is set for Ski Lift Pitch 2018, and we couldn’t be more excited to tell you about the amazing companies who will converge on Taos Ski Valley February 21-22 for an event like no other.

This year we received our highest number of applicants ever for Ski Lift Pitch (the word’s getting out about the scene in New Mexico!). In fact, we had so many quality applicants that we’ve increased the competitor field from 12 to 15 companies, making this year’s event the biggest and best yet.

Here they are in alphabetical order:

  1. AdWallet
  2. Apostrophe
  3. Charge Running
  4. DataButterfly
  5. DeferPanic, Inc.
  6. Drop Water
  7. Elemental
  8. Hangtime
  9. IP Fact Scout, Inc.
  10. Makeena
  11. PhenoMx
  12. Rodin Scientific
  13. Tesseract Space
  14. Trusted Herd
  15. Twistle

These companies hail from around New Mexico as well as California, Colorado, Illinois, and New York. They’ll each present to an esteemed group of judges, some of whom are Ski Lift Pitch regulars like Bert Roberts of Sorenson Capital in Utah. Others are brand new to the event like Hemai Parthasarathy of Breakout Labs in California, and Pat Riley of GAN Ventures in Colorado. For a full list of judges visit www.skiliftpitch.com.

Join us on the slopes or in the lounge

Day-of tickets are available for $50 and cover lunch pitch session, finalist announcement reception, and, new for this year, access to The Lounge, a space that will host non-skiing participants, entrepreneurs, and investors. ABQid’s Directors, T.J. Cook and Trisha Terhar, will be on hand to help you make connections, talk all things startups, and host special guests like Andy Lim, Founder/CEO of Albuquerque startup Addmi.

Thanks to our amazing sponsors and partners!

And, of course, a huge shout out to our major sponsors, Taos Ski Valley and Wells Fargo for helping us make Ski Lift Pitch a reality. Other amazing sponsors include Crosslink CapitalFeynman Center for Innovation, Peacock Myers, Sun Mountain Capital, Sorensen CapitalEpic Ventures, GAN VenturesSiarza Social Digital, Taos Mountain Energy Bars, and Taos Mesa Brewing. Lastly, we’re honored to be joined by ICELab at Western State Colorado University as a Partner Program for this year’s contest.

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