Announcing Competitors and Tickets for Ski Lift Pitch 2020!

The pitch event like no other returns February 20, 2020, to beautiful Taos, New Mexico!

Get tickets today–space is limited.

Let’s meet this year’s competitors, in alphabetical order of course, who represent an amazing range of products and industries and come from inside and outside New Mexico:

  1. Boogaloo Beds – Improving sleep, safety and sensory regulation for kids with special needs
  2. DadsFanny – A simplified solution for parenting essentials, so you can focus on life’s adventures
  3. EdCuration – Getting better curriculum resources into classrooms, faster
  4. – Improving solar PV performance by capturing waste heat and cleaning water
  5. EveryDay Contacts – Our Vision is to Protect Yours
  6. Home Lending Pal – Your Pocket Underwriter
  7. Kane Robotics – Delivering next-generation robotic automation to aerospace manufacturers
  8. PassiveLogic – The world’s first fully autonomous platform for buildings
  9. ProPortal – Modernizing communication for law firms and their clients
  10. Relativity6 – The AI Retention Company
  11. Unividoc – See doctors in Spanish that speak your culture
  12. Visana Health – Empowering endometriosis patients to take control of their care

About Ski Lift Pitch

Since its first year in 2014, ABQid’s Ski Lift Pitch competition has brought national attention to New Mexico. The event now puts the state on the map as a place where snow-loving investors and startups convene to identify new business opportunities and build new professional relationships.

ABQid’s Ski Lift Pitch Contest began with a crazy idea: startup teams pitch their companies to prestigious investors while they ride the lift together to the top of the mountain. After multiple rounds of pitching in this format in groups of four, top startups from each group pitch on stage for a chance to win $10,000 non-dilutive capital.

Former contest winners include Taos Mountain Energy BarsUBQidEquiSeq, and Twistle, but really, all competitors are winners because they get the opportunity to forge intentional relationships with multiple investors from around the country. This brings value to investors and startups long after the end of the event.

Learn more and check out this year’s investor judges at

And a HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsors

ABQid is Joining CNM Ingenuity

We’re excited to announce that both our nonprofit, ABQid, Inc., and our ABQid, LP venture investing fund will be merged into CNM Ingenuity, the non-profit subsidiary of Central New Mexico Community College which operates numerous entrepreneurial support an development programs across the state.

We’ll be continuing our work on initiatives like Hyperspace Challenge with AFRL New Mexico and ActivateNM with WESST, as well as our Ski Lift and Balloon pitch events. Joining up with CNMI’s extensive programs, capabilities and infrastructure will allow the ABQid, LP Fund to expand investing opportunities and multiply the value we deliver to startups. The end result? Better support and resources for NM startups with high growth potential, which is what we’ve always been about.

CNM Ingenuity was created in 2014 through the New Mexico Research Park Act. CNMI is already providing programs and support for entrepreneurs and pursues cooperative ventures that foster economic development and job creation. Ingenuity also advances new approaches to education that provide accelerated educational and training opportunities in key workforce areas.

You can read more about the announcement here.

Register Now for ActivateNM Demo Day December 7

Register here! Join ABQid and WESST at the 2018 ActivateNM Demo Day December 7 from 3-5pm at WESST Enterprise Center! Leaders from the entrepreneurial community will cast vision for the new year, and five startups will pitch their companies after incorporating learnings from an eight-week Lean Startup program during which guest facilitators shared first-hand stories of lessons learned as well as important practices when building high-growth companies.

Awesome food and beverage will be on hand for the celebration, and you’ll be inspired for your startup journey.

Here’s a sneak peak at the five software and software-enabled companies pitching:

  • CustomCult. Custom Cult provides software and hardware to enable mass customization of snowboards and skis.
  • FruitStand Technology. With subscription-based web design and marketing services, FruitStand’s highly vetted technical professionals keep “main street” company websites sites fresh, and their customers happy.
  • Hangerang. Hangerang helps users quickly find, create, and share in-the-moment local happenings – growing IRL connections and boosting local economies.
  • Schedule My RentSchedule My Rent allows busy property owners and landlords to save time by screening tenants, automatically collecting rent, and more.
  • Think UbiquitousThink Ubiquitous’ platform offers scientists visualization and analysis tools that make their important research immediately accessible and usable.

Download the flyer and share with a friend!

Also, we can’t say thank you enough to the amazing Guest Facilitators and Mentors who covered critical topics for high-growth startups and shared first-hand experiences that each startup was able to apply directly to problems they’re facing:

Register here!

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.


  • $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, Subject: “Executive Assistant.”

2017 Cohort Companies Announcement

Meet our 2017 Health and Wellness Cohort Companies…
ABQid is incredibly excited to announce our newest cohort! After months and months of planning and preparation, we are proud to introduce you to six amazing companies ready for acceleration in Albuquerque:
BruxRelief: This team has developed a device and app to identify and eliminate bruxism (teeth-grinding).
DopaApp: Originally founded in Egypt, this startup works with treatment facilities to connect addicts with individuals and resources that can help.
The Egg Project: This team is developing a tech-enabled system to prevent and de-escalate autistic episodes.
The Kombucha Project: A fast-growing Santa Fe startup offering convenient, accessible, and healthy kombucha products.
NeuroTrainer: This startup has developed a virtual reality based software solution to dramatically improve treatment outcomes for athletes and people with traumatic brain injuries.
SANEchart: The team behind SANEchart is developing a software system to digitize the documentation of sexual abuse and domestic violence forensic examinations.
We want to thank our Health and Wellness Advisory Committee members and our Community Partners for all of their help throughout the selection process. Additionally, we are honored to have the continued support of the City of Albuquerque.