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.

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.”

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.

Focusing on Founder Wellness

With our upcoming Health and Wellness Accelerator, ABQid is taking a proactive approach on addressing the health and wellness of our founders as well.  It has become increasingly prevalent that a focus on founder wellness has been lacking in accelerators across the globe, and we want to be on the cutting edge of changing that mindset.  By empowering founders to focus on their wellness in addition to their companies, we not only create healthier founders, but healthier companies as well.  ABQid wants health and wellness to be paramount in the culture of all our portfolio companies, and it starts with us.

Below is an article by Patrick Riley of the Global Accelerator Network commenting on how accelerators are moving forward with addressing this issue.  We applaud every accelerator that is acting as a catalyst, and ABQid is incredibly excited and prepared to improve founder wellness as well!

 The Founder Wellness Pact: How Accelerators are Addressing Depression Among Founders

By Patrick Riley

Most of us have experienced depression or anxiety in one form or another. Whether we have personally faced it or watched a family member or founder struggle through it, we’ve seen how it can impact our work, our relationships, and the overall health of those going through it along with the people who care about them.

The GAN community has dealt with the impact that depression can lead to as two founders in the past year have committed suicide. When we get this horrible news, it absolutely breaks our hearts. I was at the Rise of the Rest conference last month when I heard the news about the second founder who committed suicide, and I got pretty emotional. While I know this isn’t a problem unique to accelerators, I know we can take actions as a group to help prevent this from happening again.

At the last GAN Summit, I was proud and honored to be around a group of GAN MDs who wanted to put together a pact for the ways we could support the overall health of founders going through a GAN accelerator program. While we can’t be 100% responsible for the mental and emotional well-being of our founders, we can take reasonable steps to provide an environment that allows them to thrive as humans and entrepreneurs. Here are the ten things those GAN accelerators committed to doing for founders in our programs:

  • Introduce the topic of Founder Wellness at the beginning of every accelerator program, which will cover what it means to maintain personal and professional wellness as an entrepreneur
  • Look at our culture and be upfront and honest about what negative behaviors our accelerator programs may be promoting
  • Educate ourselves on the signs of depression to be able to recognize those as early as possible
  • Regularly listen to our founders and provide an open door for them to talk with the leaders of each accelerator
  • Host a weekly, off the record meeting with the purpose of giving founders the chance to provide status updates for both personal and professional well-being
  • Give each team a coach or mental health counselor or the resources to find one
  • Celebrate the small wins of each founder
  • Promote balance between a founder’s work and rest
  • Commit to one full day dedicated to “Founder Wellness” during the program where accelerators get out of the office to do a hike, plan a fun activity or something else that cares for founders
  • Encourage founders to ask for help if they’re struggling

While this list isn’t exhaustive by any means, it’s a great start for the actions we can take to help founders while they are in our programs.

As part of the GAN’s commitment, we’ve also contracted with certified counselors at Foundations Family Counseling who have worked with numerous startup founders, and beginning this week they have agreed to offer any GAN founder a free counseling session to talk through any issue where they’re struggling. If they want more support, the team at Foundations is equipped to counsel founders on a weekly or bi-weekly basis of which the GAN is providing funding to help subsidize the cost for any founder who needs to talk with a counselor on an ongoing basis.

Finally, we know that we can’t solve every issue and don’t want to give the impression that we can. If you know of a founder who has a crisis situation, they should immediately call the Suicide Prevention Hotline if you’re in the States. That number is: +1.800.273.8255 and you can also chat with them online here. If you’re outside the States, you can find your country’s Suicide Hotline here.

This is really important. We’re excited to take one step forward in helping founders in this way and ease some of the burdens on our founders.

*GAN Founders, if you’d like to speak with a certified counselor send an email to confidentialsupport@gan.co, all emails to and from this address are confidential. This email is not monitored by GAN as it will go directly to Foundations, you will receive a response within one business day from our partners at Foundations Family Counseling. This will only go to the counseling group, and no one will see your request except for certified counselors who are required to keep any conversation confidential due to the United States’ HIPPA regulations.

2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Program

ABQid is incredibly excited to announce our upcoming 2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Program!  After our initial unveiling during 1 Million Cups at FatPipe, our new direction has been met with encouragement and approval.  There have also been some questions regarding our strategy of utilizing themed cohorts, namely why Health and Wellness?  We love answering this question because ABQid strongly believes in the potential of a Health and Wellness focus!

Here in New Mexico, considerable research and development constantly occurs within the realm of health and wellness.  Much of this innovation comes from our national laboratories and research universities.  Because of the growth in this sector, ABQid will have the opportunity to partner with many prominent individuals and businesses in the Health and Wellness space.  We can then apply these partnerships to our cohort companies providing them access to our partners and their processes.  This is a huge benefit for companies in this sector as market access can be one of the largest hurdles a startup needs to overcome.

Health and Wellness is an omnipresent focus as well.  This sector is taking on big problems that need big solutions.  There is ample value in solving these problems from both a societal and investment viewpoint.  Health and Wellness is an evergreen direction with continual innovation and potential.

If you are interested in applying for our 2017 Accelerator Program, applications will open on Friday, April 7th.

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