Seeking Startups for Ski Lift Pitch in Taos, NM

Pitching a startup on a ski lift in the world renowned Taos Ski Valley can only be topped by the opportunity to win $10,000. ABQid, a startup accelerator based in Albuquerque, NM, is seeking nationwide startups to participate in the unique ABQid Ski Lift Pitch, which will be held on March 1, 2016.

The pitch event pairs startup founders with venture capitalists (VCs) and industry leaders on Taos Ski Valley chair lifts. The startup founders make their pitches as the elevation rises. Each founder will have three opportunities to pitch and the VCs will vote on their favorites. Three finalists will then pitch to a full crowd, including the VC judges, over lunch at 1pm. The grand prizewinner will be selected among the three finalists and announced at the 3:30pm Aprés Ski event.

New Mexico attracts entrepreneurs who seek instant access to outdoor adventure and seek opportunities to make a real impact where they live and work. New Mexico’s ultimate diversity of people and terrain make it an ideal home base for tech geeks and entrepreneurs seeking a fusion of rich culture and instant access to the southern Rocky Mountains and unlimited outdoor adventure.

Last year’s inaugural Ski Lift Pitch event allowed VC’s from all over the country to check off a box on their bucket list and declare they’ve skied the new Kachina Lift at Taos Ski Valley, a world-class destination for both amateur and die-hard skiers.

“This year we are expanding the Ski Lift Pitch to entrepreneurs from all over the country to apply and experience New Mexico’s ideal conditions for startups,” said Katie Rice, one of the event co-founders.

Last year’s Ski Lift Pitch Winner was Taos Energy Bars. “I have immense passion for the entrepreneurial spirit and opportunities that New Mexico offers. It’s an amazing place for entrepreneurs to greatly benefit the startup ecosystem while driving economic development forward,” said Brooks Thostenson, President and Co-Owner of Taos Mountain Energy Bars.

New Mexico Magazine editor, Dave Herndon, after participating in the 2015 Ski Lift Pitch said, “the takeaway for me was that this event represents the sweet spot nexus of New Mexico’s natural assets, the recreation/lifestyle/travel options they present and the opportunity for grass roots economic development they can inspire.”

Startup founders interested in applying for the Ski Lift Pitch, should visit All applicants should have some experience with either skiing or snowboarding.

ABQid ( is an organization that supports local entrepreneurs who are building great businesses and is a key element in Albuquerque’s efforts to grow a culture of innovation, so organizing the contest aligned well with their mission. Current ABQid Ski Lift Pitch Contest sponsors include the New Mexico Tourism Department, Taos Ski Valley, Silicon Valley Bank, City of Albuquerque, ReCARnation, NewsCastic, Horizon Group at Morgan Stanley, Zia Trust, and Taos Mountain Energy Bar. Others interested in sponsoring the event can contact ABQid at

Peptineo in the news

ABQid Accelerator startup Peptineo was recently featured on local news, KOAT Channel 7. The news story centered on Peptineo’s technology, FlexDex, a therapeutic formula that makes established antibiotics and potentially vaccines effective and lucrative again. Because infectious organisms evolve so fast, previously approved antibiotics have lost potency and, in many cases are off patent. FlexDex Formulation turbo boosts efficacy, provides novelty to previously approved antibiotics for a renewed patent life, at a fraction of the cost of a new chemical structure.

Please view the entire segment on KOAT.

UNM Entrepreneurial Bootcamp – Nov 19

Join us for an exceptional seminar on Wednesday, November 19th with aspiring entrepreneurs from the UNM community and the team from ABQid.

Our bootcamps are a quick, two-hour overview of the “Lean Startup” methodology, focused on learning how to use the Business Model Canvas as a visual tool to map out the assumptions you must make about your business, in order to have a guide to go test against those assumptions.

The format is dynamic, with local entrepreneurs/mentors in the room to help translate the theory into practice at each table. Come join us for this fun opportunity to explore your entrepreneurial side and test out the ideas that you’ve been contemplating. Students, faculty and employees of UNM are welcome to attend this free event, but you must register, here.

This is a free event, with refreshments and snacks. Please direct any questions to Webb or Kathleen.


Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association:
Get a front row seat to learn about innovative companies from across New Mexico through creative and fast-paced ‘Shark Tank’ style presentations. Listen in as a group of visiting VCs provides candid feedback to the CEOs. The evening also includes ample networking time to maximize opportunities to visit with seasoned venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and key service providers.

VC Firms include:
Access Venture Partners
Boulder Ventures
Grayhawk Capital
Irongate Capital
Liberty Global
Mercator Partners
Point B Capital
Signal Peak Ventures
Tango/High Country Ventures

August 28, 2014
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Where: Marble Brewery
111 Marble Avenue NW
Albuquerque, NM

The event is free, but you must register:

ABQid Announces Accelerator Teams for 2014

ABQid 2014 Accelerator Teams
ABQid, Inc., is proud to announce the 2014 ABQid Accelerator Class of 2014. The teams selected to the program are guided by outstanding entrepreneurs, ready to take on the rigorous challenge of searching for a scalable business model. The concepts represented below are a starting point for what will undoubtedly shift during the course of the accelerator program as teams discover the path to highly and rapidly scalable markets.
o AttachedApps delivers cloud-based contact and sales management software designed especially for the millions of small and medium-sized businesses that want a simple and efficient way to manage, retain and grow their customers. Our apps are easy to install, use and own — and they work from your mobile, tablet or desktop computer. If your organization needs a better way to work, find us at
o Blackfish, Inc., has created an innovative app distribution platform which addresses the primary issue with apps – discoverability. Our patent pending technology lets mobile apps be found among the millions of apps out there, and therefore makes apps more profitable, which is the bottom line in this multi-billion dollar, fastest-growing sector of software.
o InnoBright presents a disruptive, animation rendering accelerator plug-in that improves rendering speed and removes the noise from existing, commercial Monte Carlo method based rendering software packages to produce photorealistic images in a short time. InnoBright’s plug-in improves rendering time by more than 90%, a huge cost reduction and efficiency improvement for animation studios. Customer benefits include faster rendering, higher availability of rendering farm resources, CPU & GPU support, seamless integration into existing workflow.
o itsums collects images for your latest project and organizes them into a simple sum to save you time and money. Americans spend over a trillion dollars annually on parties, weddings, holiday shopping, travel and home projects and they use pictures and images for inspiration and ideas. itsums brings that special event or home project to life while organizing your budget into one sum.
o NuAira is a ultra-pneumatics company concentrating on mobility solutions for personal, public and military transportation. We are dedicated to bringing low cost renewable energy based mobility to developing countries.
o Nuvos is a universal software development kit (SDK) that allows developers to avoid the pain of having to re-write their applications to support different types of devices. Nuvos will be working with ABQid to open-source key parts of this technology, enabling the exact same code to work seamlessly on billions of smart phones, tablets, laptops, and embedded devices.
o Peptineo offers a fully-enabled nano-based therapeutic delivery platform, with key opportunities in antibiotics and vaccines, that is backed by over $US 10 million in R & D. We will make and we will sell re-formulated therapeutics that take advantage of our delivery platform, which unlike many of our competitors, is based on a material that is generally regarded as safe (GRAS).
o PiFi is a hardware and software cloud platform that makes it easy for parents to manage when, and for how long, their children use the Internet. Children receive academic reinforcement, and parents get the peace of mind that their children are not spending too much time on the Internet. We believe in simplicity.
o Plug.Solar designs, manufactures and distributes the SunPort plug and play solar access point, which delivers solar energy to any electrical outlet, allowing anyone to get solar as a service. The SunPort is a portable, fun, and easy to use smart grid device which affordably provides solar energy through the power grid, simply by plugging in. It uses patent-pending MatchBox technology, which tracks energy consumption and automatically matches it to third party certified solar energy from remotely located grid-tied panels.
o SportXast is a smartphone app that makes it easy to capture goals and touchdowns, to find the best plays of the game and to share amazing plays with friends and family. Its instant replay button helps fans catch incredible highlights. @SportXast,
o ToroFish attracts more students to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by using rewards as incentives. The Company is launching a rewards program that provides points to students in grades Kindergarten through 12 for their involvement in STEM activities both in and out of school. The points may be converted into gift cards that students can use to buy food, clothes, music, or other things.
o Undisclosed Company. A company that has chosen to remain unnamed.

Photos “borrowed” optimistically and with fondness from the Albuquerque Business First.