Everybody Has A Role To Play In Reinventing Our City

ABQid News Release
Contact: Kathleen Gardenswartz (505) 681-6791, kat@abqid.com

Everybody Has A Role To Play In Reinventing Our City
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (Apr. 15, 2015) – The upcoming ‘Reinventing Our City 2.0: Growing Albuquerque’s Startup Economy’ event hosted by Albuquerque Business First on April 23rd will explore our city’s efforts to grow a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. A handful of entrepreneurs are lined up to discuss the challenges and rewards of starting a business, including how their environment affects their
experience. While we all stand to benefit when our local companies achieve success, it is not always clear how each of us can help them.
Webb Johnson, Managing Director of ABQid, has witnessed the incredible impact of community members rallying around local startups and believes everyone has a role to play in helping them achieve success. “It
can be as simple as being willing to meet with an entrepreneur, making an introduction, or supporting them on social media” he explained. “We also have community members who share their expertise with local
entrepreneurs by leading a lecture or mentoring during our Office Hours program on Wednesday afternoons,” Johnson continued. He made it clear that you don’t have to fit any Silicon Valley stereotypes in order to make an impact on Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and highlighted a diverse group of ABQid volunteers who are leading the way.
Zach Lerner is one of these amazing volunteers. Zach may not look like your average lawyer, but he has quickly established himself as a local expert in venture law. Despite running a growing law practice, Mr. Lerner regularly makes himself available to local entrepreneurs for consultations during ABQid’s Office Hours program on Wednesday afternoons. Furthermore, he donates his time as prizes for events like
Startup Weekend Women’s Edition. “I truly enjoy helping entrepreneurs navigate legal issues associated with starting a business. From the first time I heard that a local accelerator would be launching in Albuquerque, I knew that I wanted to get involved in some manner,” said Lerner. Joanie Griffin is another community member stepping up to make a difference for local entrepreneurs. A marketing guru, Ms. Griffin was instrumental in the success of ABQid’s recent Ski Lift Pitch Contest in
Taos. The ABQid Ski Lift Pitch Contest provided unparalleled exposure for New Mexico entrepreneurs and was even featured on NPR’s national radio show ‘Marketplace.’ Like Zach, Joanie generously offers her
time to local entrepreneurs seeking guidance and her desire to see Albuquerque’s economy thrive is unmistakable. “Nothing would make me happier than seeing an explosion of successful small businesses in
Albuquerque,” stated Griffin. Valdamir “Vic” Berniklau has been an incredible ally for Albuquerque’s entrepreneurs for some time now.
Vic is a certified SCORE mentor, regular ABQid Office Hours mentor, and retired U.S. Department of Energy executive. He can be found all over town advising local entrepreneurs and he always has a smile
on his face. Inspired to make your own impact on our city’s growing entrepreneurial ecosystem? Join us for the Reinventing Our City 2.0 event on April 23rd from 7:30- 9:30am at the Albuquerque Convention Center to learn how. We can’t wait to meet you.
For more information about ‘Reinventing Our City 2.0: Growing Albuquerque’s Startup Economy’ and to
purchase tickets, visit: http://www.bizjournals.com/albuquerque/event/115931#eventDetails

Scrappy Startup Challenge – V2V edition

Startups! Get ready – ABQid and the New Mexico Technology Council have teamed up create an entrepreneurial pitch competition like none other.

Presenting Scrappy Startups V2V Edition

In coordination with SxSW, we will be awarding passes to V2V ($795 value, each!) to winning teams, as well as door prizes to attendees).

Starting April 9th 2015, applications will open. Please apply HERE.

Round 1 applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, April 24th. Contestants will be be notified May 1st of their selection to present at the event on May 4th.

Once accepted into the first round your company will be added to a live voting page where community members have a chance to choose their favorite scrappy startup! Share the page on social media and the team with the most votes by May 1st 2015 will receive automatic admission to live pitches and a special prize!

On Monday, May 4th, 2015 (5:00 to 7:30pm) 7 to 10 entrepreneurs will present their companies in short 3-minute pitch formats to a panel of venture capitalists/judges in an American Idol/The Voice/ Dancing with the Stars-like format.

Prizes include: Automatic audit entry into ABQid, tickets for winning teams to go to SXSW V2V in Las Vegas, July 19-22, plus much more!

We’ll have special door prizes that include tickets to SXSW V2V, as well!

To apply, click here.
To attend, click here.

Get ready, get scrappy!

“Super Sweet Startup Digs” Contest Winners Announced

ABQid and FatPipe ABQ announced the winners of the “Super Sweet Startup Digs” Contest. Ten winners of the contest will receive free desk space, use of office amenities, mentoring and coaching, as well as other invaluable resources for startups. The companies will be able to use these resources for six months and benefit from the close proximity to other active startups within the Innovation Corridor, in downtown Albuquerque. One lucky winner will receive a professional makeover, featuring a wardrobe gift card from Runway Apparel and spa day by AlluraDerm, plus new professional headshots.

FatPipe ABQ
Brian Stinar, Noventum Custom Software
John Ayala – BuckleDown
Athena Christodoulus
Nicole Taylor – The House Nanny

Raghu Kopalle – InnoBright
Sydney Alfonso – Etkie
Pranav Patel – Hotel Upgrade
Samat Jain – PiFi
Robert Mendez – Big Idea, Little Trailer

Kathleen Gardenswartz, co-owner of the Verge Building and ABQid Director of Marketing & Curriculum stated, “The contest is an opportunity for startup entrepreneurs to be at the center of all the amazing connections going on in Albuquerque’s Innovation Central corridor. We give the winners a space to work, develop their startups and feed o ff the energy of other entrepreneurs in the building.”

Lisa Adkins, FatPipe ABQ Managing Partner said, “We’re very excited to participate in the Super Sweet Startup Digs Contest and offer free space to e ntrepreneurs trying to get their startup off the ground. Entrepreneurs reach their fullest potential in environments where they can feed off the energy, ideas and innovations of like-minded people. FatPipe ABQ’s facility and resources combine to create an environment where businesses can focus on learning, growing, networking – and converting their high-tech concepts into marketplace success. We welcome the inaugural winners of this challenge and look forward to working with you over the coming months.”

Bill Bice, Chairman of ABQid added, “There is nothing I love more than helping an entrepreneur build their dream, and Innovation Central is the place to do it. FatPipe ABQ and the Verge Building, along with Innovate ABQ, CNM STEMulus Center and WESST are all at the heart of Innovation Central in downtown Albuquerque. We’ve created a concentration of startup activity where amazing random collisions occur on a regular basis.”

Runway Apparel and a gracious anonymous donor provided a $350 gift card prize for a budding entrepreneur to “make-over” their wardrobe. AlluraDerm has also contributed a Spa make-over for the lucky entrepreneur. A special announcement featuring the winner of this prize is forthcoming.

ABQid identifies and supports the amazing entrepreneurs that are already in our community, helping them to build great businesses that create jobs. ABQid democratizes entrepreneurship, introducing Lean Startup principles to aspiring and active entrepreneurs while connecting them with the resources they need to be successful. In the process, ABQid identifies the biggest, highest growth opportunities, bringing them into the ABQid Accelerator to drastically increase the likelihood of their success. ABQid is a key element in Albuquerque’s public/private efforts to grow a culture of innovation in the center of the city.

FatPipe ABQ is a place where like-minded people can focus on ideas, not the everyday back-office details of running a business. Our 10,000-square-foot facility, in the sought-after Lofts at Albuquerque High Courtyard, comes ready-made with furniture, multi-media equipment, IT infrastructure, and a 300 MB “fat pipe” to the Internet. We also offer mentoring opportunities and can help connect your business to investors and potential partners. All at an affordable price, with lower rent available in some cases in return for equity. Don’t waste time and energy trying to put these resources together yourself. Instead, tap into FatPipe ABQ.

Verge Fund is an early stage seed fund located in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Verge Fund invests in seed-stage, high-growth ventures in the Southwest. This partnership focuses on opportunities at the earliest stages of their development, even if the business model hasn’t fully been built-out.


Startup Weekend Albuquerque

Startup Weekend returns to Albuquerque – and it’s going to be amazing! Join us during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Albuquerque for our third Startup Weekend and participate in the Global Startup Battle as well. But while you can sign up here (go ahead and do it!) you can also visit the Startup Weekend Albuquerque website for more updated information.

Friday, Nov 21
5:30pm Registration Starts
6:00pm Dinner & Networking
7:00pm Welcome & Speakers
7:15pm Pitches Start
8:30pm Attendees vote for the top ideas
9:15pm Teams start forming and discussing ideas

Saturday, Nov 22
9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
9:30am Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
12:00pm Lunch
1:00pm Call for needs & skills
2:00pm Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
6:30pm Dinner
7:30pm Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
11:59pm Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday, Nov 23
9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
12:00pm Lunch
12:30pm Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
3:00pm Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
4:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Judging & awards
7:00pm Wrapup
8:00pm Go home!

Global Entrepreneurship Week in ABQ!

Global Entrepreneurship Week ABQ
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

This initiative launched in 2008 with 77 countries on board. This November, 140 countries will host Global Entrepreneurship Week, inspiring people everywhere through activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey.

GEW is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.

Check out the wealth of events in Albuquerque during #GEWabq.