Scrappy Startups V2V Judges Announced

Albuquerque, NM

ABQid and the New Mexico Technology Council announce judges for Scrappy Startups V2V Edition.

“We’re supremely proud to announce an amazing line-up of judges for the upcoming Scrappy Startup V2V edition, national in scope and caliber” effused Webb Johnson, Managing Director of ABQid. The judges announced include Manolo Espinosa, VP of Soundcloud the world’s leading audio platform, Joanne Lang of, the world’s only household management platform, Lori Upham, Chairman and COO of CureDM, a biopharmaceutical company established to develop new therapies that may prevent, ameliorate or reverse diabetes and allow for the discontinuation of insulin, and John McDermott, former CIO of Xerox and serial startup entrepreneur. Both organizations expressed their excitement on having these judges participate in the event scheduled on May 4th. They launched a domain to recruit applicants and attendees at, with prize announcements pending.

Manolo Espinosa – San Francisco
Manolo Espinosa is the Vice President of Platform at SoundCloud, the world’s leading audio platform. In this capacity, Manolo is responsible for SoundCloud’s API toolset, global developer evangelism, and integration with platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Google and Apple. Prior to SoundCloud, Manolo was co-founder of IndexTank, a real-time, hosted search engine acquired by LinkedIn. Manolo holds degrees from Amherst College and Harvard University.

Joanne Lang – Philadelphia
Joanne Lang is the founder of, the world’s only household management platform, and the smart, secure solution for managing family in the cloud. AboutOne’s suite of apps makes it easy to manage the family calendar, along with memories and household paperwork – at home or on-the-go. A former SAP cloud technology specialist, Joanne is the mom of four boys and one of Forbes Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch. She writes and speaks regularly on leveraging technology to simplify life and prepare for the future, and has raised over $5M in seed and series A funding since launching at VentureBeat DEMO. She is one of the 3% of women in tech who have raised capital in the US and was featured in Microsoft’s documentary, CTRL+ALT+COMPETE.

Loraine V. Upham – Albuquerque, NM
Loraine V. Upham, Lori serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Operating Officer at CureDM, Inc. Ms. Upham served as Chief Executive and President of CureDM, Inc. She has 26 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. A diverse and highly regarded career including the Molecular Genetics Research Department at Eli Lilly and Company, Merck and Co., Product Manager and Project Team Leader at Packard BioScience, Lori’s expansive work on diabetes led to the founding of CureDM. Playing key roles in both process development engineering and business development at Prolexys Pharmaceuticals (a spin-off of Myriad Genetics) provided critical exposure in the field of human proteomic biology that ultimately formed the basis for the CureDM discovery platform and the identification of the Human proIslet Peptide. As the Founding Chief Executive Officer of CureDM, she successfully obtained start up financing and engineered partnerships to conduct basic research and establish the preclinical proof of concept for HIP, which allowed progression into preclinical development. She has been a key and integral part in every facet of CureDM’s business, science and technology. Ms. Upham holds a BA in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Arizona State University.

John McDermott – Santa Fe, NM
John serves as an advisor and investor in information technology start-ups and growth phase companies. He started several small, but highly successful companies before he obtained his MBA from Yale University.
John’s ten year career at Xerox culminated as CIO, where he contributed extensively to business simplification and system rationalization initiatives, during a period of dramatic turn-around at the company. Prior to Xerox he was a partner at Marakon Associates, a management consulting firm where he provided business strategy, operations improvement and organizational design, primarily in the technology and telecommunications industries. He was deeply involved in the business turnaround at IBM, an experience that has informed and guided much of his subsequent career. John serves the State of New Mexico as Chairman of the New Mexico Finance Authority and serves as a Board Member of ABQid, New Mexico’s leading start-up accelerator and seed investment firm.


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.

#InflectionWeek – Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Albuquerque

business growth_0There’s a swell of entrepreneurial innovation set to kick off in Albuquerque next week, signaling a critical inflection point, with multiple catalyzing events taking place, all designed to build momentum in our constantly growing and rapidly evolving local startup ecosystem.

August 5th, ABQid will announce the 2014 teams selected for the accelerator program. We are thrilled to be working with this amazing group of startups and to help them on their journey to becoming the next big thing in the business world.

It feels electric downtown, supercharged by the entrepreneurial passion of our community with programs and events that are giving shape to the unlimited possibilities for local entrepreneurs. It’s critical that we all democratize the entrepreneurial process and get the entire community involved in these efforts.

Anyone can participate in these entrepreneurial events; find local resources to help develop ideas and build sustainable businesses set for growth. All the events next week are designed for our community, so take part and get involved in our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Lets all work together to make something amazing happen for our community.

Want to be a part Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial Inflection Week? Click here, to see many of the events going on downtown.

ABQid Annouces call for Accelerator Applications


Wednesday, June 11th, Albuquerque, New Mexico, ABQid, Inc., (, an accelerator for high-growth and technology startups in Albuquerque, NM announced today that it is taking applications for it’s Accelerator program, starting August 4th.

Teams accepted into the program (up to ten teams will be selected) receive $20,000 in initial financing in exchange for 6% equity in their company. They also receive office resources in the ABQid Accelerator facility for up to 11 months, as well as access to a diverse mentor network of entrepreneurs, mentors, coaches, technologists, product builders and investors. In addition, ABQid will be applying for membership with the Global Accelerator Network (GAN), an alliance created by TechStars as part of the Startup America Initiative. Through our prospective GAN affiliation, ABQid offers startups accepted into the program amazing resources, amounting to nearly $100,000 in free perks from over 15 of the best vendors in the world, including Microsoft, Softlayer, Rackspace, PayPal and more.

The Global Accelerator Network includes many of the strongest and most successful independent startup accelerators from across the US and around the world.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the open call for application to our ABQid Accelerator program,” says Bill Bice, Board President of ABQid. “The biggest challenge for any early-stage company is customer traction. Through our customer validation processes (the curriculum for the accelerator program, developed by Steve Blank), an amazing network of world-class mentors and peers with relationships across the planet, and the outstanding support of an organization like GAN, we will local startups the BEST chance at being successful.”

For more information on ABQid, Inc., the Accelerator program and the call for applications, please visit or


CNM collaborates with ABQid to teach students how to Kick-start their Business Idea!

by Tom Darling, CNM

On April 22nd, on the main campus of Central New Mexico Community College, a new step was taken in the development of the economic development of Albuquerque. Over 70 people attended a two hour boot camp titled “Kick-start your Start Up” to learn a new way of getting their business idea on to one page, in a way to validate their product, idea, and concept with the customer in mind. Students and community members were paired with local entrepreneurs, business owners and venture capitalists to work through their innovative business ideas in order to get them one step closer to reality. Earlier this Spring Central New Mexico Community College announced to the Albuquerque Economic Development community that we were opening the STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque within the new Innovation District to help stimulate and grow the local business community. This center will provide students and community members the opportunity to develop businesses, learn much needed skills for the ever growing workforce needs of the city, develop product prototypes, and grow their businesses. CNM partnered this Spring with ABQid to develop the Kick-Start your Start Up boot camp to introduce budding entrepreneurs to the concept of the Business Model Canvas method of business development with the intent to spread the concept throughout the city. As a result of the event on April 22nd, many of the attendees also participated in the 2014 Start-up weekend event hosted at the CNM main campus. CNM has committed to working with the ever growing economic development community of Albuquerque to help foster innovation and new business development in a way that brings together the community to grow new businesses in the city. We look forward to working with ABQid and the City of Albuquerque to make great strides in strengthening the economy of central New Mexico and securing our economic future!