Resources for Startups

Startups, entrepreneurial and creative types can turn to a number of resources for idea development, work space, funding and like-minded networking.


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City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department (EDD)

In 2014, the city launched the following programs to support startups and entrepreneurial activity:

ABQid – A venture accelerator where select startups receive training and mentorship

1 Million Cups – A weekly networking event that brings veteran and aspiring businesspeople together to discuss local startup initiatives

Entrepreneurial Office Hours – Business owners and aspiring business owners can bring their questions and visit with Albuquerque Economic Development Director Gary Oppedahl and other veteran entrepreneurs on Wednesday afternoons – A program that aims to engage Albuquerque business leaders in efforts to address community needs and problems

MIX Santa Fe:
MIX is a structure for interaction and collaboration among inspired individuals, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses and organizations. Through monthly events that showcase talent and local resources, and through innovative web tools, social media and micro-stimulus, MIX provides an avenue for networking and the development of ideas, businesses, and projects with corollary opportunities for promotion, recognition and start-up funding.

FUSE Makerspace:
CNM STEMulus Center’s product development and prototyping lab that includes 3D printing, robotics, woodworking, welding, sewing, and screen printing equipment.

Startup New Mexico:
Part of the Startup America Partnership, a national network of startup communities launched in 2011, that aims to bring together high-growth entrepreneurs throughout the state, identify their most pressing needs and begin to address them.

Startup Santa Fe:
A group for Santa Feans interested in startups, entrepreneurialism and networking with like-minded folks. The idea is to stimulate the free flow of entrepreneurial ideas, share stories and information and strengthen community ties that connect creatives and entrepreneurs.

Startup Weekends:
54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

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TEDx Events:

UNM Business Plan Competition:

A real-world challenge where teams present business ideas to compete for startup funding and other prizes in two competitive categories, the Technology Ventures Track (utilizing Intellectual Property) or the Entrepreneurial Ventures Track (generalist, non-IP).

Students across all UNM schools and colleges, including graduate, undergraduate, and alumni who have graduated since January 1, 2008, are eligible to compete.

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