A series of three contest drawings is bringing entrepreneurs from outside New Mexico to visit Albuquerque, tour Innovation Central, and meet business and government leaders as soon as next week. Names entered in the contest were contacts made by the City of...read more
I Have an Idea but Don’t Know Who to Talk With
Being clueless about what to do next just means that you still have every opportunity available to you. This is an exciting time, but a little direction would be nice. Innovation Central understands that and can help you make the connections to keep you moving forward.
Need financial advice? Got it.
Liability concerns? Lawyers can help.
Just want a few ears to listen and then guide you? No problem.
Feeling calmer yet? It takes a lot more than a just a good idea to start a successful business.
We help startup founders who have a business idea, and:
- Want to explore the idea in a confidential environment
- Want to know where to start and who to talk to
- Want to assess the feasibility of their idea
- Want to put the right foundations in place for their business
- Want to build a business plan for the new business and to be able to share the plan with funders, service providers and other stakeholders
- Want help to understand legal obligations
- Don’t want to make easily avoidable mistakes
You have come to right place, Albuquerque Innovation Central has a startup business idea mentoring eco system setup and designed to help foster and advise people with startup business ideas, from ideation to execution. We are here to help founders start and run your company like a seasoned entrepreneur. Incorporation, accounting, legal, and financial tools and services designed by experts to help you from incorporation to exit.
Our mentors with experience in business start-ups offer guidance and advice, can act as sounding board, play devil’s advocate and test your thinking, help you to validate the market and customer need for idea and even support you in the development of a thorough business plan.
1 Million Cups
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world.
Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their startups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors, and entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial Office Hours
Service providers answer your questions about business, finance, legal issues, etc. Come and get answers from serial entrepreneurs and business professionals on how to build a successful startup business. Brainstorm ideas and learn more about resources available to local entrepreneurs. This is the perfect opportunity to receive free advice from these seasoned experts.
Entrepreneurial Happy Hour
Truly a watering hole for entrepreneurs of all strokes, this monthly gathering is set in an environment in which to learn, connect and relax. Each month has a different theme. Past topics include failing and passion projects. Sponsored by New Mexico Tech Council.
Impact and Coffee
A mixer where nonprofit leaders, volunteers, board members, funders, and people who want to find their place in our social impact community come to have a cup of coffee, hear about new social profit ventures in a 6-minute presentation format, and join in some great conversation to help each other make a positive impact in New Mexico.
Starting or Moving Your Business
In this metropolitan area of nearly 1million people, business and city leaders remain as accessible as those in a one-light town and take a genuine interest in connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. Whether taking the first steps to launching a business in Albuquerque or figuring out how to move an existing one, here are some places to begin:
Starting a business in Albuquerque:
City of Albuquerque Economic Development Department
Moving or expanding your business, and locating office space or property:
Albuquerque Economic Development
Demographics and community data
State programs and resources
Albuquerque is an affordable alternative to established tech havens like Silicon Valley, Boston, San Francisco and New York. Real estate and labor prices are more affordable, allowing entrepreneurs to bootstrap more effectively while launching their companies. The average home price is $185,200 and home prices have appreciated by 9.1% over the past year.1 There also low cost living options for young college grad tech startup workers with a median rent price of $1,200.
You know your business or startup idea is one in a million, which is why you can’t risk being viewed as just another number in a crowd of entrepreneurs. Getting acknowledged and getting help from the right people, at the right time, is critical. Albuquerque makes it easy. Albuquerque lies at the center of the New Mexico Technology Corridor, a concentration of high-tech private companies and government institutions along the Rio Grande. The city is home to a number of attendant contracting companies, Sandia National Laboratories and Kirtland Air Force Base. It is home to University of New Mexico, National American University, Trinity Southwest University of which the strength of the universities turning out well-educated graduates with strong tech backgrounds, is contributing to the emerging growth of the local startup scene.
Entrepreneurship restores creativity to the soul of the global economy. Across all industries – high tech, defense, clean-tech, social impact, retail, and life sciences – startups are transforming people’s lives.
NM Small Business Assistance: The New Mexico Small Business Assistance (NMSBA) Program allows New Mexico small businesses facing a technical challenge to access the unique expertise and capabilities of Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories. At no cost to the business, small businesses with a technical challenge can seek assistance from lab scientists or engineers for projects that require testing, design consultation and access to special equipment or facilities. http://www.nmsbaprogram.org
Albuquerque Stats at a Glance
Metro Population: 907,100
Major Industries: Technology, Defense
Gross Metro Product: $40.8 B
Median Household Income: $48,981
Median Home Price: $187,100
House Price Change: 9.1% appreciation last 12 months
Cost of Living: 2.7% below nat'l avg
Innovation is breaking ground in Albuquerque
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The University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy has ignited a groundswell of student entrepreneurship in Albuquerque, much more so than UNM officials ever imagined when they launched the program in fall 2015. As of June 1, nearly 600 students had signed up to...read more
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Central New Mexico Community College is launching a commercial software development business in Downtown Albuquerque. The new startup, Ingenuity Software Labs Inc., will begin operations on July 1 as a for-profit, spin-out business created by CNM Ingenuity, a...read more
CivNet, an Albuquerque startup with a new online platform for community organizing, is one of 12 companies nationwide selected to participate in Matter Ventures’ five-month accelerator in San Francisco and New York. The Matter accelerator, which launched in...read more
Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation has won the Sister Cities International 2017 Innovation Award for Economic Development for a city with a population over 500,001. The award recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs...read more
When representatives from leading cities that have established model entrepreneurial ecosystems join for an inaugural forum in Kansas City next week, Albuquerque will be among them. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, which, in part, works to advance...read more
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