InnovationAcademy

Lobo Labs: A New Course for Student Entrepreneurs

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

  One of the goals of the innovationAcademy is to change the way UNM teaches based on the way students learn. Its curriculum is centered on experiential, in-the-field training that cuts across disciplines and breaks out of the classroom, placing students in contact with established businesses and entrepreneurs. The innovationAcademy rounded out its first year with over 420 students in …

Lobo Rainforest

A Rainforest in the Desert

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Talent and Skill Development

The Lobo Rainforest building will have its grand opening this month. The name—inspired by the idea of a biome—is a symbol and hope of what is to come to Albuquerque. Ecosystem is a common metaphor used to describe the conditions in which businesses start and grow. And the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Albuquerque is expanding this month with the opening of …

Lisa Adkins

Technology Commercialization: Can it be easy?

Lisa Adkins Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

The potential to create startups from the research and technology we have sitting right here in our backyard is too big of an opportunity to overlook. A few years ago, after City Alive’s planning year, poet Hakim Bellamy wrote, “There’s a city inside me, and it’s alive.” I couldn’t have said it better. Our work and our city are living, …

Molino Project Launches Its Pilot

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Data, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Talent and Skill Development

City Alive’s Molino Project is launching its pilot project focused on increasing connections across Albuquerque’s business support agencies. Streamlining the process for entrepreneurs who are starting or scaling up a business has been on our minds since we got started in 2014. Over the last three years we have been working with partners to identify areas where City Alive could …

Hakim Bellamy Reading Poem City Alive

The Story of City Alive

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development, Technology Commercialization

City Alive, a name inspired by poet and entrepreneur Hakim Bellamy, represents growth in Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative; with an eye to the past, we are working toward a future with opportunity for all in Albuquerque who seek it. From when it was first spoken to a room of over a hundred volunteers who worked tirelessly to set our course to …

Three attendees at the Buy Local job fair

First “Buy Local” Joint Procurement Fair

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

“Buy Local” Joint Procurement Fair attended by over 200 local business owners and employees to learn about work with Albuquerque anchor institutions. To kick off Small Business Week, Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative, alongside the City of Albuquerque, the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque Public Schools, Central New Mexico Community College and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of …

Robin Brulé speaking at HUD Secretary's Award ceremony

National Award Received by Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

On April 25, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) announced that Nusenda Foundation and City Alive, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative, were among 10 winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. This award is a huge honor, celebrating the power of partnership and exceptional organizations that are laying a strong …

Data Check-In: Here’s Where ABQ Stands

abqlcadmin Capital and Financing, Co-Op Capital, Connecting People and Places, Data, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development, Technology Commercialization

Since 2013, Albuquerque’s Living Cities Integration Initiative has been working on creating more jobs and prosperity in Albuquerque, from the ground up. Here’s where Albuquerque stands. The Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative is focused on collecting and reviewing three different types of data: long-term outcomes focused on wide-spread job creation and economic mobility, medium-term outcomes focused on growing businesses, and …

Two people at technology showcase

New Mexico Ranks Number One For Science and Tech…

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Technology Commercialization

New Mexico leads the nation in science and technology assets, and bringing that technology to markets is one of the keys to economic growth in our state. Lisa Kuttula, president and CEO of STC.UNM–UNM’s technology transfer and economic development arm–talks about how we can better connect to the wealth of laboratory and research resources available thoruhgout New Mexico. Filmed at …

Emprendedores graduates

ABQ Program For Immigrant Entrepreneurs Receives National Funding

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s Emprendedores Program receives national funding. The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce’s nationally recognized entrepreneurial training course, Emprendedores, was awarded funding this year from the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank. The Emprendedores program, which kicked off in 2014, was the first of its kind in the state. Emprendedores focuses on …