On Supporting Young Innovators: A talk with Kyle Guin

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Entrepreneurship

Photo Credit: Shutter Bombs When it comes to keeping and attracting young innovators in our state, opportunities are key. Over the last five years, education institutions and leaders in the private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors have been making investments to generate more opportunities, especially in the realm of entrepreneurship. These efforts, like the innovationAcademy at UNM, are beginning to gain …

Education and Employment – Evolving to Bridge the Workforce Gap

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The skills gap has been a topic of conversation in New Mexico for years, if not decades. Yet still we find ourselves trying to find systemic solutions to bridge the gap between the educations our students receive, and the skills demanded by local employers. Bridging the skills gap is complex. It is about growing skills and competencies in K-12. It …

Buy Local, Invest in Our Economy

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Local shops encourage it. It is on signs at farmers markets. The “buy local” message is a call to collectively lift up local businesses. But it isn’t just about “feeling good”. Buying locally has real economic advantages that make us all better off. Over the last decade, a number of researchers and organizations have taken a closer look at how …

How to Reimagine Native Creative Economies

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Photo of artist Rod Velarde, Indigenous Comic Con 2016 The Land of Mañana. It implies an ease of life; one in which you have no cares or worries till tomorrow. It’s a phrase of warmth and sunsets, of living life at a different speed. It’s a beautiful descriptor of New Mexico and by extension, Albuquerque. But over time new narratives …

Top 7 Reasons New Mexico is Perfect for the Space Industry

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We are on the cusp of a new Space Age. The space industry anticipates more advances in the next decades than we have seen since the launch of Sputnik in 1957. The space industry is becoming less sci-fi and more mainstream thanks to a new shift toward direct-to-consumer services. Things like video calls, inflight WiFi, navigation, driverless navigation and weather …

New Mexico’s Rise to Renewable Power Starts Now

Olivia Blog, Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

New Mexico has all the ingredients—geographically, meteorologically and politically—to be a national leader in renewable energy. With more than 300 days of sun a year and a new governor who is especially pro green industry, it’s predicted that New Mexico could reach 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045, if not before. Frederick Esters is dedicated to making that goal a …

First, Fix the Roof

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For many entrepreneurs of color, the first step to owning a business begins long before applying for a business loan. It begins with a roof repair. It begins with a new timing belt. It begins with finding reliable, affordable childcare. The barriers to business ownership for entrepreneurs of color are staggering—and overcoming these obstacles starts before incubators and seed funding—it …

Why Big Organizations Support Small

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Square, CNM, Nusenda are part of a new wave of entrepreneurial support To be successful, a startup needs to be profitable, marketable and scalable. It also needs to be attractive to qualified employees, pay competitively, have solid financial backing and access to liquid capital. Easy, right? The high cost and high risk of startup entrepreneurship is enough to discourage even …

“Nontraditional” Is the New Unstoppable: Mercedes Ortega-Kennedy is ABQ’s Next Big Thing

Olivia Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

Square, CNM, Nusenda are part of a new wave of entrepreneurial support To be successful, a startup needs to be profitable, marketable and scalable. It also needs to be attractive to qualified employees, pay competitively, have solid financial backing and access to liquid capital. Easy, right? The high cost and high risk of startup entrepreneurship is enough to discourage even …

What does it mean to be an ‘ecosystem’ anyway?

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The internet is a web. The interstate is an artery. The economy is an ecosystem. For the human brain, explaining complex ideas with analogy and metaphor helps us relate and understand quickly. In the case of the economic metaphor, however, the imagery not only works to explain the complexity of inputs and outputs, it works literally as well. That is …