Winners of the Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship holding their awards

TVC – Not Stopping at Start-Up

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology

TVC will extend resources to second stage companies The start-up scene in Albuquerque has received a lot of attention in recent years and multi- tiered levels of support from the public, private, and philanthropic sectors have supported steady growth. But what happens when start-ups grow up? Todd Hunter, CFO at Technology Ventures Corporation, has been asking that same question. He …

Three women from WESST

A Piece of the Pie

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

WESST’s vision for the creative economy The creative economy in New Mexico goes back centuries, and the folks at WESST will be some of the first to tell you that it has huge economic potential today. However, potential is not quite enough to help New Mexicans bring home “the bacon”. And that is where Creative PIE, the program that landed …

Gary Oppedahl, Director of the Economic Development Department speaks to crowd at Tractor Brewing

Pedal to the Metal

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

Albuquerque welcomes its sixth business accelerator Two years ago in Albuquerque the word “accelerator” probably conjured images of fast cars and open roads. But those days are numbered as Albuquerque welcomes its sixth business accelerator into a growing entrepreneurship ecosystem. Soon the word “accelerator” will be synonymous with the quickened pace of growing start-ups. The most recent addition to the business accelerator cohort …

Alison Gold, Manager of Leadership Education, Presidio Institute at Presidio Trust

The Case Study

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Education, Talent and Skill Development

Albuquerque’s cross sector leadership featured nationally You know how they say, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?” Well, if the Albuquerque Living Cities Integration Initiative were a human, she’d be blushing. Few know this, but last year Albuquerque Living Cities’ work was featured as a case study in a national course called Introduction to Cross Sector Leadership. The course, offered by the …

Global Ties ABQ members

ABQ Going Global: Building Bridges to the Global Marketplace

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

Global Ties ABQ, previously known as the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors, is dedicated to building bridges between New Mexicans and emerging leaders from around the world. Their international exchange programs, local educational programs, and international community-building activities have brought more than 5,000 international visitors to Albuquerque over the past 30 years. something a little different. The nonprofit will implement …

Man speaking at podium

Civic Tech: Big plans at Albuquerque’s City Accelerator

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Policy Change

In May of 2015, Albuquerque was selected by Living Cities as one of the six U.S. cities to implement a City Accelerator program. This program seeks to inspire innovative methods of creating economic opportunities for low-income populations across the country. Initially, the City Acceler- ator in Albuquerque focused on the business climate for local immigrant entrepreneurs. But in true “listen, …

Immigrant entrepreneurs holding up their certificates for the Emprendedores program

Out of the Shadows

City Alive Business, Education, Talent and Skill Development

Hispano Chamber graduates over 50 immigrant entrepreneurs On October 20th, 2015 the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce held an event to honor 52 immigrant entrepreneurs who had completed their Emprendedores program, a Spanish language entrepreneurship training program that the Chamber introduced last fall. The Emprendedores program–currently taught by CNM Stimulus Center professor Marvin Lozano–is offered in Spanish to immigrant business …

Mayor Richard Berry speaking to two people

All Boats Rise: The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship

City Alive Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The Albuquerque Community Foundation just closed their application period for a new grant, and this one is a little different. The Mayor’s Prize for Entrepreneurship–built out of a partnership between the City of Albuquerque, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Albuquerque Community Foundation–funds nonprofits that are contributing to Albuquerque’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. The prize, which amounts to a total of $200,000.00 this …

Angelo Gonzales, Executive Director of Mission: Graduate

The Chicken and Egg: Mission:Graduate and the Albuquerque Workforce

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

Here is one of those ‘chicken or the egg’ moments: what comes first, a skilled workforce or jobs to employ that workforce? This burning question is at the core of a strong partnership that has developed between Mission: Graduate and the Albuquerque Integration Initiative. Mission: Graduate is a cradle-to-career education partnership that boldly aspires to add 60,000 new college degrees …

Shelle Sanchez speaking to guest

Shelle Sanchez: Continuing the Conversation

City Alive Art, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The members of the Culture of Entrepreneurship and Inclusion table agreed, whether or not Albuquerque ended up being invited into the second phase of the Living Cities Integration Initiative, their members would continue their conversations. Though officially disbanded, “[the table] was an honest representation of the community and its perspectives. It was an interesting place to have these conversations about …