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 …

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, …

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 …

Two people sitting in library

Economy, Meet Education

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

To reach the goal of creating 10,000 new, living wage jobs by 2025 we must change the game. Not only do we need more companies to start and grow here, we also have to ensure that Albuquerque has the skilled workforce it needs for these companies to thrive. This is the spot where economic development and education meet. And now, …

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 …

Dr. Gabriel Sanchez

How Do We Ensure Equity and Opportunity for All in Albuquerque?

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Policy Change, Racial Equity, Video

How do we ensure equity and opportunity for all in Albuquerque? Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, UNM Professor, Department of Political Science and Executive Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy interviews with the Integration Initiative, focusing on the question: How do we ensure equity and opportunity, especially in systems that have created historical and systematic barriers to …

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 …

Elspeth Kirkman, BIT

Three Behavioral Barriers To Accessing Capital

City Alive Capital and Financing, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Policy Change

The Co-Op Capital Program is taking the behavioral sciences into account with the support of the Behavioural Insights Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies and What Works Cities. This year, Albuquerque’s Integration Initiative has been lucky to work on honing the Co-op Capital program to best serve its intent with the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), a social purpose company based out of the …