Rob DelCampo of Innovation Academy at desk

On Being Innovative

City Alive Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development

Many will say that higher education is based on systems that don’t provide the most inspiring experiences for students. But the University of New Mexico’s new Innovation Academy is taking a step outside of the often mechanical mindset that prevails in higher education. The man behind the monkey wrench? No other than Rob DelCampo, former Associate Dean of the UNM …

The Cinco Amigos of Concours du Soleil

Cross-sector Collaboration and “Driving to the Future”

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Technology

Recent research by the Federal Reserve Bank shows the most deciding factor in revitalizing cities is the ability for leaders to work across sectors over a sustained period of time with a comprehensive vision. The Albuquerque Community Foundation’s pivot with their Concours du Soleil fundraiser last year is a testament to the success of this approach. Here’s the story: The …

Two men picking lettuce in a greenhouse

Apps and Oranges: Parallels in the Seemingly Unalike

City Alive Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

Upon first glance, Joseph Alfaro and Lisa Abeyta wouldn’t appear to have a whole lot in common. Joseph is from the South Valley of Albuquerque. He’s often a little dusty, with a healthy tan and work-worn hands from the early morning maintenance of his farm. Lisa, on the other hand, wears a business suit and when not out building bridges …

Picture of the Brothers Alvarez

The Refreshing Qualities of the Brothers Alvarez

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

Pop Fizz is one of the most colorful paleterías to ever grace Albuquerque’s scene. Lorenzo and Carlos Alvarez started the business in 2013, opening up shop on the threshold of the South Valley. Carlos always wanted to own a business. He’d gone to school for it, but prior to Pop Fizz, he found himself working for a technologies company. Similarly, …

Picture of Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

Behind the Scenes, Ahead of the Times: Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

She’s camera shy. That’s about as shy as Arellana Cordero gets. Though her father, Frank Barela, started Cocina Azul in 2009, Arellana has boldly made it what it is today. Her strengths? Day- to-day operations, marketing, organizing, policies and procedures. She emits audacity and cool composure. Arellana and her family have been called ‘serial entrepreneurs’; they’ve had insurance agencies, moving …