“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 …

Closing the Gaps in the New Year

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

When we embarked on this experiment in collective impact nearly five years ago we did not know where the path would lead. We knew Albuquerque was facing some of our toughest economic challenges. We knew there were no simple solutions. We knew that progress toward realizing our city’s full potential as a place to live, work and prosper — for …

PBS NewsHour Says New Mexico Is “Down In The Dumps” And The Brain Drain Is To Blame

Thema Blog, Education, Talent and Skill Development

By Robert DelCampo, Ph.D. Executive Director, innovationAcademy, University of New Mexico | March 6, 2018 By Robert DelCampo, Ph.D. Executive Director, innovationAcademy, University of New Mexico | March 6, 2018 By Robert DelCampo, Ph.D. Executive Director, innovationAcademy, University of New Mexico | March 6, 2018 Economics correspondent for PBS NewsHour Paul Solman reported in January on New Mexico’s economy. A …

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 …

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 …

Dr. Gabriel Sanchez

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

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

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 …

Artistic rendition of the future Lobo Rainforest

Second Major Tech Commercialization Entity Confirmed at Innovate ABQ

City Alive Aligned Contributions, Education, Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Technology Commercialization

The Air Force Research Laboratory will be the relocating their Technology Engagement Office to the UNM Rainforest, making it the second major technology commercialization entity to locate at the site. The ground is broken and construction is clamoring to build the UNM Rainforest Building, the first building on the new Innovate ABQ site. And a new tenant of the Rainforest …

Lis Kuuttila

STC.UNM Helps Albuquerque Startups Gain Momentum

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

STC.UNM is playing a crucial role in business, job and wealth creation in Albuquerque. STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development organization, has been around for more than a decade, but according to Lisa Kuuttila, CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer, the past four years have been a time of rapid growth and development – for …

Historic photo of Albuquerque

History and Race in Albuquerque – Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, UNM

City Alive Policy Change, Racial Equity

We spoke with Dr. Gabriel Sanchez, Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico, to gather insights into what unique historical perspectives and demographics Albuquerque must consider when approaching race equity and economic mobility. Gabriel Sanchez, PhD, is a Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and also serves as the Executive Director of the …