New Mexico entrepreneurs now have access to several startup accelerators. Each of the accelerators offers a different experience and curriculum as well as different benefits, and each targets a different set of entrepreneurs. Join us on July 23 at Isotopes Stadium to learn about the accelerator options available here in New Mexico. We will hear from representatives from ABQid, Creative Startups and CNM Ignite as well as entrepreneurs who have participated in some of these programs. This will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the requirements and benefits and to network with startups who have been through the experience, those running the accelerators as well as investors interested in NM startups. Hope to see you at Isotopes Park!
Yasine Armstrong (moderator)
Director of STEMulus Initiatives, CNM STEMulus Center
Yasine Armstrong currently serves as the Direct of STEMulus Initiatives for the CNM STEMulus Center and runs the IGNITE Community Accelerator, the FUSE Makerspace and other entrepreneurial programs. She has over 10 years of experience in strategic marketing, communications, and company building. Most recently she ran her own marketing and communications consulting firm focused on helping early stage companies accelerate their growth. Prior to that, she was an Associate at Flywheel Ventures where she handled entrepreneur outreach and investment opportunity generation for the firm. She holds a B.S. from Truman State University and an M.S. in Communications from the University of New Mexico.
ABQid Marketing and Curriculum Director
Kathleen Gardenswartz has over 20 years experience providing strategic marketing direction to organizations in consumer products, retail, telecommunications, digital media and accelerator programs. Kathleen leads the ABQid marketing and curriculum initiatives for the accelerator program, which is aimed at facilitating the development and funding of local high-growth startups and is part of a larger vision to develop Albuquerque’s startup ecosystem to drive our economy forward. Kathleen has developed an immersive 12-week curriculum built around the Lean Startup methodology and the evolving lessons learned from leading accelerators around the world.
Kathleen and her husband are partners in The Verge Building, an incubator space for technology startups in Albuquerque’s downtown Innovation district, and home to the Verge Fund. Kathleen is co-founder of Surefi.com, a company bringing 21st-century analytics to local shopping locations.
Kathleen earned her B.B.A. in Marketing from UNM’s Anderson School of Management and her A.A. in Interior Design from Parsons School of Design.
Director of Programs, Creative Startups
Roxanne Blair is an experienced project manager in the areas of business and community-based economic development. She has worked in Brazil as a Fellow with the U.S. Department of Education’s Foreign Language and Area Studies Program and in economic development with Los Alamos National Laboratory Technology Transfer Division. Roxanne a graduate of the Masters in Latin American studies program at the University of New Mexico, studying international management and community and regional planning. She has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in political science.
Senior Associate, Water Program, Village Capital; VP Business Development, New Mexico Angels, Inc.
Dorian Rader is the Senior Associate for the Water Program at Village Capital. An experienced water entrepreneur herself, Dorian has launched six high-tech companies and is working with Village Capital to lead the 2015 Water Accelerator Program in Albuquerque, Houston and Fort Collins. With a background in marketing and operations, she has a proven track record of taking companies from idea to industry, while ensuring the formation of a stable corporate infrastructure. She has worked with the University of New Mexico patent office, is a VP for the New Mexico Angels, is a co-founder of New Mexico Start-Up Factory and owns her own consulting firm, Mc6 & Associates. She has a BA from the University of New Mexico in Entrepreneurial Studies.
Date: July 23, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Isotopes Park
1601 Avenida Cesar Chavez SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106