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Innovation Academy

UNM Rainforest Innovations Receives CARES Act Grant to Expand EDA University Center

UNM Rainforest Innovations (formerly STC.UNM), the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization, announced that it has received a $300,000 CARE Act Recovery Assistance grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The grant will help expand current business support through technical assistance, online courses and seminars, and virtual mentoring to help respond to the unusual and compelling urgency of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cornoavirus Aid, …Read More

New Mexico Small Business Recovery Course Offered by UNM’s Innovation Academy and STC.UNM

During this time of economic uncertainty, many small New Mexico businesses need to build or grow their online presence to help offset the decline of in-person shopping. The University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy and STC.UNM are offering a special course again starting on June 1, 2020 called NM Small Business Recovery: Take and Expand your Business Online – Part 1. Businesses will learn e-commerce techniques such as developing a …Read More

Lobo Rainforest virtual pitch competition winners announced

UNM students earn seed funding for business ideas despite social distancing  April 29, 2020 No first-round feedback, no live finals, and no meetings with mentors and pitch coaches didn’t stop UNM students from submitting 41 ideas to the Spring 2020 Lobo Rainforest Pitch Competition. This year the competition was completely virtual, and students were given one chance to submit a 90-second pitch to be judged by industry leaders. The results …Read More

New Mexico Small Business Recovery: Take and Expand your Business Online

The University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy and STC.UNM are offering a special course to help New Mexico businesses at this critical time for our state’s economic recovery. This is made possible thru a grant from the Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration called the NM EDA Rainforest University Center. During this time of economic uncertainty, many New Mexico small businesses need to build or increase their online presence to …Read More

Student entrepreneurs make a pitch for music stand business

University resources help student business owners market their product By Mary Beth King February 26, 2020 Tim Mallette, a University of New Mexico graduate student working on a master’s degree in music performance for trumpet, bought a great music stand a few years ago. He liked the product so much that he and his wife Tracy, a Ph.D. student in biomedical engineering, bought the business that made the stands. Now they’re …Read More

UNM HSC Health Hackathon now accepting applications

Event planned for Feb. 21-23 By Kim Delker January 07, 2020 The University of New Mexico-Health Sciences Center Health Hackathon, an opportunity for both novice and experienced inventors to use their skills and creativity to develop innovative healthcare solutions, will be held Feb. 21-23 on the UNM campus. The second annual event — where teams pitch healthcare problems and then form teams to develop solutions — will be held at …Read More

UNM I-Corps Site Program Trains Fifth Cohort Class

A group of entrepreneurially-minded faculty and students recently completed training through the University of New Mexico’s I-Corps site program. On November 25, 16 commercialization teams gave final presentations to program mentors, experienced entrepreneurs and investors, who gave the participants valuable feedback to help them take their inventions to the next level of development for funding, startup and licensing opportunities. The University of New Mexico became an I-Corps (Innovation Corps) site …Read More

Comcast Pitch Deck Competition a Success for Young Entrepreneurs

Albuquerque – December 3, 2019.  During an inspiring night at the Lobo Rainforest Building in downtown Albuquerque, five student entrepreneur teams went head to head and pitched their big ideas to an audience of business leaders, entrepreneurs and enthusiastic supporters. The Comcast Pitch Deck Competition was co-hosted by STC.UNM and the UNM Innovation Academy, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization and entrepreneurial studies program. Sponsored by Comcast …Read More

New Competition Opportunity for Student Entrepreneurs to Pitch to the Next Level

Albuquerque – November 25, 2019 – On December 2, New Mexico’s university students will have a new opportunity to compete for prize money to fund their early-stage, promising business ventures. STC.UNM and the UNM Innovation Academy will co-host the Comcast Pitch Deck Competition. This year, Comcast and Nusenda Credit Union will sponsor this platform for student entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations and hone their pitching skills in front of investors. …Read More

Fall Rainforest Pitch Competition Tenth Event Draws Big Crowd

A big crowd of enthusiastic supporters gathered at Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. on October 28 to cheer on brave students from UNM and NMSU who pitched their ideas and technologies for a chance to win money and other prizes from $5,000 prize pool.  The event, co-hosted by the UNM Innovation Academy and STC, is the tenth Rainforest Pitch Competition held since 2015, cumulatively spinning out an impressive 22 student …Read More