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CATALYSTS FOR CHANGE

Albuquerque is full of ingenuity and discovery, where ideas meet action. Here, you’re encouraged to dream, collaborate and thrive.

Innovation Central

The Albuquerque metro area is celebrating a vibrant evolution in economic development. Learn more about the city’s burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Jump Start Your Business

If you want to start a business, or if you’re a seasoned entrepreneur, then Albuquerque is the place for you! We welcome you with open arms and invite you to be a part of the exciting energy and incredible programs supporting the local startup scene.

Business Incubators & Coworking

  • FatPipe ABQ ​
    FatPipe ABQ is a coworking facility. Bring your vision to life in this collaborative space, working among like-minded people with whom you can share ideas and resources. 
  • BioScience Center ​
    The BioScience Center is the only incubator/accelerator in New Mexico focused on nurturing bioscience and life-science startups. 
  • SINC 
    SINC is a nonprofit startup incubator that supports entrepreneurs launching social impact ventures. 
  • WESST
    The WESST Enterprise Center helps businesses survive and thrive during the critical start-up phase.  This includes workshops, consulting and more. 
  • Keshet Ideas and Innovation Center
    This program supports and strengthens arts entrepreneurs on their path for sustainability by championing the value of the artist and the arts economy.

Business Accelerators

  • ABQid 
    ABQid offers a business accelerator program, bootcamps for entrepreneurs and collaborative sessions called “Idea Hacks.”​ 
  • Creative Startups 
    Founded in 2007, Creative Startups reaches a global audience with workshops, seminars and the Creative Startups Accelerator to build the creative economy.​ 
  • Hautecelerator 
    Hautecelerator helps female entrepreneurs establish the best foundation, revenue models and positioning necessary to accelerate the growth and scale of their business.​ 
  • IGNITE Community Accelerator 
    The IGNITE 12-week program provides entrepreneurs with business skills to move their companies forward, faster.​ 
  • New Mexico Startup Factory 
    This program helps bridge the gap between the research coming out of our national laboratories and the commercialization of technologies.​ 
  • Village Capital 
    Village Capital puts entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and stakeholders side-by-side so they can solve problems together.

Community Events

  • One Million Cups 
    Every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., come meet and hear from local founders of startups, enjoy coffee and connect with resources to help you grow your business. 
  • CreativeMornings 
    The local chapter hosts interesting and relevant meetups that highlight the rich creative community of New Mexico.
  • Impact & Coffee 
    Join in the first three Tuesdays of each month for an open, welcoming exchange of stories and ideas that help strengthen the nonprofit sector. 
  • Mentorship Mondays 
    Anyone who needs support and guidance in their business has an opportunity to be heard and given direction every Monday afternoon. 
  • TAZA: Bilingual Entrepreneurial Networking Events 
    This weekly event at the South Valley Economic Development Center allows local Spanish-speaking business owners to hear from others in the community.

Resources & Spaces

  • Built in New Mexico 
    The grassroots organization showcases the people and companies building great products in New Mexico, and connects local talent with jobs.
  • CNM STEMulus Center 
    From Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps to the Brew School, the STEMulus Center offers a variety of training programs to help people build valuable skills.
  • Innovate ABQ 
    Nicknamed a “rainforest in the desert,” Innovate ABQ is a physical space where researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs thrive.
  • The New Mexico Technology Council 
    NMTC works with businesses, organizations and tech professionals to promote New Mexico’s technology business sector.
  • Verge Fund 
    Verge brings together the best entrepreneurs – as investors, founders, managers and advisors – to develop world-class companies in New Mexico.
  • The Verge Building 
    The Verge Building offers tenants fast, flexible tech office space in the heart of downtown’s Innovation Central district.
  • Rail Yards Market 
    Built in the old rail yard downtown, the Rail Yards Market is open every Sunday and features New Mexico’s finest food, artisans, healing vendors, musicians and more.
  • Quelab 
    Albuquerque’s hackerspace promotes creativity and invention, offering a space to make things at the intersections of science, culture, art and technology.