CNM’s IGNITE Accelerator Grads to Showcase Businesses to Community Friday

May 16, 2017 -- The fifth cohort of entrepreneurs to participate in CNM Ingenuity’s IGNITE Community Accelerator will celebrate the conclusion of an intensive 10-week program by pitching their companies and demonstrating their products to the community on IGNITE Day. IGNITE Day takes place on Friday, May 19, from 3-5 p.m. on CNM’s Main Campus in the Student Resource Center (SRC), Richard Barr Boardroom.
May 16, 2017

The event is free and open to the public.

The IGNITE Community Accelerator, which is operated at CNM’s STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque, is an entrepreneurial accelerator that helps young businesses grow up fast.

Owners of the 10 early-stage companies participating in the accelerator met every Friday for the previous 10 weeks and were immersed in a vigorous and focused “boot camp” environment filled with curriculum on how to develop prototypes and business models, customer validation, marketing and financial literacy.

The 10 companies were selected from a competitive field of applicants by an Entrepreneurial Advisory Committee made up of local entrepreneurs. To be chosen for the IGNITE Community Accelerator, the companies had to demonstrate potential economic impact on New Mexico. The committee looked for compatibility among the group and how the companies could contribute to each other’s success.

Each company was paired with a business coach who has entrepreneurial experience in a similar field, as well as community members who are successfully running a business, also in a related field.

IGNITE Community Accelerator services included: 30 hours of one-on-one business coaching; 48 hours of intense business training; access to co-working space at the STEMulus Center in Downtown Albuquerque throughout the 10-week program; access to CNM’s FUSE MakerSpace to help with prototype development if needed; support in developing a 100-day tactical plan for the business after the Accelerator is over; and additional coaching after the 10-week program to help with implementation of the 100-day tactical plan.

The businesses and their owners that will be showcased on IGNITE Day are:

  • Chef India, Sulekha Krishnan, Trupthi Panickor: Authentic South Indian cuisine for company, corporate and social catering, prepared meals to go, and cooking classes.
  • Chispas Performance Solutions, Crista Benavidez: Bilingual professional development services company, specializing in effective communication strategies through workshops and individual and team coaching.
  • Doolby Mobile Phlebotomy, Charlyn Hudson: Providing convenient blood draws by a certified phlebotomist in the convenience of your home or workplace.
  • Daring Existence, Presten Vejil: The company offers innovative and high-quality hand-crafted art inspired by New Mexico-themed products and places.
  • Enchanted Equine Adventures, Kendra Loring: Partnering people with horses to benefit stress management and self-confidence while reducing anxiety and depression through therapeutic riding.
  • Modern Apprentice Knowledge Enterprises, Inc., Tanda Headrick: Creating hands-on learning environments and curriculum to acquire STEM skills in a real world industry/manufacturing context. Our product is knowledge – we deliver it through experience.
  • Opari, Ximena Arya-Fischel: Online wellness and yoga program to motivate and inspire healthful living through daily sessions, retreats and quarterly gift baskets.
  • Organic Maids, Marko Esparza: All natural, all organic cleaning service for inside and outside your home.
  • Wellwind Media, LLC, Babajide Orisabiyi: Production company of documentaries, movies and animation features offering services to other film makers and video producers.
  • White Fish, Yu Peh: Information technology company providing QT Panel, a solution that securely stores and charges mobile devices. QT Panel can be used in business conference rooms, restaurants, and homes.