Activando Emprendedores® - Arrowhead's Partnership with Mexico City

Dr. Griselda Martinez, director of Arrowhead Center's Activando Emprendedores (Activating Entrepreneurs) program, has been instrumental in developing an ongoing partnership with the government of Mexico City through Atrévete a Emprender (Dare to Be an Entrepreneur) - which utilizes a Spanish-language entrepreneurship curriculum and business accelerator process developed with Arrowhead Center.

1. Three-month, fast-paced, personalized business acceleration process with the focus on business model development

2. A global perspective in considering possible markets for the participating ventures, aiming at accomplishing profits in the shortest period possible

3. Process started with almost 300+ teams, with first selection being 50 and final

4. Interdisciplinary and inter-institutional teams with participants being students from undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs

5. Initiates possible deal flow of projects to locate in Las Cruces, and move from Las Cruces to the world

The government of Mexico City operates this program in partnership with Mexican universities to recruit the best and brightest aspiring entrepreneurs through a public call for participation. This program, in its second year, has expanded its partnership from four public universities to include eight public and private universities in Mexico. Team projects in the 2016-2017 cohort come from all disciplines, including such varied ideas as online education platforms, agricultural innovations, and prosthetic health advancements. Describing the quality of the student entrepreneurs, Martinez said "I feel like I am speaking with Ph.D.s in these areas of research. That is the level of intelligence of these students."

Arrowhead in Review

Entrepreneur Encounters

On February 13th, Arrowhead Center hosted the first Entrepreneur Encounters speaker event of the year. February's featured a panel of student entrepreneurs who have worked with Arrowhead Center to develop their businesses. The students shared stories about lessons learned through the startup process, discoveries and challenges they have encountered along their business journeys, and how Arrowhead programs have helped them develop skills to launch their business. Entrepreneur Encounters is a monthly speaker series sponsored by Sidel Technologies. The students featured were Mariel Vargas of TimerGlove, James Owen of Super Trikes, Lucero Rubio and Emeli Novelo of NoRu, and Alex Gorsuch of FieldMMAK. You can watch the archived video of the presentations on the Studio G Facebook page.

Navajo Tech University Campus Visit

Arrowhead Center hosted representatives from Navajo Tech University (NTU) to share information about Arrowhead's business development program and the regional ecosystem that supports entrepreneurship. The representatives from NTU were given an overview of Arrowhead programs, met with Arrowhead staff and students, and visited the FabLab Maker Space in El Paso. Arrowhead Center is partnering with NTU to assist with the development of entrepreneurial programs at their campus.

NMSU's Arrowhead Center launches TechSprint accelerator for NM startups

Arrowhead Center, the economic development engine at New Mexico State University, has launched a new Arrowhead StartupSprint aimed at all New Mexico tech startups, regardless of their affiliation with the university. StartupSprints support growth-driven companies through education, mentorship, and financing in a short period, cohort-based setting. Funded by a gift from NM Gas Company, TechSprint is now accepting applications for its spring 2017 cohort, which will begin in late March. TechSprint is designed to test the feasibility of a business idea, with a goal to accelerate New Mexico technology startups to drive economic growth. Through TechSprint, teams will receive mentorship, coaching and $2,000 in participant support.

NMSU engineering prof nabs $500,000 NSF Career award

An assistant professor in the Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at New Mexico State University, Wei Tang has received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career award, which is a five-year, $500,000 grant.

"I feel grateful to have my collaborators," he said. "The proposed ideas, preliminary results and research methods mentioned in the proposal come from various collaborations at NMSU. For example, in our department, I have more than 10 collaborators writing proposals or papers with me and I learned a lot from them. I also have other research collaborators in the departments of biology, computer science, mechanical engineering, Arrowhead Center and the College of Engineering at NMSU who supported me during developing this career proposal. Without their help, I would not have received this award. This award really belongs to our research community."

DACC & Virgin Galactic team up to explore virtual reality

This spring, DACC students will take a space flight and learn aerospace fundamentals in a Virtual Reality environment.Doña Ana Community College and Aerospace innovators Virgin Galactic have announced an exciting collaborative education and outreach research project. The core idea will be to work and learn together, exploring the newest technologies and possible uses of VR in research, education, business, and career technical education.

"Our students and instructors are pleased and honored to work with Virgin Galactic on this exciting initiative," said Matt Byrnes, DACC Creative Media technology director. "Thanks to Dr. Kevin Boberg, vice president of Economic Development for the New Mexico State University Arrowhead Business and Research Park and Wayne Savage of Arrowhead Center for helping this collaboration take place."


Arrowhead is the nexus of innovation and entrepreneurial energy in southern New Mexico! Engage with us this year through our wide array of community outreach events and opportunities:

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Arrowhead Center's Innoventure Program offers a suite of entrepreneurial curriculum for students grades K-12. Thanks to support from the Daniels Fund we have expanded our presence across the state of New Mexico.

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