Startup Weekend ABQ

    Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend ABQ

Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

609 Broadway Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Your idea to business in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday February 22nd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 23rd

7:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:30 am

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:30 pm
Coaching Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 24th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In & AM Coaching Work
AM Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coaching Meetings
PM Coaches arrive… ASK "PITCH" QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Wrap-Up & Go Home!


Trish Lopez
Founder / CEO

Lopez is a veteran film industry professional whose background includes working with executives in Hollywood, managing production teams on the ground and serving elected leaders. As of 2015, she is also the founder and CEO of Teeniors℠, a brand new startup that connects tech-savvy teens with seniors through one-on-one, personal coaching. In less than a year since it's inception, Teeniors has completed the ABQid business accelerator, worked with hundreds of seniors and millennials across Albuquerque, and received multiple new business awards while earning exceptional media coverage. A native New Mexican, global traveler and graduate of UNM, Lopez is deeply involved in social profit causes, having led and served on the board of numerous national and local organizations. Her primary interest is bringing people together of different worlds to inspire change in our communities.

Event Judges

Agnes Noonan
President, WESST

Prior to joining WESST in 1991, Agnes served as a small business consultant in the United States Peace Corp in Costa Rica and as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt. She holds a BA in Political Science from Berea College and a MA in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She has received numerous honors: Top-Performing CEO (2009), Junior Achievement’s New Mexico Business Hall of Fame, (2005); Women of Influence (2005); and New Mexico’s Small Business Advocate of the Year, United Stated Small Business Administration, (1995). Agnes is particularly passionate about personal and business financial literacy. She loves to read and fantasizes about becoming a beach bum.

Coaches and Mentors

Deborah Burns

Deborah Burns is the CEO of investUS llc. An Albuquerque startup, investUS brings private investment funding for NM job creation and investUS is a New Mexico EB-5 regional center.  Prior to investUS, Deborah was an institutional investor in NYC, financial officer of a start-up company that became the largest publicly-traded company in NM, and Chief Lending Officer for a community bank.

David A Naquin

David Naquin, CELab Director, has an MBA from the U of NC at Chapel Hill and 35 years of business management experience that includes senior management, marketing, specialty manufacturing, and economic development. He has run a $30 million company, worked with governments at the community, county and state level to develop economic development plans and worked through solutions to the needs of those agencies. He is a strategic thinker with the ability to drill down to the fundamentals of the planning process and make sure that the high levels of thought have been transferred to the action steps and can be accomplished. Mr. Naquin began working with the CELab in 2015 as contributing member of a planning team. He joined the think tank as a Director in 2017.

Darrell Demotta

Darrell is the co-founder and CEO responsible for Rebellis’s overall performance. He acts as facilitator for the company and is responsible for developing high quality business strategies and plans ensuring their alignment with Rebellis’s short-term and long-term objectives. He manages daily operations for the company and motivates its members to advance team engagement to develop a high performing, competent, satisfied and motivated partners. He works in consort with company operations and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results that are consistent with the overall Rebellis Development Group strategy, vision and mission.​Darrell is a retired veteran from the United States Air Force.  As a qualified Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC), he has completed six combat deployments. Additionally, he has held the following positions: Operations NCOIC, First Sergeant and Squadron Superintendent.  During his military career, Darrell received his Associates Degree in Information Systems Technologies: Community College of the Air Force in 2008, and a B.A.S. in Information Technologies; Wayland Baptist University in 2017.  Currently, Darrell is completing his Masters Degree in Business Administration: Jack Welch Management Institute. He has received professional certifications in Executive Leadership, Change Management, Six Sigma, and Project Management form Syracuse and Cornell University, NY. After retirement, Darrell held positions as a program manager and program director for DoD, DoE (NNSA) and DoI (BIA/BIE) government contracts for IT and Cyber Services as well as Project Management

Lawrence Chavez

Lawrence is an entrepreneur, investor and big fan of startups, entrepreneurs and the people that support them. Lawrence has a bunch of years of experience and is the father of Taylor, chauffeur and gofer for the Teen Startup Weekends and Bootcamps. 

Eliot Stenzel

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with an MBA, Eliot brings his 30 plus years of accounting and audit experience to help you maximize your business.Eliot increasingly makes use of technology to work with you regardless of where you live or your business location.  He uses online tax and quick-books software.He has taught all over the world for the Orlando, Florida based Institute of Internal Auditors, is a Chief Accountant for a software as a service (SaaS) company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, worked as a production controller on 5 motion pictures and helped numerous individuals and companies with their tax obligations.Eliot has instructed accounting and audit staff of the Navajo Nation, the Ministry of Finance Vietnam, the United Nations World Food Program, an oil services company in Suriname, South America,  the Panama Canal Commission, Los Angeles Metro Transit and more.His experience as an auditor in government contracting, the Defense Contract Audit Agency and Los Alamos National Laboratory  can help you win and maintain Prime, Sub, SBIR (small business innovative research) awards with the Defense Department, Department of Energy, NASA and other government agencies. Let him help you use Quick-books to maintain job cost information essential for these awards.

Paul Szauter
CEO of ElectroSeq & Chief Scientific Officer at EquiSeq

Paul Szauter received a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Washington in 1980. He did a postdoc in Molecular Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before a series of academic positions as a Drosophila geneticist. In 2000, he made a career change to join The Jackson Laboratory as a Bioinformatics Professional, where he learned mammalian genomics and bioinformatics. In 2011, he moved to the University of New Mexico as the Diversity Action Plan director for a group of genomic databases supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. In 2014, he entered the private sector in Albuquerque. He founded EquiSeq in 2015 and was part of ABQid's 2015 cohort. EquiSeq develops and sells genetic tests for horses. As Chief Scientific Officer of EquiSeq, he has directed EquiSeq's research program into the causes of an inherited muscle wasting disease in horses. EquiSeq's discoveries have been patented and sublicensed to the Center for Animal Genetics in Germany; another batch of patents will be filed in March 2019. EquiSeq has moved from concepts on a whiteboard through scientific discovery to commercialization. The company is currently valued at over $4,000,000

Travis Kellerman

Travis builds and scales organizations in the New Economy.  He is an advisor to the fast-growing Descartes Labs and an assortment of early-stage startups. His writing and futurism calls on a decade of experience as a tech founder and executive to create adaptive philosophy and strategy.  Past and present industries include payments, geospatial and sensor data platforms, travel, and AI. Roles in operations, business development, and tech evangelism have involved him in new product and category launches, Fortune 100 partnership deals, and executing 4000% annual revenue growth. Before technology, he crafted inclusive policy as a political operative. His roles included campaign management at the local and state level, active representation of national candidates, and service as a liaison between the New Mexico House and Senate.

Mike Murphy
Retired Electrical Engineer

Mike Murphy recently retired from Sandia National Laboratories.  Over his career at Sandia, Mike first designed electronic circuits for use in rocket guidance systems and weapons.  Later, he headed the development of advanced radar and communication systems for a variety of Government sponsors.  Mike has an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and he has a strong background in physics.  His specialty is the design and fielding of radio frequency (RF) systems.  He currently works with a relatively new, non-profit group called TREC, an organization of mostly national laboratory retired scientists and engineers.  TREC’s mission is to provide assistance to small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs to solve technical issues they may encounter in the development of their product or service.  TREC is hosted by WESST.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend ABQ team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Albuquerque is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Mark
  • Julianna
  • Eric
  • R. Bruce
  • Sonja
  • Dan


Mouna Mahouachi
Product Management Consultant | Innovation Leader | Author

Mouna is a product management consultant, innovation leader and author. She is an active member of Startup Weekend New York. She previously organised Startup Weekend events in Zurich, Switzerland.

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