Startup Weekend Albuquerque

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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Startup Weekend Albuquerque

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 5:00 pm

EpicenterABQ / FatPipeABQ
199 Central NW / 200 Broadway Blvd., NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Part of Startup Weekend New Mexico during Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Startup Weekend returns to Albuquerque for a special event as part of a statewide weekend to kick of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Previous Startup Weekend participants in New Mexico have had a great record of starting real businesses, participating in accelerators, and raising some real money too. We hope you'll join us for this great experience.


Friday November 13th

5:00 pm
Registration Starts (Epicenter ABQ)
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:15 pm
Dinner & Networking (Epicenter ABQ)
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers (Epicenter ABQ)
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start (Epicenter ABQ)
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Voting (Epicenter ABQ)
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams (Epicenter ABQ)
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work (Epicenter ABQ / FatPipeABQ)
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

11:55 pm
Official Venue Close
SWABQ Team shuts down for the night; teams encouraged to go home, work on their own!

Saturday November 14th

8:30 am
Breakfast (FatPipeABQ)
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work (FatPipeABQ)
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
1st set of Coach Meetings (FatPipeABQ)

12:00 pm
Lunch (FatPipeABQ)

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

2:00 pm
2nd set of Coach Meetings (FatPipeABQ)
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Dinner (FatPipeABQ)

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

11:55 pm
Official Venue Close
SWABQ Team shuts down for the night; teams encouraged to go home, work on their own!

Sunday November 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Tech Checks Start (10 minutes each)

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

4:00 pm
Final Demos Begin

5:00 pm
Dinner & Judging

5:30 pm
Local Community Awards

5:45 pm
Closing Speakers

6:00 pm
NM Statewide Pitches
Final Statewide pitches (One team from each community pitches to be crowned Statewide winner)

6:30 pm
Announcement of Winners!

7:00 pm
Venue Close!


David Brown
Co-CEO of Techstars

David Brown is a founder and co-CEO of Techstars.

David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.

David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.

David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.

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Andrew Yang
Founder & CEO Venture for America

Andrew is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, and has worked in startups and early-stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years. He was the CEO and President of Manhattan GMAT, a test prep company that was acquired by the Washington Post/Kaplan in 2009. He has also served as the co-founder of an Internet company and an executive at a health care software startup. Andrew has been selected by the White House as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and a Champion of Change for his work with Venture for America. He is the author of “Smart People Should Build Things,” published by Harper Business (excerpts here and at Amazon). He was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business,” and has appeared on CNBC, Morning Joe, Fox News, TIME, Techcrunch, the Wall St. Journal, and more. He is a graduate of Columbia Law and Brown University and lives in New York City with his wife and son.

Greg Horowitt
Chief Evangelist & Co-Founder, T2 VENTURE CREATION

Greg is the co-founder and Managing Director of T2 Venture Capital, a seed and early stage venture fund and advisory services firm focused on high impact innovation in the technology and healthcare sectors. He has lead T2’s involvement in portfolio companies; Somark Innovations, Biomatrica, Independa, GroundMetrics, and AutoPoint Software (sold to SRS Solutions). He is also the co-author of the bestselling book, ‘the Rainforest: the Secret to Building the Next Silicon Valley’ which examines the dynamics and drivers of innovation ecosystems; drawn from hands-on experience and insights gathered while architecting the innovation ecosystems of more than a dozen countries around the world.  He is a co-founder of the Global Innovation Summit, co-founder of the Rainforest Architects Program, and a co-developer of the Rainforest Index.  Greg is a Kauffman Fellow, a member of a select program to groom leaders of the venture capital industry.  He is an adviser, speaker, and consultant to development organizations including the World Bank, US State Department, OECD, USAID, Aspen Institute, and the National Academies of Science in addition to his work advising governments around the world on topics of economic development, venture capital formation, and innovation policy.  He is currently engaged in designing unique, breakthrough models for measuring the health of innovation systems based on dynamic flows of talent, capital, and knowledge.  

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

Jessica Eaves Mathews
Founder and CEO

Jessica Eaves Mathews, her staff, team lawyers, representatives or agents of Leverage-a-Lawyer are not qualified to provide tax, accounting or financial advice, and the information provided to you by Ms. Mathews, her team lawyers or her staff is not intended as such. Advice or legal services provided by Leverage-a-Lawyer attorneys or associates could affect your tax and/or financial situation. You should refer all tax, accounting, and financial-related inquiries to appropriately qualified professionals in your state.

Webb Johnson
Board Member at ABQid

Patricia Knighten
Manager of the Office of Science and Technology, NMEDD

Patricia Knighten recently joined the New Mexico Economic Development Department as Manager of the Office of Science and Technology after 28 years working in strategy, management and business development for engineering and emerging technology companies. She has extensive experience in technology transfer and commercialization and a record of winning large contracts on complex, technical projects in highly regulated aerospace, energy, and defense environments. Ms. Knighten built her career working for such industry giants as Rolls Royce, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, McDonnell Douglas and Rockwell International, and held executive positions in several startups and small, growing businesses. In her new role, which encourages the start-up, relocation, and growth of technology/energy industries in New Mexico, Ms. Knighten is working to build a vibrant technology-based industry network across the state.

Gary Oppedahl

Director, Economic Development Department, comes from the private sector where he has spent much of his career fostering tech start-ups including EMCORE and most recently TriLumina, both of which are built from research conducted at Sandia National Labs. Mr. Oppedahl has been involved with business start-up activity in Silicon Valley and is a former Intel employee whose duties included new site start-ups. Mayor Berry has directed Gary to work with existing tech-transfer leaders and innovators in Albuquerque and around the world with the goal of building a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem in Albuquerque and to identify opportunities for growth and job creation; more specifically – the commercialization of research from our National Labs and our Universities.

Lisa Adkins

was thrown into entrepreneurship when a partner and I started an IT business. With absolutely no experience in running a business, I went back to school, sought out leadership training and any mentor I could find. The path I've followed over the last 20 years helps me understand the struggles all entrepreneurs go through and I feel like I have a lot of experience to share. I am a mother, a coach and mentor, a technology professional, an avid runner, and a passionate and outspoken advocate of small business in New Mexico. As a serial entrepreneur and leader in the technology community, I understand the importance of creating work environments in which creative, assertive and intelligent professionals can succeed while loving their jobs, and maintaining health, wellness and balance in their lives.

Coaches and Mentors

Joe Cardillo

Entrepreneur w/deep domain knowledge & practice across product operations, project management, and marketing.

Steve Cook

Mr. Stephen Cook is a serial entrepreneur based in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Cook earned his B.S. in Physics from New Mexico Tech, and his MBA from UNM. He has worked in everything from small start-ups and multinational corporations, and spends most of his time focusing on Internet-based applications and software technologies, including predictive analytics, sales and marketing, and technology development.  For the past few years, Mr. Cook has been focusing on helping others develop successful technology based companies through his work at Technology Ventures Corporation as well as private consulting. Mr. Cook’s technical specialties include rapid and agile development, proof-of-concept development, database and schema design, network architecture, front and back-end web development, LAMP stack, Amazon web services, search engines, SEO, “big data”, Hadoop, clustered computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and business intelligence.  His other skills include: marketing research (particularly in the software and web markets), social and Internet marketing, market analysis, value analysis, Internet strategy, start-up creation, e-commerce, and conversion optimization.

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.

Meagan Nordmann
Director of Marketing

Meagan Nordmann, Director of Marketing for RiskSense, specializes in digital marketing, growth hacking and Millennial engagement. Meagan attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she was an editor and social media/community manager at three publications (Nashville Arts Magazine, The Tennessean, and 12th & Broad). Her personally branded Twitter page, @MegNordmann, has over 20K Followers interested in digital marketing and tech news and she has grown large followings for many brands. While in Albuquerque, Meagan has managed the digital marketing for @Pay, a mobile payments tech startup, and RiskSense, a cybersecurity tech startup. Meagan has been featured in many online and print publications on her three passions (marketing, PR and travel), such as Huffington Post, TIME and Origin Magazine. Meagan also advocates for women in tech and was featured in the national #WomenInTech campaign and recently published a viral story about inclusivity for women in tech on Medium. Her travel blog, ChapterIV, focuses on the New Mexico area and has around 4K Followers on Instagram (@MegNordmann). Meagan is currently launching her "Pick My Brain" marketing mentorship workshops at

Matthew Ayoub

Matthew Ayoub is an entrepreneur, real estate investor and UI/UX designer. He is the founder of Media Trove LLC, a technology startup building, a new background music service for businesses. Media Trove is one of the first eleven companies to be accepted into the ABQid accelerator. When he is not at Media Trove, Matthew manages his real estate investment company, Alpha Arietis LLC, which provides office and retail space to local small businesses and startups. Matthew has participated Startup Weekend Santa Fe and Startup Weekend Albuquerque events, leading and participating on finalist teams. Matthew has also coached at Startup Weekend Albuquerque and Startup Teen events.

Tamara Thorpe

Tamara Thorpe is the Millennials Mentor and creates exceptional leadership training programs for Millennial leaders. She also helps businesses understand and leverage a multi-generational workforce. Her work is built on her experience and training in leadership and intercultural understanding. After earning a degree in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego and a Masters in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Tamara became a solopreneur. She has been designing and delivering life changing programs for both emerging and seasoned leaders ever since. 

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. 

Jess Danielle

Jess is a Content Marketing Designer for McKee Wallwork + Co. as well as the President of AIGA New Mexico.

Kristelle Siarza
Social Media and Marketer

Kristelle Siarza is an online communications and marketing strategist and social media speaker. She founded Siarza Social Digital in 2014 after working in various marketing and communications departments and agencies for nine years.

John Borden

Ahoy-hoy! I'm a full-stack web and mobile developer and indie game developer, which makes me a pretty odd duck in the tech world. When I'm not helping other companies build their next big thing, I'm combining work and play to come up with things that are little fun, a little quirky, and definitely different. I've been to Startup Weekend 4 times as a participant, which might be a local record, and will be joining everyone a 5th time as a coach. So, if you need any guidance on how to quickly hack together an MVP or how to best work through the weekend, come find me!

Shad Adair

Shad currently serves as the Chair for Albuquerque SCORE Chapter 0067 and is an investment partner in Hula Partners LLC, creators of Kahuna -- a cloud-based competency management solution. Shad specializes in transforming small to mid size companies into profitable, industry leading enterprises. Over the past 10 years, Shad created over $200m in value to these organizations.

James Kassemi

James Kassemi is the CTO and Co-Founder of, where he is building the next generation static hosting platform, engineered from the ground up to help developers get more value from their ideas. He has over a decade of experience developing applications for startups with a Ruby on Rails focus. He is a polyglot programmer who specializes in Ruby on Rails, Python and javascript. James has deployed multiple applications to scale, touching millions of users.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Albuquerque team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

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

  • Eric
  • R. Bruce
  • Taylor
  • Susan
  • Brad
  • Nicole


Brad Woodward
Director of Content Strategy, McKee, Wallwork & Co

Director of Content Strategy at @McKeeWallworkCo - Grew up in Vegas, college in Oregon, newly-wed, dog owner, wanna be runner, ex-quarterback, amateur carpenter

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