Startup Weekend Albuquerque 2017

    Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Albuquerque 2017

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

609 Broadway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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From idea to company in 54 hours!

**UPDATE on Prize Winners**
1st Place: Native Art Online
2nd Place: Musica Subito
3rd Place: Tenant Perks

Been working on that business idea for the next great thing? Here’s your opportunity to transform your ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build a product in one weekend. Design the business, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!
  • Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable business concepts. All attendees vote. We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!
  • Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the entrepreneurial world. You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!
  • Sunday afternoon: Teams demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!
Here are some of the things you get from attending
+ Delicious local food for the whole weekend
+ A free .co domain name
+ Event SWAG
+ Awesome coaching by startup industry leaders
+ A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about promoting our local startups!


Friday June 2nd

5:30 pm
Registration & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Get to know fellow participants, coaches, etc.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Ice Breaker
Eat food, engage in fun ice breaker to get the fun started.

6:45 pm
Welcome & Introductions
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Featured Speaker
Jonathan David Lewis will present a dynamic and engaging talk about brand strategy specifically targeted to startups.

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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 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 June 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Dinner & Check-in
Dinner, check-in, status reports, call for help

7:30 pm
Continue working

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

Sunday June 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK 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

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Jonathan David Lewis

The author of "Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments", Jonathan David Lewis is an engaging and authoritative speaker on shaping a brand that can survive—and thrive—in today’s tough, uncertain world.

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.

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.

Hank Andrews
Managing Director

Henry L. (Hank) Andrews, Jr., is an accomplished aerospace and aviation senior executive with extensive operations, logistics, supply chain, and P&L experience. Hank is a founding member and the Managing Director of Verus Research (formerly XL Scientific, LLC), where he leads planning and execution in human resources, benefits, finance, banking, legal support, security, facilities, information technology, and other matters critical to providing customers the research services they require. In the community, Hank is an appointed member of the Bernalillo County Detention Facilities Oversight Advisory Board, serves on the board of directors of the non-profit New Mexico Veterans Integration Centers, and is active in the ABQid and Verge Fund business start-up accelerators.A graduate of Syracuse University, Hank also holds graduate degrees from Louisiana Tech University and the National Defense University and has attended executive education at Duke University, Emory University, Northwestern University, and the Center for Creative Leadership. He is co-author and co-editor of the book Security in Korea: War, Stalemate and Negotiation, and has also been published in Airpower Journal.

Eric Renz-Whitmore
Community Builder

Coaches and Mentors

Dorian Rader
Vice President of NM Angels, Inc.

Athena Christodoulou
CEO of Udorami, Solargetic designs LLC

Bill Kostel
Mentor Liaison at ABQid

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

Justin Holub
Program & Marketing Coordinator at ABQid

Nick Williams
Startup Experience, Catalyst Week, Programming

Nick Williams is the lead developer for local startup, SunPort, and the Executive Director of Catalyst Week.  He draws on his background in managerial psychology from Sloan MIT and 7 years managing large-scale software projects in the verdant cubicle farms of the east coast. He has won startup weekend and similar events around the country by relying on clear business modeling, adaptive strategy, and decisive execution.

Douglas Radecki
Design Founder and President of WhichCraft

David Naquin

David Naquin, has an MBA from the U of NC at Chapel Hill and 30 years of management experience in direct mail, retail and wholesale marketing and specialty manufacturing. For the past 12 years he worked for tribes in New Mexico to develop economic options and opportunities beyond casinos. He recently retired from his position as the General Manager of Southern Sandoval Investments, the business and real estate development arm of the Pueblo of Santa Ana that included two C Store operations, and an office building that produce $30 million in annual revenue.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Albuquerque 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Food Sponsor

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Organizing Team

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

  • Julianna
  • Trisha
  • Mark
  • Dan
  • Nicole
  • Treadway
  • TJ
  • Nyika
  • Michele
  • Marion


Marion Desmazières
International Expansion Lead, Amazon Alexa

Marion is a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA. She manages international expansion of developer programs for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon's Echo devices. Before joining Amazon about four years ago, Marion coordinated the 2012 Global Startup Battle and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend in Seattle. She holds a Master's in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco.

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