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Sharks bite at data security idea during Aggies Shark Tank

Sharks bite at data security idea during Aggies Shark Tank

LAS CRUCES – As the fifth and final presenter, Robert Herrera, co-founder and CEO of Hatch, was able to get a couple of sharks to bite, accepting a deal that would invest up to $200,000 in his company.

“Today we live in an interconnected world that none of us are ready for,” Herrera said.

Hatch is an encryption as a service product that would provide IoT hardware – a system of interrelated computing devices – and platforms with data encryption. It provides authentication and security to protect consumer’s data.

Presenters had five minutes to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of “sharks” as part of Aggie Shark Tank, which was held at the New Mexico State University Music Center’s Atkinson Recital Hall Thursday.

Herrera described the need for the device as keys to a home, where there is one key to a home but copies of the key could get into the wrong hands. There is also the chance that there are two keys, where the second one is “under the mat” and is easily susceptible to being used by anyone.

Hatch would fix this problem by using a method of encryption that would change the passwords to access daily.

MORE: Into the Shark Tank: Aggies pitch ideas to area investors

“It’s like you’re getting a locksmith to your house every day to not only change your keys but also the locks,” Herrera said.

The encryption would be faster than hackers can keep up with, while also being cheap enough to be a part of everyday products without taking up a lot of memory.

All four sharks thought Herrera’s product was the most investment-worthy product of the evening, and the most timely.

Two sharks — Estela Hernandez, an enterprise advisor at Arrowhead Center at NMSU, and Beto Pallares-Venegas, managing director and co-founder of Cowork Oasis, an innovation community for El Paso entrepreneurs — decided to bite, potentially each investing $100,000 in two $50,000 segments, barring other agreed upon conditions.

The other two sharks were real estate developer Mickey Clute and Sisbarro Dealerships owner Lou Sisbarro.

“This subject is right on, especially with Equifax having all kinds of issues with being broken into,” said Clute. “And this is getting down to the individual level.”

In addition to their pitch, presenters were asked to answer questions on their business such as market forecasts, competition and growth rate.

The participants pitched a wide range of business ideas with the following:

• Rachael Ryan with Backyard Farms, an innovative new polyculture aquaponics system that would produce escargot snails, freshwater blue lobsters and hydroponic produce for consumption.

• Zohrab Samani with Liquid Organic Fertilizer, a product created by the anaerobic digestion of grass clippings from golf courses to be used as organic fertilizer.

• Alexis Cornidez with Maslow, an app that connects students on a campus with each other and local businesses based on proximity of the people.

• Alex Gorsuch with FieldMAK, a modular lab in a box that would allow customers to run tests in the field that would usually be done in a lab. This, Gorsuch cited, could be used to help with the backlog of rape kits in the United States.

Two other prizes were also given out during the event. A $200 social media prize for the most likes and shares on social media went to Cornidez. A second crowd favorite prize of $1,000 went to Gorsuch.

This was the fourth Aggie Shark Tank the university has hosted.

 

By:  Ali Linan, Las Cruces Sun-News, 575-541-5476, alinan@lcsun-news.com or @Ail__Linan on Twitter.

Source: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/education/2017/10/27/sharks-bite-data-security-idea-during-aggies-shark-tank-arrowhead-nmsu/806608001/

NMSU Homecoming celebration honors alumni who make an impact

NMSU Homecoming celebration honors alumni who make an impact

The New Mexico State University Alumni Association will honor its 2017 Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Award for Service recipients during a special dinner that’s part of the weeklong Homecoming 2017 celebration this month.


The theme of New Mexico State University’s 2017 Homecoming celebration is “Dia de los Aggies.” (Courtesy Image)

Homecoming 2017 kicks off Oct. 23 for a week of events highlighting Aggie traditions, culminating in the Homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 28, against Arkansas State University’s Red Wolves.

Activities will include reunions for the classes of 1957 and 1967, the Celebration of Traditions Memorial Ceremony event honoring Aggie military veterans, a bonfire and pep rally, the Golden A’s luncheon, and the Alumni Association Homecoming Tailgate.

Saturday morning’s Homecoming game day parade will feature parade marshal John Cordova, a College of Business alum and executive at the Coca-Cola Company, and his wife, Diane Cordova, a College of Education alum and teacher.

The Aggie Shark Tank event on Thursday, Oct. 26, is free and open to the public at the NMSU Music Center’s Atkinson Recital Hall. The event, in which student entrepreneurs pitch business ideas to local “Shark” investors, will be followed by a reception. Registration is available at sharktank.nmsu.edu.

The Alumni Association’s annual dinner to honor the 2017 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni and James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service will be Friday, Oct. 27.

The Distinguished Alumni awards, established in 1956, recognize living NMSU alumni who have achieved national or international distinction through their accomplishments, leadership and meritorious service that reflects the quality and advancement of NMSU.

This year’s recipients are Esteban Hererra, a 1974 graduate of the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, who is retired from a career of research in horticulture specializing in pecans; Irene Oliver Lewis, a 1975 and ’78 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, who is retired from a career in theater arts; Del Esparza, a 1991 graduate of the College of Business and founder and CEO of Esparza Advertising; MaryLou Davis, a 1969 graduate of the College of Education, who is retired from a career in education; Eloy Torrez, a 1970 graduate of the College of Engineering and founder, owner and president of SEI Group, Inc.; and Sue Gerber, a 1984 graduate of the College of Health and Social Services and senior program officer of the polio team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The James F. Cole Memorial Award for Service, established in 1966, recognizes those who have shown progressive support, dedicated involvement, and impactful civic and humanitarian service at NMSU and within the communities around them, and notable professional service. This year’s recipient is Frank Seidel, a 1982 graduate of the College of Engineering and president and founder of Seidel Technologies.

“We welcome all of our alumni back to campus during Homecoming week to celebrate Aggie pride, see how the university has grown and changed, and reflect on their experience during their time here as students,” said Leslie Cervantes, associate vice president for alumni engagement, participation, and stewardship.

For more information about Homecoming, visit http://advancing.nmsu.edu/homecoming or download the free NMSU Alumni Association smartphone app, available on Android and Apple devices.

 

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Source: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12767/nmsu-homecoming-celebration-honors-alumni-who-make-an-impact

Aggie Shark Tank returns during NMSU Homecoming week celebration

Aggie Shark Tank returns during NMSU Homecoming week celebration

LAS CRUCES – Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, will host its fourth Aggie Shark Tank event from 4–6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the NMSU Music Center’s Atkinson Recital Hall during NMSU’s weeklong homecoming celebration. Aggie Shark Tank is free to attend and registration is available online at sharktank.nmsu.edu. A reception will follow the event.

Aggie Shark Tank is based on the popular “Shark Tank” television show, and offers entrepreneurs working with Arrowhead Center’s student business accelerator, Studio G, a chance to pitch their businesses to local business leaders for possible investment.

The school of Las Cruces “Sharks” includes chile farmer and agribusiness leader Dino Cervantes, real estate developer Mickey Clute, Mesilla Valley Transportation owner Royal Jones, and Sisbarro Dealerships owner Lou Sisbarro. Special guest Shark at this year’s event will be Arrowhead Center Investor-in-Residence Beto Pallares, managing director and co-founder of Cowork Oasis, an innovation community for El Paso entrepreneurs.

Participants will be pitching a wide range of business ideas from liquid organic fertilizers to mobile science labs.

The participants will compete for a $1,000 Crowd Favorite prize, selected by the audience, in addition to the possibility of an investment from one or more of the Sharks. Student entrepreneurs raised more than $125,000 at the first three Aggie Shark Tank events.

At last fall’s Aggie Shark Tank event, Studio G client Carlos Murguia’s KoolKat roof coating technology won the $1,000 Crowd Favorite prize, voted on immediately following the presentations by a crowd of 200 guests. Murugia said after the event that one of the most valuable things he gained was the experience of preparing and delivering a pitch. “Look, my hands are still shaking,” he said, holding them up. “But now I know what to expect, and that’s important.”

“Aggie Shark Tank is an great opportunity to showcase some of the exciting businesses developed by NMSU students in Studio G and provide them a chance to raise investment capital to accelerate their businesses,” Studio G Director Kramer Winingham said.

Arrowhead Center Director Kathy Hansen said she’s grateful for the enthusiasm of the Sharks and the local families who attend to watch the excitement unfold.

“The community’s connection to Aggie Shark Tank shows that there is tremendous support for our students and their dreams of creating their own businesses right here in Las Cruces,” Hansen said. “We are very appreciative of the leadership and commitment to NMSU that the Sharks have shown for these entrepreneurial students.”

For more information or to register for free tickets, visit sharktank.nmsu.edu.

By: Amanda Bradford, For the Sun-News

Source: http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/money/2017/10/16/aggie-shark-tank-returns-during-nmsu-homecoming-week-celebration/769305001/

Arrowhead lands Daniels Fund grant

Arrowhead lands Daniels Fund grant

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has received a two-year, $350,000 grant to support entrepreneurship education from the Colorado-based Daniels Fund.

The funding will help expand the reach of Arrowhead Center’s education and training programs, according to a news release from NMSU.

For example, Arrowhead’s Innoventure educational program grade school students will get new modules on financial literacy and ethics and its Innoventure Jr. K-5 program will expand from 35 schools to 140.

Studio G, Arrowhead’s student and alumni business accelerator, will support additional student business incubators at colleges throughout New Mexico, according to the release.

By ABQ Journal News Staff

 

Source: https://www.abqjournal.com/1078756/arrowhead-lands-daniels-fund-grant.html

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center receives grant for entrepreneurship education

NMSU’s Arrowhead Center receives grant for entrepreneurship education

Arrowhead Center, the entrepreneurship and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, has received a new two-year grant to support entrepreneurship education in New Mexico. The NMSU Foundation was awarded $350,000 from the Colorado-based Daniels Fund to support programming at Arrowhead Center.

The grant is follow-on funding for expansion of Arrowhead’s Cradle-to-Career Entrepreneurial Pipeline grant, awarded by the Daniels Fund in 2015.

The funding will foster the growth and expanded reach of Arrowhead Center’s education and training programs for New Mexico’s next generation of entrepreneurs, from kindergarten through graduate school.

“This additional funding will enable us to reach more students throughout our state and help them build the foundational skills and entrepreneurial mindset that will prepare them to be the community and business leaders that New Mexico needs,” said Arrowhead Center Director Kathy Hansen. “We’re grateful to the Daniels Fund for believing in and supporting the work we’re doing to strengthen our state’s economy through education.”

Arrowhead’s Innoventure educational programming for students in kindergarten through 12th grade nurtures a new generation of innovators with skills in technical design and business and financial savvy and gives students a deeper understanding of how technological advances are made and brought to the marketplace.

Expansion efforts will include new, age-appropriate learning modules for financial literacy and ethics into existing curriculum. In addition, Arrowhead will engage more elementary school students in Innoventure Jr. – Arrowhead’s K-5 program – by developing relationships with elementary schools across New Mexico. For instance, the program currently engages with 35 schools. The Daniels grant will help expand that number to 140 schools—a 300 percent increase. Innoventure Jr. will also add a capstone competition for fourth and fifth graders.

Camp Innoventure, an established entrepreneurship summer camp for middle-schoolers, will promote community participation as well as camper enrollment through outreach to schools, chambers of commerce, banks, and community groups.

Studio G, Arrowhead’s student and alumni business accelerator, will support additional student business incubators at colleges throughout New Mexico. The program will use the model of Studio G expansion to NMSU system community colleges in Alamogordo, Doña Ana, Carlsbad and Grants. Six New Mexico community colleges and universities have already submitted applications of interest, which would double the number of affiliated Studio G campuses.

The Daniels Fund, established by cable television pioneer Bill Daniels, is a private charitable foundation dedicated to making life better for the people of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming through its grants program, a scholarship program, and ethics initiative. Visit DanielsFund.org to learn more.

By News Editor and Partners

 

Source: http://krwg.org/post/nmsus-arrowhead-center-receives-grant-entrepreneurship-education

NMSU Arrowhead Center to host first Aggie Pop-Up

NMSU Arrowhead Center to host first Aggie Pop-Up

Clients of New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center and Studio G will be selling their wares ranging from jewelry and clothing to art and salsa at the first Aggie Pop-Up in downtown Las Cruces.

The pop-up event will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, on Main Street Downtown next to Dragon Fly restaurant, 139 N. Downtown Mall. The event will be held at the same time as the Art Ramble.

Lydia Hammond, the Innoventure program coordinator at Arrowhead Center, said organizers worked in partnership with the City of Las Cruces’ economic development office to create the event.

“The idea is student entrepreneurs will be able to meet new and different clients, and people who are attending the Art Ramble will be able to meet more of our students and see what all we have going on with our student business programs,” Hammond said.

Vendors include The Bossy Gourmet selling green chile salsa, jalapeno salsa and red enchilada sauce; NoRu Boutique selling jewelry and handbags; Paquime Boots selling cowboy boots; Raww Rodeo and Western Wear selling western clothing; Studio 3 Floral Designs selling floral arrangements; and Super Trikes selling t-shirts. Tech service-based vendors include Zeall and Torch Bearer.

For more information about the pop-up or to learn more about Arrowhead Center, visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu or call Lydia Hammond 575-646-5230

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Source: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/articles/view/12736/nmsu-arrowhead-center-to-host-first-aggie-pop-up

Registration now open for Innoventure entrepreneurship education program

Registration now open for Innoventure entrepreneurship education program

When entrepreneurs are asked why they invented their product or started their business, they often explain that they saw a need in their community and wanted to provide a solution for that need.
Innoventure competition participants Julie Mason, left, Amber Hernandez and Presley Sullivan, right, all students at J. Paul Taylor Academy in Las Cruces, display their business product, Serensa, during the Innoventure showcase in May at New Mexico State University’s Corbett Center Student Union. Registration is now open for Innoventure, the entrepreneurship education program offered to teams of middle and high school students in New Mexico through Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub. (Photo by Justin Santiago)

This year, participants in Innoventure, the core entrepreneurship education program from New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center, will look to their own communities for inspiration as they identify a need they can address through their own ingenuity and entrepreneurial mindset.

Registration is now open for teams of middle and high school students from schools and organizations throughout New Mexico who want to develop a product, create a business plan and make an impact on a community – whether that’s their school, workplace, club, neighborhood, town or another group they want to help.

The Innoventure program, now in its 15th year, develops teamwork and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM skills to solve real-life problems, giving students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation.

Director Marie Borchert said the program teaches concepts and introduces ways of thinking that will help children on any career path.

“Entrepreneurial skills translate to any discipline,” Borchert said. “These students are learning about entrepreneurship and having fun, but they’re also boosting their future employability and developing the confidence, critical thinking and collaboration skills that will make them stand out in whatever field they eventually choose.”

The teams of two to five students, assisted by an adviser – a teacher, parent, club leader or other adult – complete milestones throughout the academic year in an online format and then present their business model, marketing tools and functioning prototype to a panel of judges at the Innoventure competition on May 4, 2018, at NMSU’s Las Cruces campus. Students will also participate in workshops, tours and other learning experiences while at NMSU.

The competition’s winners will receive technology-based prizes such as a laptop, Bluetooth headphones and wireless earbuds.

Aligned with state educational standards, Innoventure has served nearly 3,000 New Mexico students, some of whom have gone on to attend NMSU and work with Studio G, Arrowhead Center’s student business accelerator, to further develop their business ideas. Many student teams return year after year to participate. Innoventure has been one of Arrowhead Center’s core programs since its founding, and ongoing expansion efforts for the program are funded in part by a generous grant from the Daniels Fund.

The competition is part of a suite of Innoventure programs, including Innoventure Jr., an online program for elementary-age students, and Camp Innoventure, a week-long entrepreneurship-themed summer day camp that continues to expand.

Registration deadline for the Innoventure competition is Sept. 29, 2017. To register, visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure/registration.

To learn more about the Innoventure program, contact Marie Borchert at mhaaland@nmsu.edu or Lydia Hammond at lh@nmsu.edu, or visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure.

 

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Source: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12679/registration-now-open-for-innoventure-entrepreneurship-education-program

New Mexico Health tech startups invited to new virtual accelerator at Arrowhead Center

New Mexico Health tech startups invited to new virtual accelerator at Arrowhead Center

In the health technology industry, innovation is a constant. New ideas for devices, products and services are always emerging, but it can be difficult to access the potential customer base that’s needed to test the feasibility of these innovations in a timely manner.

That’s where Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University can help, with a new accelerator program targeting health tech startups across the state in need of customer discovery research opportunities and a network of regional industry contacts to draw from.

Offering participants $2,000 to accelerate their business, HealthSprint is the latest in a series of Arrowhead Accelerator programs being provided by Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub, through funding from New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company.

HealthSprint is a four-week program designed to launch successful health technology startups in the state of New Mexico. The program is modeled on the National Science Foundation I-Corps program and designed to support growth-driven companies. Teams do not need any prior NMSU affiliation to be considered, and selected businesses can participate in the program’s curriculum and its weekly workshops virtually or in-person, making HealthSprint accessible for health technology entrepreneurs all across New Mexico.

Previous Arrowhead Accelerator cohorts have included TechSprint, which focused on tech startups in New Mexico, and AgSprint, which attracted agricultural technology businesses from across the Southwest. Another cohort, BizSprint, getting underway this month will support New Mexico-based startups that plan to sell their products and services outside the state.

Khan Muhammad of Albuquerque recently participated in the TechSprint accelerator as the entrepreneurial lead for Electric Avenue Consulting, which is commercializing a technology for in-motion charging of electric vehicles. He said he was surprised by the unique approach that the program offered to learn more about his potential customer base.

“Within the first week,” he said, “I found that what the experience was offering was the opportunity for us to develop and grow our idea in a very short time period in a very safe space.”

Each HealthSprint team has a required structure, including an entrepreneurial lead based in New Mexico, a technical lead and a business mentor, and Arrowhead Center can help connect applicants to potential team members who could fill any roles that are missing. Teams will conduct market research, and those that successfully complete the curriculum will receive $2,000 to further advance the business. Each team will also receive access to additional follow-on funding through Arrowhead Innovation Fund and mentorship through Arrowhead Innovation Network Ventures.

“HealthSprint is a great opportunity for health tech startups in New Mexico to test the viability of their business, win $2,000 and gain access to some substantial follow-on funding opportunities,” said Kramer Winingham, director of Aggie I-Corps, NMSU’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Site at Arrowhead Center. “We are excited to offer the program and look forward to supporting some great health tech businesses in New Mexico.”

As an additional benefit, HealthSprint teams may also be granted eligibility to apply for NSF’s National I-Corps program, which includes a $50,000 award.

Applications for the summer cohort of HealthSprint are open through July 23 at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/healthsprint. The cohort will meet Friday mornings Aug. 11 to Sept. 1. For additional information, contact Studio G at studiog@nmsu.edu.

 

Source: http://krwg.org/post/new-mexico-health-tech-startups-invited-new-virtual-accelerator-arrowhead-center

Arrowhead Center virtual startup accelerator extends application deadline to June 18

Arrowhead Center virtual startup accelerator extends application deadline to June 18

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has extended the application deadline to June 18 for a new accelerator program open to all types of business startups that are located anywhere in New Mexico with plans to sell products or services to customers outside the state.

Offering participants $2,000 to accelerate their business, BizSprint is the latest in a series of Arrowhead Accelerator programs being provided by Arrowhead Center, NMSU’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub, through funding from New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera Company.

A four-week accelerator program designed to launch successful businesses in the state of New Mexico, BizSprint is modeled on the Aggie I-Corps program and designed to support growth-driven companies. Teams do not need any prior NMSU affiliation to be considered, and selected businesses can participate in the program’s curriculum and its weekly workshops virtually or in-person, making BizSprint accessible for entrepreneurs all across New Mexico.

Each team has a required structure, including an entrepreneurial lead based in New Mexico, a technical lead and a business mentor, and Arrowhead Center can help connect applicants to potential team members who could fill any roles that are missing. Teams will conduct market research and those that successfully complete the curriculum will receive $2,000 to further advance the business. Each team will also receive access to additional follow-on funding through Arrowhead Innovation Fund and mentorship through Arrowhead Innovation Network Ventures.

“Businesses that can scale and sell outside the state are critical for developing New Mexico’s economy,” said Kramer Winingham, director of Aggie I-Corps, NMSU’s National Science Foundation Innovation Corps Site at Arrowhead Center. “They promote local economic growth by bringing jobs and income into the local economy, and these are the types of businesses we plan to support through BizSprint.”

As an additional benefit, BizSprint teams with businesses in a science, technology, engineering or technology field may also be granted eligibility to apply for NSF’s National I-Corps program, which includes a $50,000 award.

Applications for the summer cohort of BizSprint are open through June 18 at arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/bizsprint. The cohort will meet Friday mornings July 14 to Aug. 4. For additional information, contact Studio G at studiog@nmsu.edu.

By Amanda Bradford

Source: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12536/arrowhead-center-virtual-startup-accelerator-extends-application-deadline-to-june-18

Arrowhead Center-supported company selected as NMSBA success story

Arrowhead Center-supported company selected as NMSBA success story

A technology company supported by Arrowhead Center, the economic development and innovation hub at New Mexico State University, has been recognized by the New Mexico Small Business Assistance program as one of 10 success stories during its annual Innovation Celebration.

Mariel Vargas Haddad was recently selected as a New Mexico Small Business Assistance program as one of 10 success stories for her business, Timer Glove, a smart gym glove to help track workout characteristics. (NMSU photo by Dana Apodaca)

Mariel Vargas Haddad was recently selected as a New Mexico Small Business Assistance program as one of 10 success stories for her business, Timer Glove, a smart gym glove to help track workout characteristics. (NMSU photo by Dana Apodaca)

Earlier this month, Arrowhead Center co-hosted an NMSBA Innovation Celebration event to recognize Arrowhead client and NMSU engineering student Mariel Vargas Haddad and her business, Timer Glove. Timer Glove is a smart gym glove to help track workout characteristics including number of reps and rests between sets.

The NMSBA program utilizes researchers of Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory to assist small businesses overcome technical challenges. Arrowhead Center, as partner to the NMSBA program, utilizes the expertise of faculty and staff for the same purpose. Each year, the organization identifies the top 10 NMSBA companies to recognize their accomplishments after NMSBA assistance. This year, the Innovation Celebrations were hosted at those business owners’ home communities to help build connections with other local businesses and economic development officials.

Vargas’s entrepreneurial journey started during a 2014 Startup Weekend event, where initial feedback sparked her excitement to continue with her innovation. Vargas reached out to Griselda Martinez, director of Arrowhead’s NMSBA program, who connected her with the program and Associate Professor Jay Misra in the NMSU Department of Computer Science for further product advancement. Misra’s students, Vicente Ibarra and Gaurav Panwar, also joined this effort, and Martinez became Vargas’ guide and mentor.

Vargas’ progress in the entrepreneurship and commercialization pipeline continued in 2016 with her pitch at Arrowhead Center’s Aggie Shark Tank, a student business investment pitch event based on the popular TV show, where she secured two investments totaling $50,000. With this funding, Vargas hired programmers and designers to further develop her technology. In March of this year, she placed third and secured $15,000 in funding at a business plan competition hosted by University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.

“My success story is all about good advising and good opportunities,” Vargas said. “If you have an idea or see an opportunity, the time is now.”

Another Arrowhead Center client who shared a success story at the celebration was Mike Lisk, whose entrepreneurship experience started when he and his wife bought a ranch in Lincoln County in 2005. With an idea for how to manage water on the large property, Lisk became an Arrowhead Technology Incubator client, where he worked with Zetdi Sloan. Sloan and Griselda Martinez connected him to the NMSBA, which he called a “conduit” and “shepherd for the whole process.” Lisk’s water management technology has been implemented in McKinley County and the Navajo Nation, where it has already had a direct economic impact.

Lisk said the more an entrepreneur stays engaged with development opportunities, the more opportunities will unfold. “NMSBA and Arrowhead Center are important storytellers in that process,” he said.

Among the attendees and speakers who turned out for the Innovation Celebration were Sandia National Labs NMSBA program leader Genaro Montoya and project manager John Martinez; Kim Sherwood and Wendy Rue, both project managers at Los Alamos National Labs; Kathy Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center; NM Rep. Joanne Ferrary; Las Cruces City Councilor Olga Pedroza; Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea; Christine Logan with the New Mexico Economic Development Department; Jo Ann Garay, director of the Small Business Development Center at Doña Ana Community College; and Chris Dunn, program coordinator for Studio G, Arrowhead’s student business accelerator.

Sandia NMSBA Project Manager John Martinez encouraged innovators to apply for NMSBA assistance.

“It’s an accessible, one-page online application, not an encyclopedia of knowledge to root through,” he said. “The NMSBA locates experts, engineers, and labs to help the innovator achieve results.”

Last year, this program as a public-private partnership created more than 5,700 jobs and assisted businesses in all 33 counties in New Mexico, he added.

For more information on NMSBA, contact Griselda Martinez, director of NMSBA at Arrowhead Center, at 575-646-7096 or visit arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/nmsba.

 

By Lauren Goldstein

Source: https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/12532/arrowhead-center-supported-company-selected-as-nmsba-success-story