View Original Post Here | Writer: Cassie McClure, | January 12, 2021

New Mexico State University Chancellor Dan Arvizu participated in a virtual signing ceremony with representatives of economic development organizations in Sonora, Mexico. (Courtesy photo)

New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center has signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Sonora, Mexico, to share resources and collaborate on binational entrepreneurial initiatives.

“We both share a mission to stimulate bilateral economic growth for both states and felt that expanding into Sonora would be a good fit,” said Carlos Murguia, director of the Foster Innovation Exchange (FIX) at Arrowhead Center.

FIX provides opportunities for inventors and entrepreneurs in the Borderplex region to participate in bilingual accelerator programs, receive assistance with prototyping, CAD modeling, and manufacturing for physical products.

“It is our focus to create these relationships that enhance our strength as a Borderplex region,” said Kathryn Hansen, director of Arrowhead Center. “We help provide Sonoran companies a soft landing here in New Mexico to reach out to the entire North American market if they choose.”

The memorandum of understanding with Coecyt – the Sonora Science and Technology Council – was announced during a virtual ceremony Dec. 10. via Hopin. NMSU Chancellor Dan Arvizu participated in the ceremony.

“Much of the Arrowhead Center programming has switched to a virtual environment, which enables us to offer more, especially since the distance may be too great for some of the startups to come to a six-week accelerator in person in Las Cruces,” Murguia said.

“This invitation to be a part of sharing resources and connections is a boon to our entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the recovery of the economy in the state of Sonora,” said Antonio Rodriguez, a representative from Coecyt. “Arrowhead Center has become a key partner in economic and entrepreneurial development, and we hope to offer resources to Arrowhead Center clients in New Mexico to expand into Mexico as well.”

For more information on FIX, visit: https://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/program/fix/