An Arrowhead Accelerator Program

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BizSprint is an Arrowhead Accelerator program to launch successful businesses. The goal of this program is to accelerate New Mexico startups to drive economic growth. Through BizSprint you will receive mentorship, coaching and $2,000 in participant support.


  • Teams must include an Entrepreneurial Lead (EL), a Technical Lead (TL), and a Business Mentor (M). You don’t need a full team to apply, although preference is given to complete teams.
  • The Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) and business must be based in New Mexico.
  • Availability to attend one three-hour and four two-hour workshops virtually or in-person:
    • Summer 2019 Cohort will meet Friday mornings July 12th, 2019-August 9th, 2019
  • To successfully complete BizSprint, teams are expected to conduct thirty (30) interviews with potential customers for their product or service.
  • $2,000 participant support must be used to advance the participant’s business. Participant support will be awarded upon completion of BizSprint.
  • Participants must have plans to sell their products or services outside New Mexico.
  • If the business is based on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) or another topic normally supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), eligibility can be granted for the NSF I-Corps team program. For more information about what NSF funds please visit:


Reach a go or no-go decision for your project.

  • Follow-on support and mentorship through AIN Ventures.
  • If decision is go, project may receive eligibility for the National I-Corps program, which includes a $50,000 award.
  • Numerous follow-on funding opportunities, including eligibility to apply for investment from the Arrowhead Innovation Fund.

If you have any questions please contact Arrowhead Center at

Apply for BizSprint

BizSprint applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The next cohorts will take place in Spring 2020 and Summer 2020.

Teaching Team

Dr. Kramer Winingham

Dr. Kramer Winingham

Director & Instructor, Aggie I-Corps

Dr. Kramer Winingham serves as a Program Director for Arrowhead Center and is the Director of NMSU’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site and Director of Studio G – NMSU’s Student Business Accelerator. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration with specializations in Finance and Information Systems, and a Doctorate of Economic Development from NMSU. His doctoral thesis “Economic Development through Technology Transfer” developed a novel approach to technology transfer incorporating design thinking – this approach is applied to commercializing NMSU technologies at the Arrowhead Center. He currently serves as CEO/President for two companies commercializing technologies. He also owns and operates a property management company.
Zetdi Runyan Sloan

Zetdi Runyan Sloan

Director of Technology Incubator

Zetdi Runyan Sloan serves as the Director for the Technology Incubator. She is responsible for overall incubator operations, including the development and implementation of business support programs to help start-up businesses maximize growth and success. Zetdi also serves as the Arrowhead Innovation Network Coordinator, creating ecosystems that link inventors, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and mentors. She is a Board Member for the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, and the Las Cruces Young Professionals. She earned a BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from NMSU, a Masters of International Business Certification from Université d’Angers, Angers, France and an MBA from NMSU.

Zetdi can reached at or at (575) 646-7833.

Dr. Lauren Goldstein

Dr. Lauren Goldstein

Program Manager

Dr. Lauren Goldstein serves as an Arrowhead Center Technical Writer and Research Analyst, focusing on grants, program development and support, and administration. She collaborates with colleagues from all branches of Arrowhead Center on these efforts.  Lauren taught a variety of creative-critical university courses for 12 years—as both a graduate student at Virginia Tech and NMSU and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Creighton University—before she joined Arrowhead in 2016. Outside of work, she is driven by wanderlust and travels as much as possible with her partner. Lauren earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech and her PhD in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from NMSU.

Lauren can be reached at or at (575) 646-6120.

Melissa Silverstein

Melissa Silverstein

Director of the University of Texas at El Paso' Office of Technology Commercialization

Melissa is a registered patent lawyer with 10 years of experience in intellectual property law and technology commercialization in academia and private practice. As Director of the University of Texas at El Paso’s Office of Technology Commercialization, she managed UTEP’s patent portfolio, including protecting, marketing, and licensing 150+ UTEP inventions in six technology fields. Prior to joining UTEP, she practiced as a patent attorney with the Albuquerque-based patent law firm Ortiz & Lopez, where she drafted and prosecuted patent applicants for clients including Honeywell, Xerox, IBM, Clear Channel, Los Alamos National Labs, Fermilab, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Melissa drafts and prosecutes patents in diverse technology areas in the chemical, biological, nanotechnology, mechanical, electrical, computer hardware and software realms.

She recently launched Melissa Silverstein Law PLLC, an El Paso-based Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization Law Firm, focusing on intellectual property protection, marketing, and licensing. Melissa has extensive experience in intellectual property contract drafting and negotiation, including patent license agreements, term sheets, options, collaboration agreements, sponsored research agreements, and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program agreements. Melissa frequently guest lectures on intellectual property, commercialization, and entrepreneurship at a variety of organizations including the El Paso Greater Chamber of Commerce, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).

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