Small Business and Startups​

Entrepreneurs Lead the Way

CNM Ingenuity supports the amazing entrepreneurs that are in our community and we are committed to helping them build great businesses that create jobs in New Mexico. We offer a variety of programs that provide entrepreneurs with the knowledge, power, resources and network they need to be successful.


Activate NM is an active community of entrepreneurs and mentors in New Mexico. Members of ActivateNM get resources to grow their venture and capacity as a startup founder. The goal of membership is to actively work on your startup business with a community of practice.

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Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The Small Business Development Center at Central New Mexico Community College (SBDC at CNM) is part of a larger network of 18 Small Business Development Centers across our beautiful state of New Mexico dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners to help start new businesses, grow existing businesses and stay in business.

The SBDC at CNM serves both startup and existing businesses located in Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties with no-cost business consulting and training services to help you attain your business goals in the areas of: Technical Start Up and Existing Business Assistance; Business and Marketing Plan Development; Funding Options and Assessment; Market and Industry Research; and many other business-related areas.

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Hyperspace Challenge

Hyperspace Challenge, launched in 2018, is a business accelerator fueled by the U.S. Space Force and Air Force Research Lab, in partnership with CNM Ingenuity, to support the Space Vehicles directorate and our U.S. government personnel everywhere.

Hyperspace Challenge forges valuable relationships between the government, startup, and university communities to accelerate innovation for the space domain.

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Venture Capital

Ingenuity Venture Fund

Our Thesis: We’re investing in an industry-agnostic, diversified portfolio. We’re particularly excited about companies working in life sciences, agriculture, media & entertainment, space, software, and Industry 4.0.

Our Process: Our investment process starts with a warm referral from our network, our participation in the community, or contact from our website, and proceeds through a number of steps.

Our Criteria: Companies who receive investment must undergo a screening process, receive a “yes” vote to invest by our investment committee, and complete a due diligence process.

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Pitch Competitions

We bring promising startups together with active investors to help entrepreneurs take bold steps and grow successful New Mexico companies.

Ski Lift Pitch

Entrepreneurs and investors alike are all-too-familiar with a typical elevator pitch. We think New Mexico is known more for its elevations than its elevators. Ski Lift Pitch brings New Mexico’s best startups and world-class VC funds together for a special event. And no, there are no elevators involved. Not the usual kind, anyway.

We select ambitious, driven startups from the Land of Enchantment who exhibit: early customer validation and traction for a disruptive value proposition; high-growth potential and scalability; and eagerness to partner with venture investors to scale their business. Check the website for the next Ski Life Pitch.

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Adventure Pitch

A startup pitch event for outdoor companies. Building any startup is an adventure. But building an outdoor startup? That takes true grit. Adventure Pitch is part of the annual Outdoor Economics Conference and the premier startup pitch event for outdoor companies in New Mexico.

In partnership with CNM Ingenuity’s Startups & Small Business team, we invite startups with high-growth potential and a core offering that touches outdoor recreation, the environment, and/or health and wellness to apply to this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

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Funding is Available

Funding to participate in our programs is available through multiple partners and sources.

StartNow NM

Central New Mexico Community College has put together this comprehensive list of our resources for new and expanding small businesses, all in one place. From training to education, funding to facilities, you can find it all through this resource site.

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