Activate New Mexico (ActivateNM) is a hybrid pre-accelerator and incubator program for early stage tech startups looking to pilot and grow their business in New Mexico. We are committed to nurturing New Mexico’s entrepreneurial community and thus, promoting prosperity in our state.
We are a community of entrepreneurs that provide training programs and resources to help tech founders build valuable businesses. We accept applications 2 times per year and seek early stage software or software-enabled startups to join ActivateNM. “Early stage” typically means companies that are pre-launch and/or pre-revenue, with little to no outside funding raised, and who are looking to raise outside capital to move quickly.
Who are we looking for?
- A team ready to grow quickly:
We like to see applications from founding teams rather than single founders, though solo founders with the ability to dedicate full-time effort to the business and who are eager to build their team are also encouraged to apply.
- A big idea and vision:
We like to see disruptive ideas that solve an important problem in a unique way in a potentially large ($1b+ market).
- A working product or prototype:
We like to see products that have been tested with real data or content outside the team (i.e. with potential customers).
- Understanding of your market:
We like to see a growing understanding of the market or markets you’ll be serving via real-life interviews and research.
Even if you don’t meet all the above categories, we encourage you to apply to start the conversation with us, as we love helping founders at every phase of their journey.
The Program Curriculum
Our curriculum brings founding teams on an amazing 8-week journey ending in a live Demo Day. This curriculum phase is based on Lean Startup principles and designed to give teams hands-on learning each week with a local business leader who is an expert on the topic. Each week, business leaders will workshop at least one cohort company, while other companies observe and participate.
The topics covered include:
- Lean Startup Crash Course
- Customer Discovery and Development
- Team & Organizational Development
- Product-Market Fit
- Customer Acquisition & Marketing
- Corporate and Legal
- Pitching and presentation
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