How excited are we?
Honored as well. We were among a strong group of contenders—all vying for an admirable opportunity to further entrepreneurship as the City of Albuquerque, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation challenged the community to propose bold ideas to support the creation and growth of new companies in Albuquerque.
Of the 27 that entered 11 were selected as finalists. And then on the evening of November 17, smack dab in the middle of Global Entrepreneur Week, Mayor Richard Berry, along with other dignitaries representing the Kauffman Foundation and Albuquerque Community Foundation, announced the three that were selected to share the “prize” of $200K: Global Ties ABQ, WESST, and TVC.
Since 1993 TVC has been working with startups, assisting technologists, and partnering with investors. We’ve employed a successful commercialization model that connects those key players and have helped to create companies and take federal laboratory inventions to the marketplace.
Now, we propose building on that model and support entrepreneurship beyond the initial tech transfer/startup phase, by further assisting small and medium high-tech companies. This approach will build upon our existing connectivity and collaboration expertise and focus on leveraging and matching the right capabilities available to help existing companies take their businesses to the next level.
What’s all the more exciting is we get to share this forward-thinking opportunity that the Mayor’s Prize affords us with other like-minded organizations.
Global Ties ABQ is building bridges of international awareness and understanding among the people of New Mexico and emerging leaders from around the world.
They propose to use their award funds to further the development of its Global Innovator Program. The program would build an international and business community in New Mexico, while fostering support for the city’s start-up industry.
WESST (Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency Team) is a small business consulting, training, microlending and incubator for startups and established businesses. They plan to support WESST’s Creative P.I.E. (Practice, Innovation and Enterprise) program, which targets emerging and/or growing creatives (artists, makers and food producers) by providing a no-barriers-to-entry program of wrap-around services.
More information on the Mayor’s Prize at http://www.albuquerquefoundation.org/mayor-s-prize.aspx
For more information on what TVC does, go here