ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The ABQid business accelerator’s next cohort of health and wellness startups will have some state-of-the-art, high-tech resources at hand to speed the path to market through a new partnership with Central New Mexico Community College.
CNM Ingenuity, which manages commercial activities for the college, is opening its labs and other resources and facilities to ABQid startups to further test and develop new products and services, and to take advantage of the networks and expertise provided by CNM staff.
“CNM has outstanding expertise and facilities that can help validate ideas and accelerate viable, marketable businesses,” said CNM Ingenuity Executive Director Kyle Lee. “There’s massive potential for new entrepreneurs in the health and wellness space, and we’re looking to help them capitalize on high-growth opportunities.”
That bodes particularly well for ABQid’s incoming cohort, which will begin its 12-week mentoring and training program in August. All companies in that group will be focused on new life science-related products and services, reflecting ABQid’s decision this year to recruit new cohorts with a “themed” approach that targets specific industries, beginning with health and wellness.
The accelerator is accepting applications now from startups for the next program. It will select about 10 companies for participation in July.
The partnership with CNM will help those companies hit the ground running in terms of testing and fully developing innovative technology and services, said ABQid Executive Director T.J. Cook. Among other things, CNM has high-tech software and simulation labs, including a mock emergency room with life-sized human dummies to test procedures, protocols and other things.