Trish Lopez is restless, and she has every reason to be. She has spent the past three months in the ABQid accelerator program, testing assumptions, talking to hundreds of users and customers, building a website and logo – all while tenaciously driving her startup, Teeniors, forward.
Lopez’s natural charisma makes the program’s required networking effortless, but it’s Teeniors’ mission – to match tech-savvy teens with seniors who need help using technology to connect with loved ones – that is motivating this intergenerational solution.
Since the ABQid accelerator program began June 1, Lopez has successfully validated her business model, launched a beta product with which to sample her target audience, run four events at senior centers around Albuquerque and gathered mounds of user feedback that she’s using to continuously refine her invention.
In the little time she has between running events and figuring out how to write an executive summary, she’s preparing for her six-minute presentation to the Albuquerque community at the ABQid Demo Day on Friday at the Epicenter in Downtown. In that time, Lopez has to convince city leaders, industry professionals and potential customers that her startup is game-changing and worth a deeper look. The pressure is on.