ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque startup EquiSeq dominated the slopes this year at the third annual ski lift pitch competition, beating out 11 other companies to win a $10,000 prize at the Taos Ski Valley on Tuesday.
The competition, organized by Albuquerque’s ABQid business accelerator, is a novel twist on pitch competitions that places competing companies on Taos Valley’s Kachina Peak Lift alongside investors and entrepreneurs who judge their business presentations while riding up the slopes.
ABQid selected 12 companies for this year’s event. The participants were divided into three groups, with judges on each of the three competing lifts choosing the best pitch offered from their respective groups on the ride up.
That led to three semifinalists who faced off in a final round of presentations back on the ground. That included:
— EquiSeq, an ABQid accelerator graduate that offers genetic testing on horses for owners to make better decisions on breeding and purchases;