Building a Rainforest in the Desert
NEWS
Startup BennuBio Inc. Secures $5m Investment
BennuBio Inc. has won $5 million in private equity from local and international investors to accelerate marketing of super-fast cell-screening and analysis technology developed originally at the University of New Mexico.

New Mexico Small Business Recovery: Take and Expand Your Business Online
The University of New Mexico’s Innovation Academy and STC.UNM are offering a special course to help New Mexico businesses at this critical time for our state’s economic recovery. This is made possible through a grant from the Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration called the NM EDA Rainforest University Center.

Help Being Offered by EDD and Others For New Mexico Businesses Affected By Covid-19
Local business weekly, Albuquerque Business First , released an article on how state and local governments and banks are offering financial help for New Mexico businesses affected by the new COVID-19 coronavirus. While new measures at being taken to minimize the spread of the virus, businesses are greatly impacted by the lack of foot traffic, restrictions on in-person dining, and the most recent stay-at-home order, which temporarily closes all non-essential businesses and non-profit entities.

Seventh Innovate New Mexico ® Technology Showcase A Success
This year’s Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase was a big success with the highest turnout rate to date. The event took place on March 3rd at the Event Center at Sandia Golf Club and there were over 150 attendees comprised of local and national companies, investors, entrepreneurs, and local business and community leaders.

The event started off with welcoming remarks from Jon Clark, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Economic Development Department and keynote remarks from Dr. Omar Hatamleh, Executive Director of the Space Studies Program at NASA International Space University and Chief Innovation Officer of Engineering at NASA Johnson Space Center.

During lunch there was a panel discussion with four leaders and CEOs of New Mexico start-up companies. The panel discussed some of the challenges and benefits they have faced while growing start-ups in New Mexico.

The discussion was moderated by Carlos Romero, Associate VP for Research at New Mexico Tech and panel participants included Brian Henderson, CEO of Next State Systems, LLC, Victor Hughes, Founder of Roar Echo, LLC, Mark Johnson, Executive Chairman & Co-Founder of Descartes Labs, and Erik Strobert, CEO of Perspective Components, Inc.

Twelve researchers and inventors from the University of New Mexico, the Air Force Research Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Labs, NASA-White Sands Test Facility and Johnson Space Center, and New Mexico State University pitched their technologies to industry representatives and investors.

Virtual Rainforest Student Pitch Competition
Students, you can still participate in the Pitch Competition by submitting a 90-second video that delivers an elevator pitch for your business/idea by April 13 at 11:59 pm, that will be reviewed by a team of judges. This competition is open to university students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester.



In the Spotlight
Featured inventor in the STC 2020 calendar
13 U.S. Patents Issued to STC for UNM Technologies in January, February, and March!

FEATURED EVENTS
STC 2020 Innovation Awards - Cancelled
Unfortunately, we had to cancel the 2020 Innovation Awards dinner previously scheduled to be held on April 7, 2020. We are planning an STC 25-year anniversary celebration in the fall and look forward to celebrating with you all then! Congratulations to our honorees for this year's Innovation Awards:
Success by Design: The First Five Steps to Launching a Successful Business
Tuesday, April 7 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Please join Susan Cornelius, UNM I-Corps Mentor and UNM-Valencia Mentor, as she energetically takes you through 60 minutes of the five first most important steps to creating a successful launch of products to market.

Join us on Zoom with a friend, a family member, or your team. This is a highly interactive workshop and although we will be talking via ZOOM and will not be in the classroom together, that is not an impediment to our success. Plan to interact!
Virtual Start-up Boot Camp Session - NM Rainforest University Center
Wednesday, April 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Virtual Start-up Boot Camp
Fifteen-minute start-up “boot camp” session with UNM-Valencia mentor  Susan Cornelius  that will help take you and your business ideas to the next level. After the boot camp session, there will be an opportunity for a 30-minute mentoring session with Susan via Zoom.

Zoom details will be sent after you register.

Virtual Mentoring Sessions
Virtual 1:1 mentoring with Susan Cornelius where she will provide guidance, coaching, perspective, and connections to enhance entrepreneurship and connections to resources at UNM and in the community. There are many resources available to those who have ideas that they may want to turn into a business! Join us online to learn more about what is available and which connections are the best fit for you.

If you have an idea for a new business or would like to expand your business, Susan is available to you as a resource for discussions and mentoring on how to move forward.
Virtual Mentoring for Entrepreneurs
Thursday, April 16 from 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Virtual Mentoring Sessions
Virtual 1:1 mentoring with  Vanessa Roanhorse , where she will provide guidance, coaching, perspective, and connections to enhance entrepreneurship and connections to resources at UNM and in the community. There are many resources available to those who have ideas that they may want to turn into a business! Join us online to learn more about what is available and which connections are the best fit for you.

If you have an idea for a new business or would like to expand your business, Vanessa is available to you as a resource for discussions and mentoring on how to move forward.

Vanessa Roanhorse, CEO of Roanhorse Consulting, LLC, launched Roanhorse Consulting in order to work with unheralded populations to achieve and aspire their self-determination by forging communities of practice, creating equity through entrepreneurship, and encouraging economic empowerment from within.

Zoom details will be sent after you register
Virtual Rainforest Mentor Office Hours - April
Friday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Sign up for virtual mentoring with Stacy Sacco where he will provide guidance, coaching and perspective to enhance entrepreneurship and connections to resources at UNM and in the community. There are many resources available to those who have ideas that they may want to turn into a business!

Stacy teaches entrepreneurial studies at the Anderson School of Management, serves as the Director of the UNM Small Business Institute and is President of Sacco Connections, a management consulting firm. 
Virtual Mentoring for Entrepreneurs
Thursday, April 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Virtual Mentoring Sessions
Virtual 1:1 mentoring with  Vanessa Roanhorse , where she will provide guidance, coaching, perspective, and connections to enhance entrepreneurship and connections to resources at UNM and in the community. There are many resources available to those who have ideas that they may want to turn into a business! Join us online to learn more about what is available and which connections are the best fit for you.

If you have an idea for a new business or would like to expand your business, Vanessa is available to you as a resource for discussions and mentoring on how to move forward.

Vanessa Roanhorse, CEO of Roanhorse Consulting, LLC, launched Roanhorse Consulting in order to work with unheralded populations to achieve and aspire their self-determination by forging communities of practice, creating equity through entrepreneurship, and encouraging economic empowerment from within.

Zoom details will be sent after you register
The STC office is closed at the present time. STC Staff members are working remotely and can be contacted by phone/email: https://stc.unm.edu/about/staff/

UNM Inventors, you can still disclose your inventions online at: https://stc.unm.edu/inventors/
Check out more event listings on our website at: https://stc.unm.edu/events/