Entrepreneurs Ready to Take Their Businesses to Next Level

The IGNITE Community Accelerator's sixth cohort of participants to showcase businesses and products to community May 18

May 03, 2018

The sixth cohort of entrepreneurs from the IGNITE Community Accelerator will celebrate the conclusion of an intensive 10-week program by pitching their companies and demonstrating their products on IGNITE Day. It will take place on May 18 from 3-5 p.m. at the Workforce Training Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The IGNITE Community Accelerator, which is operated by CNM Ingenuity, Inc, is an entrepreneurial accelerator that helps young businesses grow up fast.

Owners of the 10 early-stage companies participating in the accelerator met every Friday for the previous 10 weeks and were immersed in a vigorous and focused “bootcamp” environment filled with curriculum on everything from marketing to prototype development.

The 10 companies were selected from a competitive field of applicants by an Entrepreneurial Advisory Committee made up of local entrepreneurs. To be chosen for the IGNITE Community Accelerator, the companies had to demonstrate potential economic impact on New Mexico. The committee looked for compatibility among the group and how the companies could contribute to each other’s success.

Each company was paired with a business coach who has entrepreneurial experience in a similar field, as well as with community members who are successfully running a business, also in a related field.

IGNITE Community Accelerator services included: 30 hours of one-on-one business coaching; 48 hours of intense business training; access to co-working space at the Workforce Center throughout the 10-week program; access to the FUSE MakerSpace to help with prototype development if needed; support in developing a 100-day tactical plan for the business after the Accelerator is over; and additional coaching after the 10-week program to help with implementation of the 100-day tactical plan.

The businesses and their owners that will be showcased on IGNITE Day are:

  • Mirror Mirror Photo Booth NM, Keiosha Miller: A fun addition to any party or event, The Mirror Me photo booth is a unique product and service offering the latest technology in interactive picture taking!
  • Go Two Bags, Dana Pomroy: New product offering dog owners an easy way to clean up after their dogs, keep the environment clean, and storage a used waste bag to enjoy a tidy, hands-free walk.
  • Hey, Dad LLC, Ralph Trimnell: Innovative medical device that can be worn by individuals at risk for falls and injury due to mental impairment or limited mobility.
  • Tuned-In Productions, Angelo Chappetta: Providing high energy DJ and MC services for all occasions and events throughout New Mexico.
  • Top Hat Game & Coffee Lounge, Thomas Davis Wonders: Provides a comfortable environment in which to bring together people and games. With a desirable selection of quality food and hundreds of board games to choose from, the knowledgeable staff will gracefully assist you with your needs to ensure the most pleasurable entertainment experience.
  • Little Leaders Learning Center, Paola Castillo: High-quality and affordable care for children in the Albuquerque community with a focus on leadership, academic, and bilingual skills.
  • Pleasanton Ridge Research, LLC, Mark Phillips: Manufacturer of Blast Foam, explosion suppression foam to mitigate the destructive forces and offer safety in dangerous places.
  • A-One Equipment, Meliton Gonzales: Advanced Electromechanical prototype manufacturing company with a focus on manufacturing skills training to disadvantaged communities.
  • Aesthetikos Skin Care Studio, LLC, Mariah Romero: Aesthetikos offers high-quality skin care services and products to promote healthy skin & product knowledge.
  • Faith Moving, Nick Fehrenbach: Full service moving and cleaning company, specializing in residential and commercial packages to load, move, clean, and reset at your new location.