UNM Rainforest Innovations

A series of columns are being released by the Albuquerque Journal throughout 2022 on economic development and startup opportunities in the state. Each column is written by members of the New Mexico Angels, investors, and startup owners.

In a column written by John Rice, Chair of the New Mexico Angels and Angel Investor and President of ASiQ, LLC, he reflects on the importance of community when it comes to supporting and growing startup businesses, which he calls the children of our economy.

There are many members of our ecosystem village, including the New Mexico Angels, ABQid, CNM Ingenuity, the University of New Mexico, UNM Rainforest Innovations, Innovation Academy, WESST and the Santa Fe Business Incubator, our state’s national laboratories, New Mexico Biotechnology & Biotechnology Association, city and state economic development resources, and a plethora of other network members.

“Being a citizen of our Economic Ecosystem Village is about much more than investments. It’s about providing mentorship, leadership and guidance to New Mexico’s start-up and high-growth community.”

Just as sports teams excel with the support of an enthusiastic fan base, startups and entrepreneurs exceed expectations with public support. We can all do our part to help “raise” a startup, whether that is buying local products, providing mentorship and guidance, or by simply cheering them along.

See John Rice’s April 18 article, “Supporting New Mexico’s startups is good for everyone,” on the Albuquerque Journal Website  https://www.abqjournal.com/2489488/supporting-new-mexicos-startups-is-good-for-everyone.html

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