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University Students Win Big at the 2022 Pitch Deck Competition

Albuquerque, NM – May 11, 2022 – After an inspiring evening at the Lobo Rainforest Building, five university students went home with cash prizes after pitching their innovative business and startup ideas to an audience of supporters, investors, and business community. The 2022 Pitch Deck Competition was co-hosted by UNM Rainforest Innovations (UNMRI) and the UNM Innovation Academy, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization and entrepreneurial studies …Read More

2022 Pitch Deck Competition Offers Platform for University Student Entrepreneurs to Share Their Business Plans or Startup Visions for Cash Prizes

Albuquerque, NM – Coming up on May 10, university students in New Mexico will have an opportunity to pitch their innovative business ideas for prize money at the 2022 Pitch Deck Competition. Going on its third year, the competition serves as a platform for student entrepreneurs to showcase their innovations and hone their pitching skills. The event is free and starts at 5:00 p.m. at the Lobo Rainforest Building. Friends, family, …Read More

University of New Mexico Inventors Honored for Issued Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights at 2022 Innovation Awards

2022 Innovation Awards UNM Rainforest Innovations hosted its nineteenth annual Innovation Awards on Tuesday, April 26. This annual event recognizes the accomplishments of University of New Mexico (UNM) inventors who have received issued U.S. patents, registered trademarks, and copyrights within the past year. Between March 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022, 44 UNM inventors received issued U.S. patents for 39 technologies and 1 copyright. Of those patents, 32 patents and …Read More

Jeremy S. Edwards, Ph.D. – 2022 Rainforest Innovation Fellow

Harnessing his knowledge of biology, chemistry, and engineering, Dr. Edwards drives science forward through his research activity and innovative technologies. During his graduate work, he was the first person to take genome sequence information and develop predictive mathematical models of bacteria metabolism. Around this time, it cost approximately $1 million to sequence the genome of a bacteria and $1 billion to sequence a human genome. The work accomplished by Jeremy …Read More

Federal Laboratory Consortium Enters into Partnership with UNM Rainforest Innovations (UNMRI)

(WASHINGTON, DC – April 11, 2022) The Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) has entered into a strategic partnership with UNM Rainforest Innovations, based in Albuquerque, NM, as part of an ongoing campaign to help small to large businesses with innovative technologies succeed through collaborations with federal laboratories. UNM Rainforest Innovations supports technology transfer and coordinates economic development activities for the University of New Mexico (UNM)—efforts that include facilitating connections between technology-focused …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations announces spring pitch competition winners

Original Article posted April 18, by UNM Newsroom: https://news.unm.edu/news/unm-rainforest-innovations-announces-spring-pitch-competition-winners How long does it take to earn $1,000? For students competing in the biannual Rainforest Pitch Competition, it only takes 90 seconds (plus a good business idea). More than 60 New Mexico college students submitted their video pitches for a chance to win seed funding. This semester the business ideas included an application to find affordable student housing, outsourcing home organization, …Read More

NM Rainforest EDA University Center Activity for January, February and March 2022

During the months of January, February and March, the New Mexico Rainforest, a U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center, held seven mentoring office hour sessions with the various University Center (UC) mentors and hosted five webinars on a variety of entrepreneurial topics. Several of the webinars and office hours were hybrid including a special webinar hosted by Mike Freeman from Innosphere Ventures, a science and technology incubator and venture capital …Read More

UNM Department of Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Student Finds Startup Opportunity in the NM Rainforest

Before starting her Hispanic Linguistics Master’s Program at The University of New Mexico (UNM), Isabel Last was trained to teach Spanish as a second language. Throughout her teaching experience, she consistently found that regardless of how creative and immersive she tried to make her lessons and activities, there was a definitive limit to how well instructors could contextualize the content. She knew language teaching needed a paradigm shift. This is …Read More

UNM Rainforest Innovations Receives $800K EDA American Rescue Plan Grant to support Training Programs for New Mexico Tribal Entrepreneurship Project

3-year EDA Funded Grant looks to bridge gaps and seek solutions to Tribal Entrepreneurship (April 4, 2022 – Albuquerque, NM) – UNM Rainforest Innovations, the University of New Mexico’s technology transfer and economic development organization, has been awarded an $800,000 American Rescue Plan Economic Adjustment Assistance grant from the federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help break down barriers and generate opportunity through entrepreneurship in historically underserved communities in New …Read More

Nob Hill Therapeutics is a “Startup to Watch” in 2022

Local startup Nob Hill Therapeutics, commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico, has been featured in New Mexico Inno’s Startups to Watch list for 2022. Ten local startups in several different sectors were selected by Technology Reporter Collin Krabbe based on how they performed in 2021 and what they have planned for this year. Nob Hill Therapeutics is pushing for FDA approval of their dry powder nebulizer (DryNeb) …Read More