UNM Rainforest Innovations

Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to UNM Rainforest Innovations in collaboration with the UNM innovation Academy

The New Mexico Rainforest University Center provides training and technical assistance at all of the University of New Mexico sites (Main, UNM-Taos, UNM-Valencia, UNM-Gallup, and UNM-Los Alamos).

The University Center mission is to:

  • Advance high-growth entrepreneurship
  • Cultivate innovation
  • Encourage business expansion beyond the local market
  • Develop a high-skilled work force through entrepreneurship fundamental training

The platform for the training was an eCommerce, designed to assist any business with its digital presence. Courses and certificates are available to UNM students and community members through UNM’s Innovation Academy.

The program provides training programs available statewide through an eCommerce Essential Course (through UNM Innovation Academy) and a series of seminars.

Upcoming Seminars

Seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required.

Training Videos

Explore our vast collection of entrepreneurial training videos! The videos range from generating a business idea all the way to raising capital and finding investors for your business. 

Connect with a Mentor

Get free business advice from experienced mentors through SCORE. Check out our Events page for SCORE Mentor Office Hours hosted at the Lobo Rainforest Building or search for a mentor on the SCORE website.

Connect with Chaz Rose

Chaz Rose hosts regular Marketing Mentoring Hours where he provides guidance on all your marketing related questions. Visit our Events page for all current events.


If you have any questions about the program, please reach out to Cara Michaliszyn. 

Cara Michaliszyn

Director of Economic Development


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