KRWG News: ‘StartupBus’ Stops In Las Cruces

Startup Weekend Las Cruces: Video by Arrowhead Center

Published on Jun 26, 2014 by Arrowhead Center.
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Published on Mar 5, 2014
Who needs sleep to start a new company?

“In the last 24 hours I would say I got one hour of sleep,” said a co-conductor for StartupBus, Dominick Pham.

Many of the people who showed up at the Arrowhead Research Center at NMSU were working on very little of it.

“We got into Las Cruces at…4:30am.”

The group was one of several across the country taking part in a three-day competition called StartupBus. The goal is to start your own technology business.

Co-conductor of this group, Dominick Pham, says everything that happens along the way is more about the journey than the destination.

“…So it’s not really about the prize in the end. What you get is bragging rights.”

While there’s no guaranteed prize for projects the teams come up with, Pham tells KRWG News that investors are usually waiting at the trip’s final destination in San Antonio, anxious to hear what everyone came up with.

“At the same time, there have been companies that have gone on to get funding…panel…are high caliber investors.”

On this leg of the trip, a group who called their company ‘Beander’ proposed a new website detailing more information on coffee beans roasted for very small companies.

“Having unprecedented access to high quality beans…their businesses.”

One member of that group, Tatiana Becker, owns a few small coffee shops in Seattle.

“I buy my beans from other roasters…not a problem I have, but it’s still a problem very close to me.”

Kramer Winningham, a full-time program manager at Arrowhead, was one of the people giving business advice.

“And then we’re finding that…and that’s almost all you need to say about the problem.”

The journey takes Becker’s ‘Beander’ team and two others – on to San Antonio, where they will meet six other teams from across the country. They will also likely meet investors interested in the best and brightest ideas.

Hopefully, some of them will be awake enough to talk about their ideas.

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