LCSN: Las Cruces joining statewide Startup Weekend

November 9, 2015. Retrieved online November 9, 2015 from Jason Gibbs, Las Cruces Sun-News

Third annual gathering could see local business win state funding

[Excerpts below reprinted with permission: Read the complete Las Cruces Sun-News article]

LAS CRUCES — It’s billed as 54 hours of intense training for entrepreneurs and, if you are up for the marathon, there is a chance it could launch a career.

Kenny Jacobs; winner of last year’s Startup Week Las Cruces; celebrates during the 2013 workshop. Jacobs is a co-organizer of this year's event which will begin Friday at NMSU's Arrowhead Center. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Kenny Jacobs, winner of last year’s Startup Week Las Cruces, celebrates during the 2013 workshop. Jacobs is a co-organizer of this year’s event which will begin Friday at NMSU’s Arrowhead Center. (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Las Cruces is among three cities taking part in New Mexico’s Statewide Startup Weekend, which begins Friday and runs through Sunday night. This year, the third year Las Cruces has participated along wtih Albuquerque and Santa Fe, marks a change from previous years as experts from around the state and country use technology to share information among all three cities simultaneously. The event will connect all three cities, with sessions to be held at the Santa Fe Business Incubator in Santa Fe; Fat Pipe, Eipcenter & ABQid in Albuquerque; and Arrowhead Center on New Mexico State University’s campus in Las Cruces.

“Unique this year is New Mexico will be the first and only integrated statewide startup weekend,” said Zetdi Sloan, director of the technology incubator at the NMSU Arrowhead Center.

Participants will begin Friday evening with brainstorming sessions to pitch ideas for development. Through a voting process, top candidates will be selected and teams formed to develop a business plan and pitch it.

The top project for each city will be selected Sunday night and will immediately go before a panel of judges. The winner will receive $2,000 in development assistance from the state’s Economic Development Department.

This year’s event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and culminate with judging and awards on Nov. 15 at Arrowhead Park, 4605 Research Park Circle in Las Cruces. Tickets are $75, and tickets for high school and college students are $25. Cost includes meals, refreshments and prizes. Startup Weekend Las Cruces is the only startup event taking place in Southern New Mexico. Participants from around the region are welcome to attend.

New Mexico’s Statewide Startup Weekend will be fully collaborative and connected with a shared opening speaker, two shared Saturday workshops, a common closing speaker and a final pitch competition between the three communities to crown the very first Statewide Startup Weekend winner in history.

For more information or to register, go to http://newmexico.startupweekend.org/.


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