Launching your business further, faster.
Launching your business further, faster.

IGNITE Community Accelerator

IGNITE Community Accelerator

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Tom Darling
(505) 224-3822

Launching your business further, faster.

The IGNITE Community Accelerator helps local entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their business by providing opportunities to learn and grow. The IGNITE programs and events support entrepreneurship and fill gaps for people trying to build and grow businesses in New Mexico.

IGNITE 12-Week Program

The IGNITE 12-Week Program provides entrepreneurs with the business skills needed to move their companies forward, faster. The goal of the program is to provide training and support to entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of developing their business.


The 12-week program includes five full program days covering a variety of entrepreneurship curriculum:

  • Day 1 – Entrepreneurship 101 and Telling Your Story
  • Day 2 – Building Company Infrastructure
  • Day 3 – Marketing and Managing Your Business
  • Day 4 – Financial Literacy
  • Day 5 – Preparing for Lift-off

The program will culminate in IGNITE Day, where each company will showcase their product or service and pitch their business to the community.

Program Dates

IGNITE will launch applications in the fall of 2014 and will hold its first accelerator class in January 2015.


Enter your business idea.

Winners receive over $16,000 in a suite of prizes, including:

  • A free seat in the spring 2015 IGNITE 12-week program.
  • An iPad to help power your business.
  • Discount to the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp.
  • Co-working space at The STEMulus Center for 3 months.
  • 30-day guest access to the FUSE Makerspace.
  • $50 voucher for 3-D printing from The STEMulus Center.
  • 3 hours of mentoring from an industry expert.
  • Financial coaching from CNM Connect.

All entries must be received by October 17th. See the entry form for details.

EXPLORER Speaker Series

IGNITE partners with local economic development organizations to help celebrate leaders who embrace the entrepreneurial business spirit through support of the EXPLORER Entrepreneur Speaker Series.

The EXPLORER Speaker Series will not only recruit national business leaders to share their stories, but will also feature the experiences of many successful entrepreneurs around New Mexico.

The speaker series will be mandatory for IGNITE Accelerator businesses and will also be open to the public.

LAUNCH Entrepreneur Workshops

The LAUNCH entrepreneurial workshops will be targeted, 1-2 hour intensive training sessions that will cover a variety of business topics from the Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship curriculum:

  • The Power to Choose
  • Recognizing Opportunities
  • Ideas into Action
  • Pursuit of Knowledge
  • Creating Wealth
  • Building Your Brand
  • Creating Community
  • The Power of Persistence

The workshops also provide an opportunity for members of the community to gain valuable knowledge about entrepreneurship to help them operate in a fast-paced and constantly changing business environment.

The workshops will be mandatory for IGNITE Accelerator businesses and will also be open to the public.


20 1st Plaza Center NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102