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

IGNITE Community Accelerator

IGNITE Community Accelerator

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 eleven full program days covering a variety of entrepreneurship curriculum:

  • Day 1 – Entrepreneurship 101
  • Day 2 – Telling Your Story
  • Day 3 – Building Company Infrastructure
  • Day 4 – Pursuit of Knowledge
  • Day 5 – Marketing and Branding
  • Day 6 – Managing Your Business
  • Day 7 – Financial Literacy
  • Day 8 – Building a Success Network
  • Day 9 – Planning
  • Day 10 – Preparing for Lift-off
  • Day 11 – IGNITE Day Practice

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


IGNITE Day for the Fall 2015 cohort is Friday, December 14 from 3:00–5:00 p.m. in the Richard Barr Boardroom on CNM’s main campus.

Join us to experience our companies pitching their businesses and demoing their products as part of the Ignite Community Accelerator Program! Learn how you can support these local startup companies! We are featuring our summer cohort, including three international companies. We’ll also have updates from companies who participated in our Spring class.

Seating is limited, please RSVP to reserve your spot for this event.

Take a look at the demo day from the spring 2015 cohort.


  • Fall 2015 Program: September 18 – December 11
  • Application Deadline: September 7

Criteria to Apply

  • Start-ups and early-stage companies less than 3 years old may apply.
  • The business must have plans to grow by at least five full-time employees (FTE’s) in addition to the founder(s) or existing workforce within three years.
  • Non-profit organizations are ineligible.
  • Your business idea must be original work.
  • CNM and Non-CNM students are encouraged to apply.

Team: Putting together the right team is critical to any business. Some businesses that apply to IGNITE will already have a team in place and some companies will not. You are still eligible to apply to IGNITE if you are an individual or solo entrepreneur.

Business Model: Your business model explains how you make money with your product or service. If you have not started your business, it describes how you plan to make money.

Business Structure: You are eligible to apply to IGNITE if your company is still in the idea stage. If so, please discuss what you have done with the idea up to this point so we understand how far along you are in the formation of the actual company.

After your business participates in the IGNITE Community Accelerator, we stay in touch. All businesses that successfully generate revenue (or pre-existing businesses who increase revenue) are required to share 3% of their annual gross revenue with the program for a period of 5 years. The revenue share is used to support the IGNITE Community Accelerator (and other STEMulus Center programs), allowing successful graduates of the Accelerator to help those just starting out achieve the same results.

Apply to the IGNITE Community Accelerator


Complete the application to the IGNITE Community Accelerator to the best of your abilities. If items do not apply to your business or idea at this stage, mark N/A. If you have questions about the IGNITE Community Accelerator Application, or are overwhelmed by the information requested, please contact our team at the STEMulus Center or at (505) 710-0530 and we will guide you through the application.

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