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 10-Week Program
The IGNITE 10-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 10-week program includes eight full program days covering a variety of entrepreneurship curriculum:
- Day 1 – Entrepreneurship 101
- Day 2 – Exploring Your Business Model
- Day 3 – Identifying Your Customer
- Day 4 – Managing Your Business
- Day 5 – Building Your Success Network
- Day 6 – Financial Management
- Day 7 – Marketing & Branding Your Business
- Day 8 – Developing Your Plan of Action
- Day 9 – IGNITE Day Practice
- Day 10 – IGNITE DAY! Each company showcases their product or service and pitch their business to the community.
Spring 2018 Program
Program Facilitator: Karen Hanthorn-Rhodes
Program Dates: March 16th through May 18, 2018
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.
Apply to the IGNITE Community Accelerator
Submit your company application for the Spring program when the application portal opens January 8, 2018! Applications will be accepted through March 4th and the companies selected to participate will be contacted by March 6, 2018.
CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113 (map)