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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

We had an amazing 2013 and are looking forward to even more goodness in 2014!

Details are still coming together, but save the dates: April 25-27 for the Albuquerque area’s next Startup Weekend!



Apr 25
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
  • Finished for the day!


Apr 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Podcast Interviews
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Podcast Interviews
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day!


Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Podcast Interviews
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner/Snacks
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Scott Maloney

CEO/Co-Founder at Seed Worthy   |   LinkedIn

Company executive, co-founder, and multiple division leader with responsibility for crafting, implementing, and executing large scale strategic and operational initiatives with the overall goal of revenue generation, new business entry, and product development. Experience in Fortune 500 companies and technology startups.
Scott has a proven track record of value creating company-to-company contract and partnership tie ups as lead and co-lead negotiator.

As CEO of Seedworthy Scott brings to bear a wide range of skills and experience in nurturing technology startups, from inception of the business model through aggressive scale-up.

Lisa Abeyta

Founder and CEO, APPCityLife Inc.

Lisa is a visionary leader and entrepreneur, dedicated growing the civic tech mobile platform, APPCityLife, Inc., where she has served as Founder and CEO since 2009.

She is passionate about creating opportunities to inform, connect and inspire women in tech and entrepreneurship through her writing, speaking engagements, and coaching.

In an effort to bring new opportunities for professional development, support and advancement, she also cofounded Hautepreneurs, LLC, named the premiere peer network for New Mexican women entrepreneurs. Her cofounders include highly respected New Mexican business women Jessica Eaves Mathews and Hillary Randolph.

Her efforts are strengthening New Mexico’s local community, lead New Mexico into the future and put New Mexico on the map. She was named a 2014 Woman In Tech by New Mexico Technology Council as well as a Woman Of Influence for 2014 by Albuquerque Business First.

Lisa’s previously ran a successful freelance writing business, where she earned multiple awards and had her byline published in a wide variety of publications including Writer’s Market and Writer’s Digest as well as a humor column in the Albuquerque Tribune.


Mark Benak

CEO of Asset Performance Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Mark is a technologist, entrepreneur, and angel investor with over 25 years experience in engineering, business development, and company building. In addition to his current duties at APT, he also serves as Board Treasurer for the Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm and is an early investor in and served on the Board of Directors for Incitor, Inc. (now xF Technologies), a novel developer of synthetic enzymes for biofuels. Previously, Mark completed consulting projects through his own company Southwest Solutions House LLC in the areas of economic development in New Mexico, business management, recruiting and retention, and market validation for new medical technologies. Prior to Southwest, Mark was part of a team that founded and operated InLight Solutions, Inc., an Albuquerque-based medical technology startup whose mission is to provide optical solutions for life sciences applications. Before InLight, Mark was a staff scientist with the institute for fluid mechanics (LSTM) at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg. Prior to LSTM, Mark was a research engineer with Daimler-Benz AG in Germany. Mark received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Stanford University in Mechanical Engineering.

Ross Chaney

Economic Development Specialist at City of Santa Fe   |   LinkedIn

Ross is currently working for the City of Santa Fe, NM, in the Economic Development Division supporting the expansion of entrepreneurial & creative communities. Previously Ross was the Business Programs Director at the Santa Fe Business Incubator, in partnership with regional entrepreneurial support organizations, such as Venture Acceleration Fund, NM Tech Council, Start-Up Weekend NM, & the Bio Science Center of ABQ.

Lawrence Chavez

CEO Lotus Leaf Coatings, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Lawrence is CEO of Lotus Leaf Coatings, Inc. a manufacturer and distributor of of superhydrophobic (Water Repellent) and superhydrophilic (Water Loving) coatings. In addition, he has been an active investor both as an angel investor and seed stage venture capitalist. Lawrence serves as a Venture Partner at Flywheel Ventures and previously managed Flywheel’s New Mexico Gap Fund I, seed fund. Lawrence Chavez has over 20 years of finance and operations management experience in a variety of entrepreneurial and startup businesses.

Gary Oppedahl

Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque

Gary Oppedahl is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Albuquerque. A serial entrepreneur who has fostered many start-ups in New Mexico and Silicon Valley, he is a key catalyst in the effort to increase technology commercialization in Albuquerque. Oppedahl plans on creating an entrepreneurial environment that will identify opportunities for growth, innovation, and job creation. By facilitating the commercialization of research, generated by Sandia National Laboratories and the University of New Mexico, Oppedahl envisions going from being reliant on government jobs, to being the ground floor for mind to market businesses. He plans to transform the city by building on the government funded, groundbreaking research already being done. Oppedahl recently came to the public sector as a business owner with awards such as Top CEO and Best Innovator.

Katie Szczepaniak Rice

Senior Associate Epic Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Katie Szczepaniak Rice is a Senior Associate and head of the New Mexico office for Epic Ventures, an early-stage technology venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in software and technology, and she is on the boards of Lavu Inc., DOTGO and Figaro. Prior to joining Epic, Katie was a strategic market analyst at Cabot Corporation in advanced materials for alternative energy markets. Before Cabot, Katie was a consultant with Kline & Co., a management consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging businesses. Before Kline, Katie was a field engineer in the energy sector for Schlumberger in France.

Katie is the president of the Coronado Ventures Forum, and she has advisory and board positions with several industry and community organizations including WESST, NMVCA, the UNM Economic Development Advisory Group, and the Los Alamos National Labs Venture Acceleration Fund. Katie has taught a class in technology entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Business, and she has been selected as a New Mexico “40 Under Forty” business leader.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is based in Albuquerque, NM.

Community Partners

R. Bruce Pitt

President and Owner at RBP Consulting Group LLC   |   LinkedIn

R. Bruce Pitt has over 35 years of experience as a software developer, engineering, project manager, systems analyst, test manager, engineering senior vice president, business development vice president, business architect, systems architect, technology and intellectual property evaluator, firmware developer, operating system and device driver developer, applications developer, and internet technologies developer. Mr. Pitt has worked for several Fortune 500 companies and is a veteran of ten startups, three with successful exits. He has developed products from concept to production to deployment in the Financial Services, Avionics and In-Flight Entertainment, Defense, Medical Instrumentation, Commercial/Retail Computer Hardware, Telephony, Internet Infrastructure Hardware and Appliances, and Communications Industries. In his last startup, Mr. Pitt worked in the position of CTO and was ultimately given responsibility for all company operations and management as President. In this role, he grew revenues by 50%, built a small development group in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and managed overseas development and supportteams. Mr. Pitt until recently was a member of the Orange County Techcoast Angels organization, an angel investment group investing in, mentoring, and evaluating early stage startups. Mr. Pitt was a mentor at Chapman University in their Entrepreneurs in Residence program.
Mr. Pitt current is working as a consultant/architect primarily in financial trading systems, online trading and brokerage systems, order management systems, financial vendor assessment, and market data feeds.

Peter Atherton

Peter Atherton received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Penn State University, a Master of Architectural Science from Cornell University and a PhD in Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Following several years of hands-on research and development, he has held executive leadership roles at GE’s Global Research Center, two mid-size manufacturing corporations and two successful venture-backed technology companies. In his current role, Dr. Atherton leads the Sandia’s Partnerships organizations responsible for intellectual property, licensing, partnership agreements and economic development including Sandia’s Science and Technology Park and the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program.

Andrea Archuleta

CEO Delicious

Andrea M. Archuleta is a business consultant specializing in business development spanning multiple industries. Work over the last 10 years has included the setup of complex distribution channels in multiple countries throughout the world, IP evaluation and acquisition, marketing, and guiding start-ups and established companies through the complex lifecycle of operations. Her focus is on filling the strategy and corporate development gaps facing most startups that require a global perspective. She supports venture capital partners and activities in company operations and due diligence of investments. Andrea holds an MBA from the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Management, in both International Management and Latin America Management.

Matthew Ayoub

Matthew Ayoub is an entrepreneur, real estate investor and UI/UX designer. He is the founder of Media Trove LLC, a technology startup building, a new background music service for businesses. When he is not at Media Trove, Matthew manages his real estate investment company, Alpha Arietis LLC, which provides office and retail space to local small businesses. Matthew has participated in both Startup Weekend Santa Fe and Startup Weekend Albuquerque events, once as a team lead and again as a designer, each time as part of a finalist team.

Steve Cook

Stephen Cook is a serial entrepreneur based in Albuquerque, NM. Stephen earned his B.S. in Physics from New Mexico Tech, and his MBA from UNM. He has worked in everything from small start-ups and multinational corporations, and spends most of his time focusing on Internet-based applications and software technologies, including predictive analytics, sales and marketing, and technology development.  For the past few years, Stephen has been focusing on helping others develop successful technology based companies through his work at Technology Ventures Corporation as well as private consulting. Stephen’s technical specialties include rapid and agile development, proof-of-concept development, database and schema design, network architecture, front and back-end web development, LAMP stack, Amazon web services, search engines, SEO, “big data”, Hadoop, clustered computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and business intelligence. His other skills include: marketing research (particularly in the software and web markets), social and Internet marketing, market analysis, value analysis, Internet strategy, start-up creation, e-commerce, and conversion optimization.

Emily H. Griebel

Emily H Griebel is an Albuquerque native, is a marketing strategist with almost 20 years of experience. Emily has worked at some of the top advertising agencies in the country, ran her own consulting business, and is currently the Director of Accounts at Esparza Advertising. She also writes a monthly column for the "Beyond Madison Avenue" blog on Talent Zoo and has a BBA in Marketing from Texas Christian University. Emily enjoys being the mom of two girls, playing and watching sports, and the occasional vodka gimlet.

Dan Martinez

Managing Director, Puyé Analytical LLC

Dan Martinez has over 25 years launching new products and services in competitive markets – domestic and international. He currently is the Managing Director for Puyé Analytical LLC, a consulting firm based in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Dan Martinez has spent his career in market/business development, technical R&D and General Management. Dan has a broad experience base including engineering plastics application development for E.I. DuPont to infrastructure/market development for major International Beverage Brands throughout Latin America. Interspersed were sidebar market development project assignments for The Coca-Cola Company in Johannesburg, South Africa and Shanghai, China. He subsequently crisscrossed the U.S. integrating a step-change super insulation technology (fumed silica vacuum insulation panels) into nascent application. He maintains his skill set with the addition of web development technologies (HTML5, CSS, JavaScript) and web site search optimization and marketing (SEO, SEM, SMM).

John Mierzwa

John Mierzwa is CEO & Founder of Deep Dive Coders, a web development and programming bootcamp in Albuquerque. John has been VP of Sales & Operations for a $218M company and founder of a successful language school. He is founding Co-Chair of Startup New Mexico and a co-founder of the ABQ Tech Fiesta. John is passionate about startups, business and education, and especially about the opportunities when they intersect.

Tommy Thompson

Tommy Thompson specializes in business and corporate financial planning and business valuation. His 40 year career includes experience in international consulting, mergers & acquisitions, finance, strategic planning. His industry experience covers a wide variety, including manufacturing, software and high-tech hardware. Tommy earned a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College of Clinton, New York and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is a licensed CPA in New Mexico, and is a member of several professional societies. Tommy has served as CFO and COO for two startups, one of which exited successfully via an IPO. The other was sold. As Director of Corporate Development for a manufacturing firm, he was responsible for seven acquisitions that doubled the size of the firm and tripled its shareholder value. As a business valuation consultant, he completed over 50 assignments in a wide range of industries.

Eric Renz-Whitmore
R. Bruce Pitt
Nyika Allen
Webb Johnson
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