Blackfish Educational Apps
Nathaniel Tafoya (MOT), Tom Anderson (Experienced Partner)
A cross-platform, children’s book app publishing and lending company utilizing licensing patent-pending technology and unique systems processes.
Mario Santiago Rojas Carbonell (MCHE, PSM-NSMS), Joseph Doherty (MBA, MOT)
A solution to developing nations' cell phone charging issues.
Arien Gessner (EMBA), Alexandra Nieman (EMBA)
A predictive analytics tool for managing the purchasing cycles of consumables for households and small businesses.
The UNM Technology Business Plan Competition encourages UNM students from all UNM schools and colleges to collaborate on teams that commercialize technology products developed at UNM, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos National Lab, or elsewhere in the state. These student-owned startup firms bring inventions from lab to market and have the potential to boost New Mexico's economic development through job and wealth creation. The TBPC offers the participating teams exposure to community business leaders and to potential funding for their firms.
The complete rules contain helpful information and should be read thoroughly as a first step in the process.
NOTE: The Technology Business Plan Competition (TBPC) is specifically focused on creating new technology companies with proprietary intellectual property, firms that can be funded by venture and/or angel capital groups. The TBPC is not open to projects better suited to the Entrepreneurial Challenge (EC), even if the project includes a technology component. Students should check with Dr. Sul Kassicieh, email@example.com, early in the process if they are not certain which competition is a better fit.
SEMINARS: The series of six seminars is sponsored by Los Alamos National Laboratory and helps to prepare students for the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition. A leading professional in the field of accounting, business finance, new business funding, technology management, business plan presentation skills, or other related area will offer students an extension of the knowledge they gain in the classroom.
"The UNM Technology Business Plan Competition is an unprecedented opportunity in my academic experience. I am not sure that without it my partners and I would be pursuing our own start-up firm. The competition allows students from diverse backgrounds to get their feet wet by meeting entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, scientists and engineers. It allows the opportunity to exercise all the business disciplines within a real business paradigm. This competition was the capstone of my MBA education."
J.B. Tuttle, Marketing Director for Microtection, LLC. Microtection (formerly MicroHound) won the $25,000 Michael Gallegos Prize for Entrepreneurship in 2009 and is working to commercialize a portable trace explosives and narcotics detector developed at Sandia National Laboratories.
Web site: http://microtection.com/