Student Pitch Competition Fund

Support student entrepreneurs in pitching their ideas at the Innovate New Mexico™ Student Pitch Competition!

STC.UNM and the UNM Innovation Academy is hosting its 3rd Idea Pitch Competition on April 25.  This time we are expanding the event to include any university students from the state of New Mexico creating the “Innovate New Mexico™ Student Pitch Competition”. We invite you to join us to make this a community initiative and to help recognize our student entrepreneurs in the state. Pitch competitions are opportunities for aspiring student entrepreneurs to present their innovative ideas for products, services or technologies in 60-90 second presentations before entrepreneurs, investors, and business professionals in the community.

We are seeking donations for prize money for the students.

Students will submit a 60-90 second elevator pitch video outlining an idea for a new product, service, project or solution; social (not for profit) and for profit. The videos will be uploaded and a panel of successful entrepreneurs and business leaders from the community will judge all candidates in both categories. Finalists will be invited to the live Pitch Competition on the evening of April 25, 2016 where the audience will vote for the top winners.   Tops winners will receive prize money.  Prizes will depend on the amount of donations and sponsorships received.  If you are student interested in participating, please submit your application and video at:,

Register here to be part of this exciting event!

See press releases from our past events:

STC.UNM Hosts Inaugural Elevator Pitch Competition

STC and Innovation Academy’s 2nd Annual Pitch Competition Showcases Student Ideas

Student Testimonial – “Something I really liked about the competition was that it was accessible. [... ] STC’s competition is accessible for UNM students who are beginning entrepreneurs. And of course the resources […] offered to all finalists after the competition ended were pretty nice too.”

STC.UNM is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation with an independent board of directors.  To foster a Rainforest in the Desert, STC.UNM nurtures innovation and economic development for the UNM community. 

About UNM Innovation Academy
UNM is incubating a new program that is an innovation in learning theory itself.  Called the Innovation Academy (iA), it’s a mindset, it’s for everyone, and it’s a new, nontraditional curriculum.  While the Innovate ABQ concept is a movement to transform New Mexico’s economy, the Innovation Academy concept is a movement to transform higher education. UNM is a knowledge supply chain full of innovative ideas that iA, UNM’s very own start-up, is bringing to fruition. 

About Innovate New Mexico™
Innovate New Mexico™ is a partnership among the leading technology-transfer organizations in the state: STC, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Air Force Research Laboratory to create a “front door” to their technologies through colocation. Innovate New Mexico™ will accelerate technology commercialization, support job creation, and contribute to economic growth and an innovation economy through the creation and development of new companies. This united entrance to the state’s innovation ecosystem is the vision that will make New Mexico “The State of Innovation” by 2020.

We thank you for any support you can provide.

Thank you to our sponsors!


  • Charles Wellborn
    • $100 
    • 8 yrs


Cara Michaliszyn
Albuquerque, NM
Registered nonprofit
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