Stories

Telling the story of the VAF

In March of 2015, the Regional Development Corporation received a $248,946 Cluster Grant for Seed Capital Funds grant for the Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) Enhancement Project. The funding was provided to improve the performance and impact of the Venture Acceleration Fund’s existing seed fund by providing technical assistance to existing portfolio companies and by better connecting the ecosystem’s stakeholders. The Cluster Grant is administered by the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

 

Since then, the RDC is partnering with regional experts and organizations to help integrate the entrepreneurial ecosystem in northern New Mexico. Through a series of workshops, seminars,  and the establishment of a mentor network, the project’s goals are to provide assistance to existing and future high growth-potential Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) portfolio companies in order to better ensure success.

 

The RDC has been canvassing former VAF awardees to tell their stories, and also tell the story of the VAF in Northern New Mexico. We’re pleased to present these stories here.

VAF Presents: Ideum

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VAF Presents: Private Label Select

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Reverse Engineer Lab

Reverse Engineer Lab

With the Help of the VAF, Santa Fe Software Startup Advocates for Senior Citizens

Reverse Engineer Lab’s innovative app helps increase understanding of reverse mortgages

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NTXBio

NTxBIO

Drug Development Startup Uses VAF Funding to Secure Patents

NTxBIO emerges as a natural leader for the scientific community in Northern New Mexico

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EcoPesticides

EcoPesticides Poised to Impact the Biopesticides Market

VAF investment propels startup’s UV-protectant technology to market

 

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Tibbar Plasma

Tibbar Plasma Technologies

Patenting, Supported by VAF Funding, is Key for Local Startup

Tibbar Plasma Technologies Leverages VAF Funding to Secure Intellectual Property

 

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Etkie

Venture Acceleration Fund Fosters Creative Jobs in Native American Communities

Etkie On Track to Double Employee Rolls Annually

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IR Dynamics

VAF Award Allowed IR Dynamics to Take Their Ideas to the Next Level

Innovative, highly-insulating window films cut homeowners’ electricity costs

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Vizzia Technologies

Vizzia Technologies

VAF Funding Helped to Fuel Vizzia Technology’s “Internet of Things” Laboratory

Tech company’s focus on giving back to the community energizes Northern NM economy and brings internship and job opportunities to STEM students

 

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UbiQD

UbiQD

UbiQD Expects its Quantum Dot Technology Will Soon Be Ubiquitous

Startup founder says VAF helped the company fast-track growth

 

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Love+Leche

Love + Leche’s Handmade Products Enriched by VAF Investment

The Northern New Mexico Community is Central to Love + Leche

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Rio Grande Neurosciences

Rio Grande Neurosciences Paves the Way for New Central Nervous System Therapies Thanks to VAF Funding

When it Comes to Pitching, Practice Makes Perfect

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Southwest PPE

Venture Acceleration Fund Boosts Growth for Southwest PPE

Española business blazes forward with new equipment, software with VAF investment

 

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SportXast

SportXast Broadens the Playing Field for Student Athletes

Los Alamos startup’s innovative app helps teens share their own sports highlights

 

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