NM Angels bucking, leading national trends (ABF)

Article published by Albuquerque Business First – April 28, 2015 by Dan Mayfield, Reporter “New Mexico’s angel investors are seeing many of the same things that the rest of the country is seeing. But not everything. The recently released Halo Report by the Angel Resource Institute said that, nationally in 2014, deal sizes and valuations went up for the year. Not so much in New Mexico, however, said John Chavez, president of the New Mexico Angels. “It’s about the same” as last year in New Mexico, Chavez…

NMA Welcomes Village Capital to ABQ & Partners to Help Water Start-Ups

NMWatVC

Join us for Coffee on Friday, May 1: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/village-capital-meet-greet-with-ross-baird-executive-director-tickets-16755058832 The New Mexico Angels are thrilled to welcome Village Capital to Albuquerque. NMA’s VP of Business Development, Dorian Rader will be assisting the program with Village Capital’s John O’Sullivan in bringing their Water Technology accelerator program to the city this summer and fall. During three, four-day workshops over the course of three months, 12 selected seed/start-up ventures will experience VilCap’s award winning curriculum to help them scale their business and become investment ready. Upon completion of the…

Chavez Featured in Albuquerque the Magazine

John Chavez Albuquerque the Magazine

What will John Chavez say after a few beers? Tom from Albuquerque the Magazine wanted to find out in the March Issue of the publication. In the article Tom and John discuss what an Angel Investor is, how they work and if it’s worth the return. Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Tom: When you’re looking for a company in which to invest, what do you look for?” “Chavez: You’re trying to find those really cool things that have a market need, but there are…

EcoPesticides Closes Series A Round

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150120005207/en/EcoPesticides-Closes-Series#.VL7kP0fF-LU ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EcoPesticides International, a New Mexico-based startup company developing “green” biologic pesticides with proprietary, performance-enhancing encapsulation technology, has announced the completion of its $400,000 Series A Round of funding. As part of its initial investment round, EcoPesticides secured funding from the New Mexico Startup Factory, an affiliate of the New Mexico Angels; the New Mexico Angels; the University of New Mexico Co-Investment Fund; and a private venture firm based in Nevada. The funds will advance EcoPesticides’ technology, support operations and secure research/development partners….

NMBF: Aqua Access ships first wave of orders

New Mexico Business First, Dan Mayfield “After three years, Rodney Herrington is finally on the go with his h2go water purifier. Just before the end of the year, his company, Aqua Access, received and shipped its first fully packaged water purifiers, which he invented in Albuquerque. “Now that we have a product, it’s marketing and distribution, and now we have to populate warehouses,” he said. He said he’ll need even more capital to do that. So far, he’s raised several hundred thousand dollars through angel…

Sponsor Spotlight: Arrowhead Center

NMSU Arrowhead Center Sponsor

Meet Our Newest Sponsor: The Arrowhead Center @ NMSU We are proud to announce our new sponsor and partner, the Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University! Arrowhead was created by NMSU to be an engine for sustainable economic development, by leveraging innovation, and converting ideas into marketable technologies. The Arrowhead Center also encompasses the Office of Intellectual Property for the University to protect, manage, and commercialize the creative products that of result from research performed there. We are thrilled to be working with them and to have them…

NM Start-Up Factory’s EPI Gets Funded

EcoPesticides International received $89,000 from the University of New Mexico’s Co-Investment Fund. The new funds,  increase the company’s total to $400,000 raised. The co-investment fund also triggered a $50,000 investment from a new investor. “We’re making good use, and we have a lab in Santa Fe,” John Chavez said. “That triggered more runway, too. We can go to the end of 2015 without any other fund-raising.” Read the full article at : Albuquerque Business First: UNM Foundation Invest in Local Startup in Another VC Style…

McCorkle & SSTP Create Billions In Economic Activity

Longtime friend and advocate of the Angels, Sherman McCorkle and his partners at the Sandia Science and Technology Park were recognized last week for their work on the East side of town. Since 1998 the SSTP has generated billions in economic activity. The Economic Impact Report happens every two years as a partnership between STTP, MRCOG, the City of Albuquerque and Bernallillo County. By The Numbers (since 1998): Currently houses 37 companies in 25 buildings with 2,470 employees $89 million in State of New Mexico…

ABQ Journal: One on One with John Chavez

John Chavez New Mexico Angels

NMA President John Chavez was interviewed by Jessica Dyer today to give readers a background on the organization’s leader. Everything from fun facts about his favorite foods, to the time he worked in a silver mine in Idaho. Below are a few paragraphs from the article. Full article can be found at: http://www.abqjournal.com/482782/biz/one-on-one-with-john-chavez.html “John Chavez sees opportunity everywhere. At 16, he saw it down the street. He used his father’s lawn mower to launch a neighborhood lawn-care operation, one he grew into a five-employee outfit that…

Angels Invest in BowTie; Bowtie Wins $30k

Bowtie wins TVC Deal Stream Summit New Mexico Angels

Albuquerque’s Seed Worthy (and their product Bowtie) and the New Mexico Angels have closed on a $150,000 investment. BowTie’s proprietary software simplifies hosting and development of complex software for developers. It’s ability to launch complex programming systems saves developers time and energy, while allowing them to get instant market evaluations and feedback. The funding dollars will be used to further develop the company in preparation for their formal launch. More developers will be hired and money will also be used to help get more customers…

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