About Us

“Grow from Within”

Philosophy

Our “Grow from Within” strategy focuses on creating industry-relevant skills programs, supporting entrepreneurs, helping existing firms expand and innovate and strengthening local assets that improve the economic prospects of local workers and industries. This is an approach that prioritizes the skills, infrastructure, capital and innovation needs of existing industries and emphasizes creating value and income in the economy through increased productivity and trade, especially from our advanced industries.

We seek to bring these resources into an innovation district to reduce transaction latency and increase the frequency of interaction among like-minded individuals.

At Innovate ABQ a special emphasis is placed on creating access points which are culturally comfortable to Burquenos (someone from Albuquerque). The physical embodiment of these access points may be one of our unique doorways, but also include portal programs which may be located within in Albuquerque’s rich and diverse communities. The goal is to allow anyone seeking to improve their income or living standard to become part of our Innovation Community and access new ideas, skills, capital and mentorship within an infrastructure that increases their chances of success.

Innovate ABQ does not seek to displace the many well-established programs innovation and entrepreneurship support programs that already exist in Albuquerque but rather to help align their services in an intentional way to reduce duplication, increase efficiency, improve the likelihood of outside investment in our community and provide access for all to Albuquerque’s Innovation Economy.

Our Team

John Freisinger

John Freisinger

Exec Director, Innovate ABQ

John Freisinger, former head of the now-defunct Technology Ventures Corp., will take over Oct. 3 as the first executive director of Innovate ABQ, the high-tech research and development hub taking shape at Central and Broadway in Downtown Albuquerque.

Daniel Dietz

Daniel Dietz

Project Mgr, InnovateABQ

Daniel Dietz, Project Manager, InnovateABQ, Inc.
(505) 585-2270 daniel@innovateabq.com

John Sanchez

John Sanchez

Lieutenant Governor, State of New Mexico

The Honorable John Sanchez, Lieutenant Governor, State of New Mexico.

Jeff Apodaca

Jeff Apodaca

Site Investor

Jeff Apodaca

Carlos Perea

Carlos Perea

Site Investor

Carlos Perea

Lonnie Talbert

Lonnie Talbert

Bernalillo County Commissioner

Bernalillo County Commissioner, District 4

Charles Wellborn

Charles Wellborn

Former President, STC.UNM

Former President, STC.UNM

Richard Larson

Richard Larson

Executive Vice Chancellor

Executive Vice Chancellor, Vice Chancellor for Research, UNM Health Sciences Center

Patricia K. Collawn

Patricia K. Collawn

President and CEO, PNM Resources

President and CEO, PNM Resources

Kathy Winograd

Kathy Winograd

President, CNM

President, Central New Mexico Community College

Richard Berry

Richard Berry

Former Mayor, City of Albuquerque

Former Mayor, City of Albuquerque

David Harris

David Harris

EVP of Administration, COO, CFO, University of New Mexico

EVP of Administration, COO, CFO, University of New Mexico

Chaouki Abdallah

Chaouki Abdallah

President, UNM

Chaouki Abdallah, President, University of New Mexico

Terry Laudick

Terry Laudick

Nusenda Credit Union, CEO

Nusenda Credit Union, CEO

Dr. Waneta Tuttle

Dr. Waneta Tuttle

Site Advisor

Dr. Waneta Tuttle