ALBUQUERQUE ― Air Force Research Lab New Mexico announced the launch of a new program designed to leverage its resources, technology and personnel to bolster the entrepreneurial culture within its own laboratory, as well as the surrounding community.
The AFRL New Mexico Lab Launch 2017 is being developed in partnership with Wasabi Ventures and is based on the company’s proven Wasabi Ventures Technology Accelerator (WVTA) program.
For the Lab Launch 2017 program, Wasabi Ventures will identify individuals who are interested in becoming tech entrepreneurs and provide them the tools to develop their skills. Selected individuals will ultimately be teamed up, matched to existing technology from AFRL and tasked with developing plans to commercialize that technology.
At the end of a 24-week incubation process, which will take teams through technical due diligence, commercial viability and market validation of their startup commercialization plans, the teams will pitch to the local investment community, industry leaders, and other potential partners.
While recruitment for AFRL New Mexico Lab Launch 2017 is principally focused on scientists and engineers within AFRL, Wasabi Ventures will work to identify interested individual entrepreneurs drawn from across the state and the broader Wasabi Ventures network.
The firm will conduct extensive partner outreach across New Mexico to make municipalities, universities, and all other organizations serving the entrepreneurial ecosystem, aware of this program and the opportunity it offers to the members of their communities. The program is designed to be complementary to other programs, and to permit participants to leverage all additional non-program resources they may be eligible for.
AFRL New Mexico and Wasabi Ventures will host information sessions for those individuals interested in participating or finding out more about Lab Launch 2017. They are scheduled for:
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Project Y Cowork
150 Central Park Square
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Friday, November 11, 2016 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
3655 Research Drive, Genesis Center, Building C, Room 131
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Thursday, November 10, 2016 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
WESST Enterprise Center – Albuquerque
609 Broadway Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102