Entrepreneurs of color are disproportionately impacted when it comes to economic access and opportunities compared to their white counterparts. At today’s pace of change, it will take too long to reach wealth equality. In New Mexico we struggle with this, in addition to the lack of economic diversification, relying heavily on the oil and gas industry. We need to develop an inclusive diversified economy for the future of New Mexico.
The New Mexico BIPOC Entrepreneurs Initiative will make a step change by helping BIPOC entrepreneurs to build sustainable wealth in their communities through entrepreneurial empowerment, and expansion of their network and ecosystem of supporters to ensure they have access to investments, resources, and knowledge.
How might we come together to radically reimagine the ecosystem and disrupt systemic barriers so that BIPOC businesses – and their communities – flourish?
We will be launching a mentoring initiative to elevate BIPOC entrepreneurs.
We are kicking off the initiative with a webcast fireside featuring R. Martin Chavez, an alumnus of the Albuquerque Academy and one of the most accomplished latino entrepreneurs and executives in the country. He founded Quorum Software Systems, served as CFO of Goldman Sachs and is currently on the board of Alphabet, parent company to Google. He currently advises venture backed startups like Recursion.
The event will feature presentations and a panel from highly accomplished New Mexican BIPOC entrepreneurs including: Monica Jojola, Founder and CEO of Montech Incorporated, an Information Technology, Training & Instructional Design, General Business Support Services with over 100 employees serving the Government.
Ray Quintana Is the Global President of Devvio Inc. the World’s Leading Blockchain Technology company. He is also currently the Managing Director and Co-founder at Devvio VC the Corporate Evergreen ESG Impact Fund and previously has held leadership positions at Robert Bosch Corporation.
Chad Cooper, founder of One Hope Financial Institution to strengthen small businesses in African American and other communities of color and a leading local financial advisor. Chad previously founded NMbars.com which currently operates at 999Dine.com.
Andy Lim who organically grew Albuquerque based LAVU in 4 years to millions in revenue, billions in processed transactions, reaching 85+ countries and thousands of happy customers. He currently leads Addmi, a completely Free (forever), simple to setup Online Ordering and POS system with QRCode that is featured as the registration platform for this event.
Dr. Kristina Trujillo, founder of T-Neuro Pharma, a bioscience startup and participant in the Los Alamos National Laboratories LEEP program. Dr. Trujillo was a professor and researcher at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine for over 10 years. She published 22 peer-reviewed articles and received grants from NIH (R21, R01), American Cancer Society and DOD. She has been involved in consulting for multiple biotech start-up companies. She has also completed a sabbatical at Great Point Ventures, a VC firm in San Francisco.
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