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February 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST

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Get ready for an evening of innovation, inspiration, and networking! ActivateNM’s Startup Fiestas are back, and we can’t wait to bring the entrepreneurial community together on February 29th.

Everyone is Welcome!

What’s Happening?

  • Fast Pitches: Experience high-energy, 60-second pitches from 5 dynamic entrepreneurs. CASH PRIZES!!
  • Startup Showcase: Meet 14 of New Mexico’s promising startups.
  • Featured Founder: Gain insights from Sharmin Dharas, MD, CEO of HERstory Hospitality and founder of Hotel Zazz.
  • Free Food and Drinks: Enjoy complimentary appetizers and 2 drink tickets, courtesy of SVEDC Partners and our sponsors.
    • VARA Wines
    • Casa Cocktails
    • Los Alebrijes
    • Las Golondrinas Pie Company
    • DAWGS For A Cause
  • FREE Admission: Thanks to the generous funding from the City of Albuquerque, attendance is free for all!


  • 5:00 PM: Doors Open & Networking
  • 5:30 PM: Featured Founder, Fast Pitches
  • 5:45 PM: Showcase & Networking
  • 7:30 PM: See you next time!

When & Where

  • February 29th 5:00-PM-7:30PM
  • Q Station: 3225 Central Avenue Northeast Albuquerque, NM 87106

Featured Founder – Sharmin S. Dharas, MD.

Sharmin Salim Dharas, MD

Chief Experience Officer at Herstory Hospitality and founder of Hotel Zazz

Two-time published author, Gemini, Vivacious colorful person, and lover of chocolate.

Dr. Sharmin Dharas is half human, half free spirit superwoman hellbent on empowering and educating women. She’s not only a doctor, but also the owner and founder of Hotel ZAZZ as well as a children’s book author specializing in oh- so-cute-I-could-hug-you adventure fantasy that manifests into semi-reality.

A New Mexican native with Zanzibari Heritage, Dr. Dharas voluntarily dedicates her time in East Africa. She uses her passion, education, and whimsical creative skills for storytelling as a newly published children’s book author, an entrepreneur who built the colorful world of Hotel ZAZZ that was recognized by FORBES as one of seventy-seven must see hotels around the world, as well as the creator and visionary for Usafii Beauty that has a mission to measure success by empowerment. When she’s not ZAZZifying alternate universes or helping people on this planet. Dr. Dharas enjoys dance parties with her bright face daughter Shayrooz, swimming in tropical waters, and watching every Netflix show possible. Her talents include being a prolific talker, being a serial entrepreneur, living life colorfully, and accidentally making people more optimistic.

Pitchers-$1,000 for Winner!


  • Los Alebrijes
  • The Sprouting Kitchen
  • Casa Cocktails
  • Las Golondrinas Pie Company
  • DAWGS For A Cause




  • Casa Cocktails
  • Roofs
  • So Be It Wear
  • Skills USA NM
  • Flow Aluminum
  • Northstar MicroHomes
  • Symbiosis New Mexico
  • ORC Tech
  • MNT SmartSoultions
  • The Sprouting Kitchen
  • Bee Wild Outside
  • Fundaxi
  • Teeniors
  • The Sprouting Kitchen



Important Information:


February 29
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm MST
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Q Station
3225 Central Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
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