Trinity Accelerator

Intrepreneur Training for Industry, Academia, and Government

The Trinity Accelerator will accelerate collaborations between the federal government, industry and academia in the spirit of how successful startup companies create value and generate new products for their customers.

Next Cohort Starts August 30, 2022!
Application deadline: August 25, 2022


Cultivate Your Organization for Curiosity, Connection, and Creating Value​

Each cohort will come together for entrepreneurial training and programming, including lean startup methodologies, that help teams get collaborative ideas off the ground.

The focus of these cohorts is on capacity building, community building, and entrepreneurial training rather than specific product development or service innovation projects, although we do anticipate exciting new product and service concepts to be borne out of the program efforts.

Learning Objectives


Entrepreneurial Mindset

It starts with mindset. Are you and your organization oriented toward growth or fixed on the status quo?ㅤㅤㅤㅤ
Learn methods to set your mind towards growth


Creating Value

How does your customer’s life change for the better after using your product or service? Are you solving the right problem, for the right person, with the right solution?ㅤ
Learn tools like the Value Proposition Canvas.


Customer Discovery

Do you know your customer’s journey? What forces are pushing them towards action? What is their actual pain? When did they start looking for solutions? What are alternative solutions? What leads them to their solution?ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ
Learn tools for understanding your customer’s journey, conducting customer interviews, and validating your assumptions.


Business Modeling

What is important to start a business or project? What are our assumptions and what needs to be validated? How do we avoid traps and improve the probability of success? ㅤㅤ

Learn tools like the Lean Canvas for one-page business modeling.


Pitching & Presentations

You have 15 seconds to hook your audience, 2 minutes to make it relevant, and 5 minutes to convince your audience.
Learn tools like a Message Map and rules for “sticky” pitches

Program Schedule

Tuesday – August 30 | 8:30am – 4:00pm

Thursday – September 1 | 8:30 am – 4:00pm

Friday – September 9 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Monday  – September 12 | 12:00 – 4:00pm

Thursday – September 15 | 12:00 – 4:00pm

Monday – September 19 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Thursday – September 22 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday – September 27 | 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Program Details


  • Location: Q Station, 3225 Central Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106. The most value comes from being in person but some exceptions can be made for virtual attendance.
  • 40 Hours of Curriculum broken into 8 and 4 hour sessions over several weeks. (See cohort schedule for dates and details above).
  • 12 Participants per Cohort
  • Participants are from either industry, academia, or federal government.
  • No cost to participants. Funding for Trinity Accelerator generously provided by EDA (the U.S. Economic Development Administration).
  • Curriculum consists of live instruction on entrepreneurial and lean concepts and tools, talks from guest experts, group and individual exercises, and a final project.
  • Final Project:
    • Participants will use the learned tools and techniques to:
    • Identify pains in their everyday lives – home, work, shopping, etc. – but related to a societal theme:  energy, water, or security
    • Vote for their favorite pain, 
    • Conduct customer discovery, 
    • Develop their customers’ jobs-to-be-done, 
    • Hypothesize a solution, 
    • Develop a value proposition, 
    • Develop a lean canvas model
    • Deliver a 5 minute pitch for their solution
    • Deliver a presentation on their journey from identifying the pain, customer discovery, pivots, hypothesis testing and validation, and solution

Our Partners

The New Mexico Trade Alliance partners with local, state and federal government to provide export assistance to New Mexico companies.

As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in facilitating regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation.

Air Force Research Laboratory is the Air Force’s only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace.

Q Station allows aerospace, directed energy and related tech companies to work more seamlessly with government entities and private industry to encourage better, faster innovation.


Ready to reach new heights? Let's get there, together.

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