UNM Anderson School Completes First Round of Accelerator Program

May 29, 2024 - Megan Borders

Beyond Profit June 6 2024 in Santa FeThe UNM Anderson School of Management's Center for Responsible Entrepreneurship completes its first cohort of the 10-month entrepreneur accelerator program with a series of events June 6 in Santa Fe.

Twelve entrepreneurs participated in the program to build and launch their new ventures. The cohort included a diverse blend of UNM Anderson students and local startup leaders.

A final pitch competition takes place 1-4 p.m., followed by a Beyond Profit panel discussion in partnership with Creative Santa Fe 5-7:30 p.m. titled "Changing How we Invest to Unlock Better Human Outcomes." A networking reception following allows the cohort to mingle with established entrepreneurs from northern New Mexico.

A panel will select the top three most compelling business pitches to receive special recognition. The six-minute pitches are open to the community, and the review panel includes Bridget Dixon (Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce), Ward Hendon (Dangerous Ventures), and Drew Tulchin (NM Angels).

The evening session will explore impact investing and corporate responsibility on ESG issues – environmental, societal and governance. Mel Dubin with Deloitte and Jake Walko with Thornburg will offer their insights, along with a conversation facilitated by Reilly White, UNM Anderson’s associate dean and associate professor of finance. It includes a celebration of the participating entrepreneurs and mentors.

Attendees can expand their professional networks by meeting Anderson faculty, students and entrepreneurs and hear firsthand about new companies launching in their area. Refreshments will be served throughout the events.

The Beyond Profit series is co-presented by UNM Anderson School Center for Responsible Entrepreneurship and Creative Santa Fe, with the City of Santa Fe Office of Economic Development as the series sponsor.

This speaker series is free to the public, but a $25 donation per attendee is suggested. Proceeds support the Center for Responsible Entrepreneurship and Creative Santa Fe’s community engagement activities.

More information on the pitch competition

Register for the panel discussion and reception