Local accelerator speeds success


A new company that connects seniors with tech troubles to teens who are in the know was one of the businesses that participated in the recent Demo Day at ABQ ID, a local business accelerator.

ABQ ID creates and supports local businesses in and around Albuquerque. At the Demo Day, entrepreneurs presented their business model to future potential investors and the general public.

ABQ ID runs an acceleration program throughout the year for more than a dozen startup businesses in which all these businesses go through extensive mentoring, building, research and testing. During the 2015 grant selection year, ABQ ID received 150 applicants.

“I’m actually really thrilled with the entire crop of companies we had this year,” said Web Johnson, the managing director of ABQ ID.

“I think soon we’ll be recognized nationally for producing really high quality companies.”

News Port intern Derrick Toledo went along to a local community center where a group of Teeniors work with seniors. He also spoke with Antonio Gandara-Martinez, the director of marketing for Bounce Chat, the social media app for proximity based sharing. Here is his report.