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Commercializing Technologies, Creating Investable Companies, Keeping Innovation and Talent in New Mexico.

Start-Up Factory™ specializes in taking laboratory technologies to market. In our innovative model, we work with scientists looking to commercialize their technologies. Through our program, technologists are coached through validation of the technology and market, and are then paired with the right management team. A commercialization and business plan/model is formed and if all signs point to a sound market and promising technological development, a company is formed. 

Companies and scientists who successfully complete the educational piece of the program are open to investment from the Start-Up Factory™ Fund.


Some scientists do want to leave the lab to commercialize technology, but most generally don’t, so this program helps extract their knowledge and get it out to the market through experienced entrepreneurs who can take their ideas forward.
— Gary Oppedahl, Former Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque

Our Companies

Our Team

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John Chavez
Managing Director

John helps companies raise funding once they have developed their commercialization strategies while managing and maintaining the Start-Up Factory™ investment fund. 

Andrea M. Garcia
Company Creation Specialist

Andrea works with entrepreneurs and scientists to help commercialize their innovations, create investable companies, while sourcing new technologies from research institutions. 

Alicia Montoya
Project Manager

Alicia works with Start-Up Factory™ to as a project manager internally for NMSUF and for the newly created startup companies, so they can thrive without missing a step!