Innovation Central

The Albuquerque metro area began in 2014 a new era in economic development – one of innovation created and perpetuated by entrepreneurs as its leaders. They are supported by a community stewardship and environment that empowers individuals with ideas at all levels of society, regardless of education, background or interest. Until now, there has been a lot of talk about our unhealthy dependence on government for economic stability and the need to create a community-based economy to achieve long-term prosperity. We are no longer talking. Today – and tomorrow – is about taking action, using a collaborative and inclusive approach to economic development that will not only impact you but also involve you to the extent you want to be a part of Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Welcome to Innovation Central.


An accelerator that helps identify entrepreneurs, this New Mexico non-profit develops, implements and promotes a series of support activities to grow Albuquerque’s entrepreneurial systems and businesses. Regularly held events and activities foster the philosophy that anyone with an idea can start a business, regardless of their education, background or job history. Entrepreneurs can apply for a 90-day program that uses a model proven to have a much higher success rate in the development of successful companies than any other support program method. This program operates in collaboration with Albuquerque’s existing resources to provide an entrepreneur “boot camp,” help individuals tap into the start-up network, provide intensive mentorship and develop a business plan.

Webb Johnson

Managing Director, ABQid

Phone: 650-241-9322

Address: 317 Commercial St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Email: [email protected]


Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp

The Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp is a 9-week (40+ hours per week) web development bootcamp taught at the CNM STEMulus Center in downtown Albuquerque. Students will learn the fundamentals of modern web development and coding to build great websites, software, and apps.

Students learn the languages, tools and techniques used to build today’s best websites, software and apps, including: HTML5,  JavaScript, jQuery, MySQL, CSS3, Object-oriented programming (OOP), PHP (server-side), Test environments etc.

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Microsoft DigiCamp

Students in Albuquerque, New Mexico will have the opportunity to participate in a free Microsoft YouthSpark Digi Camp to learn about careers in technology and connect with Microsoft employees and local business leaders. Available to junior high school students entering the seventh and eighth grades, the camps will provide them the opportunity to participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops to learn more about digital literacy, coding and business development. The camps will be offered at the offices of Fat Pipe. The classes for young women will be from August 4 through August 5 and for young men from August 7 through August 8.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global initiative that aims to create opportunities for 300 million youth in more than 100 countries by 2015. This companywide initiative includes more than 30 programs that empower youth to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship. Learn more at

Entrepreneurial Office Hours

Anyone can come and meet with “serial entrepreneur” and Director of the City of Albuquerque’s Economic Development Department Gary Oppedahl for 15 minute increments on Wednesdays from 3:30-5:00 starting August 6. Similar to the academic construct of office hours during which a professor makes himself available for a few hours once a week to any student who wants to meet with him. It is important for Gary to make himself available to any small business owner and new startup entrepreneur to answer questions, give advice, or become a mentor in order to help make their work successful.



317 Commercial St. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87102