The series of six seminar workshops, supported by Los Alamos National Laboratory and US Bank, helps to prepare students for the UNM Business Plan Competition. A leading professional in the field of accounting, business finance, new business funding, technology management, business plan presentation skills, or other related area will offer students an extension of the knowledge they gain in the classroom. It also provides the opportunity for student entrepreneurs to initiate relationships with key community influencers in a dialogue-style setting.   Seminars are held on selected Friday dates in ASM 1016, from 9:30am – 11:30am and attendance by Competition teams is strongly encouraged. RSVPs are requested. 

2014-2015 SEMINARS Program

October 3, 2014:             Dr. George Sanzero, Manager, Intelligent Systems, Robotics and Cybernetics at Sandia National Labs and UNM professional faculty will present "Business Planning 101” and Todd Quinn, UNM Librarian will present “Competitive Intelligence in Library Resources" Download the PowerPoint presentation from this seminar.

October 17, 2014:            Gary Oppedahl, Director of Economic Development for City of Albuquerque will discuss the City plans for Innovate ABQ, downtown rejuvenation and the link to economic development. (ASM 1016, 9:30-11:30am a light breakfast will be served)

November 14, 2014:         Bill Bice, ABQid Accelerator Program Board Chairman will talk about launching new, high-growth companies in just a few months. (ASM 1016, 9:30-11:30am a light breakfast will be served)

January 23, 2015:              Mark Fidel, President at CAaNES (Computational Analysis and Network Enterprise Solutions) will present “Financial Information for Startups: why are the numbers important?”  (room tbd, 9:30-11:30am)

February 6, 2015                “Presenting Your Business Plan”, John Freisinger, CEO, Technology Ventures Corporation  (room tbd, 9:30-11:30am)                     

John FreisingerMeet John Freisinger, President and CEO of Technology Ventures Corporation.  A dynamic speaker, John will tell your team how to put your best foot forward.  Hear how TVC has assisted entrepreneurs in raising over $1.2 billion in equity financing, form 124 new companies and create more than 13,500 jobs. Learn from one of the most exciting leaders in our area. You will love what John has to say, so start Valentine’s Day off with his words of wisdom. Followed by a question and answer session. A light breakfast will be served.



 February 20, 2015:  Competition Information & Questions Session (9:30a.m.-11:30a.m. ASM room tbd) Mandatory for each team to send at least one representative.  Full team attendance is strongly encouraged.

The presentation will include a review of plan requirements, formatting and submission instructions for the online tools PitchBurner and All competition materials will be managed through PitchBurner and, so this seminar is essential to successful participation and satisfaction of plan requirements. A light breakfast will be served. Teams should come prepared with questions for a session of open dialogue and inquiry.


Presentation Skills - Teams may wish to explore coaching opportunities with area ToastMasters clubs which can assist in building or honing presentation skills. Suggested clubs, convenient to UNM, are listed below.

Lobo Toastmasters - Club #: 6002, Dist #: 23 Area: C32, Est: 2/12/2002
Special deal for UNM Engineering and UNM Anderson students, courtesy of Dean Catalin Roman and Dean Doug Brown:
Get your first six months free ($36!) as a new Lobo Toastmaster. (A monthly membership fee of $1.00 will apply, plus a one-time new member fee of $20 for instructional manuals).

Meeting Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Thursday Club Status: Open to all.
University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Mirage/Thunderbird room 3041/3043, third floor, 
For more information, call 505-255-7794 or Lobo Toastmasters UNM Facebook or  Click here to email the club.

Toastmasters @ TVC - Club #: 1069037, Dist #: 23  Area: B22, Est: 10/4/2007

Meeting Time: 12:30 p.m., Tuesday Club Status: Open to all
Technology Ventures Corp 1155 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106-4320, United States
505-843-4202   - Visit their webpage
Toastmasters @TVC Facebook or click here to email the club.