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


Start-Up Factory™ is bringing laboratory technologies to market. In our innovative model we work with scientists looking to commercialize their technologies. Through our program, technologists are coached are coached through validation of the technology and market, and are 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, Director of Economic Development, City of Albuquerque

Our Team

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Dorian Rader
Executive Director

Dorian works with entrepreneurs and scientists to commercialize their innovations, create investable companies with a solid corporate infrastructure, and build talented teams. 

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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. 

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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!