Why do we call it the Lobo Rainforest Building? Because a human ecosystem is like a rainforest in which human creativity, business acumen, scientific discovery, investment capital, and other elements come together in a special recipe that nurtures budding ideas so they can grow into flourishing and sustainable enterprises.
The first floor of the Lobo Rainforest Building at Innovate ABQ is home to STC.UNM, the Cecchi Venture Lab, the UNM Innovation Academy, UNM’s entrepreneurial program, and the Air Force Research Lab tech engagement office, Sandia National Labs tech engagement office, and global engineering firm, General Atomics. Everything is co-located on the ground floor so you have more opportunities to meet and work with other inventors, mentors, business advisors, and experienced entrepreneurs from programs such as Innovate New Mexico. Floors 2-6 features downtown apartment living for UNM Students. Other incubators with more programs and events are within walking distance of the Lobo Rainforest Building, including Fat Pipe ABQ, ABQid, the Verge Fund, and CNM STEMulus Center’s IGNITE and FUSE makerspace.