Rainforest University Center

Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration to STC.UNM in collaboration with the UNM innovationAcademy

The New Mexico Rainforest University Center provides training and technical assistance at all of the University of New Mexico sites (Main, UNM-Taos, UNM-Valencia, UNM-Gallup, and UNM-Los Alamos).

The University Center mission is to:

  • Advance high-growth entrepreneurship
  • Cultivate innovation
  • Encourage business expansion beyond the local market
  • Develop a high-skilled work force through entrepreneurship fundamental training

The platform for the training will be eCommerce, designed to assist any business with its digital presence.  Courses and certificates will be available to UNM students and community members thru UNM's Innovation Academy.

The program provides two primary training programs at all UNM branch campuses: 1) Access to taking the Create. Sell. Bank. Course (for UNM students for credit or community members for certificate) and 2) a series of 12 seminars covering from January to December.

Additionally, each site has a dedicated site mentor. The site mentor is available as an interface for any questions and to serve as a connection point for resources related to your entrepreneurial endeavors or training.


create. sell. bank

UNM Course to experience a variety of innovation processes to help discover products or services and launch your idea.

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upcoming seminars

seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public, but registration is required.



contact us

Do you have questions or need an assistance? Reach out to a mentor to answer your questions.

Contact a Mentor


Business Idea Generation

Click the image above to watch How to Generate a Business Idea presented by Sandra Begay on March 20, 2019.

View presentation slides here.

Take assessment here.

Pitching and Presenting your idea!

Click the image above to watch Pitching and Presenting Your Idea presented by Gavin Leach on March 29, 2019.

View presentation slides here.

Take assessment here.

Market Analysis

Click the image above to learn about the importance of market research presented by Susan Cornelius on April 17, 2019.

View presentation slides and handouts here.

Take assessment here.

Business Model Canvas

The Business Model Canvas is a working plan that is framed and reframed as a start-up focuses on its Value Proposition for a product and/or service. Learn more about the canvas presented by Susan Cornelius on May 2, 2019.

View presentation slides here.

Take assessment here.