The Innovation Academy at The University of New Mexico published its first-ever impact report recently illustrating the positive impact the academy is having on students at the university.

“iA has really blossomed in the past year.  From bringing on our fabulous program manager, Tiffini Porter, to the support and interest from the community, we've really made great strides,” DelCampo said. “With the new programs we are planning for fall and the building coming online, we should really fill out the last few gaps in our portfolio.”

The 7-page report outlines the success of the Innovation Academy’s programs, including the 2+1+2 program, a partnership with CNM to provide a pathway to a graduate degree for community college students. The report highlights the academy’s ability to serve students in multiple capacities, from helping to support the 14 student-run companies currently in business and securing more than $1 million in venture funding for those companies (and more) to offering new and innovative courses in the Fall 2017 semester.

Ryan Shell, president of New Mexico Gas Company, an Emera company, the largest monetary sponsor of the Innovation Academy is proud to have been a part of the academy’s successful year.

“We are excited to be supporting innovation and business growth at UNM’s Innovation Academy,” Shell said. “The funding for our contribution comes from our corporate owner, Emera, so it will not affect natural gas rates for customers. We hope our efforts will stimulate business growth and development.”

The Innovation Academy has plans to continue to grow and offer more support to students seeking a way to integrate innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship into their degree programs at UNM.

“Supporting our students' interest in building their own futures has really started to pay off, and I don't anticipate that letting up anytime soon,” DelCampo said.

The report is available on the Innovation Academy website, Impact Report.

For more information, contact Tiffini Porter at tjp0217@unm.edu.