Economic Development Department’s Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced that five New Mexico, high-growth potential companies were awarded Science & Technology Business Start-Up Grants at $25,000 each.
Science & Technology Business Start-Up Grants are available to New Mexico-based for profit science and technology companies with fewer than 50 employees. Eligible businesses must work in one of the following fields: aerospace, biosciences, cybersecurity, intelligent manufacturing, and sustainable and green energy. The grant specifically targets high-growth potential companies that provide a unique product or service, have a clear and compelling business proposition, demonstrate a scalable product and business model, have the potential
to create jobs in New Mexico and/or garner private investment, and can provide economic benefit to the state greater than the award amount.

“New Mexico is the place for innovative technology business ideas and the Start-Up Grants are
another way the state is supporting these early-stage entrepreneurs as they strive to bring
their ideas to market and hire employees,” Secretary Keyes said. “This is how we grow and
diversify the economy.”

The Office of Science and Technology, under the direction of Director Myrriah Tomar, PhD, and the Technology Research Collaborative board review all of the applications and choose the annual awardees. This round saw 56 applications, making it a highly competitive process.

“This was a rigorous review process with outside technical experts looking at businesses that
have the best chance of success,” Tomar said. “We look forward to assisting these companies
as they grow and make an impact on New Mexico’s economy.”

Osazda Energy (Sustainable & Green Energy) – Albuquerque

Solar panels operate outdoors for decades and consequently degrade due to environmental
stressors. Osazda Energy provides an additive for silver pastes, a necessary component of solar
cells, to minimize losses from cracking, harvesting more solar energy. Osazda Energy can
deliver this additive product at a cost-effective price. The company plans to use the funds to
validate the technology through third-party accelerated testing, which is required before the
technology can enter the market. Read this recent article about Osazda Energy.