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    ABQ firm chosen for DARPA challenge to combat Ebola
    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen Albuquerque's Peptineo as one of five firms to participate in a DARPA challenge to combat Ebola, Peptineo CEO Sheldon Jordan announced at the ABQid Demo Day on Friday. The challenge is to create a vaccine that can stop any outbreak in seven days, he said. Jordan said his company has been working on new technology called FlexDEX, which could create a new novel class of vaccines. One of the major targets is Ebola. "There will be one more very?

    Startups rally to pitch at ABQid's Demo Day event
    ABQid, the city's first business accelerator, reached its apex on Friday with its first Demo Day. Eleven companies were set to present at the event on Friday, which was at the Hotel Andaluz Downtown and was part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. The event kicked off with several speakers talking about the city's new commitment to entrepreneurship and startups. "I love manufacturing plants, I love call centers because that's the breeding ground for the employees we need, and I love the jobs that?

    PiFi co-founder readies pitch for ABQid Demo Day (Video)
    Local company PiFi has designed a way for parents to monitor their kids' Internet behavior ? and the kids can learn something at the same time. PiFi has designed a hardware and software cloud platform that makes it easy for parents to manage when, and for how long, their children use the Internet. Kids can "earn" time on the Internet by doing homework problems. On Friday, PiFi and 11 other firms will present their ideas at ABQid's Demo Day at Hotel Andaluz. The event is part of Global Entrepreneurship?

    Levitated owner: ?We can decide what Albuquerque will look like?
    Don't count Laurie Tarbell as down on Downtown Albuquerque. She knows there is work to be done, but she's optimistic. Tarbell, chair of Albuquerque's 2030 District exploratory committee, joined Mayor Richard Berry and Architecture 2030 founder Edward Mazria during a Global Entrepreneurship Week ABQ event on Nov. 20 at the Hyatt Regency. The subject was Albuquerque's designation as an emerging 2030 District ? a program that engages building-sector stakeholders in the public and private sector?

    Kanoodl CEO pitches interactive music service at ABQid's Demo Day (Video)
    Kanoodl CEO Matthew Ayoub is a self-professed music fan, and he said he's created a way to bring royalty-free music for commercial spaces. On Friday at Hotel Andaluz, he and 11 other firm leaders will present their companies at ABQid's Demo Day, which is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Demo Day is the final step for the companies in the city's first high-tech accelerator program. "Music is something we're all emotional about. When customers go into a store and hear music they like, it can?

    Architecture 2030 leader ready for Albuquerque to become a 2030 District
    Edward Mazria says that during parts of the 1970s and 1980s, New Mexico was the center of the universe for solar energy. "We kind of lost that, and the center has moved to Seattle ? the cloudiest place maybe in the world," Mazria said. "We need to recapture that here." Mazria's internationally renowned Architecture 2030 organization is based in Santa Fe, where he eventually planted roots after meeting and joining forces with Urban Land Institute founder and fellow Santa Fean Wayne Nichols. The?

    ABQid company InnoBright takes on Hollywood animation market at Demo Day (Video)
    ABQid firm InnoBright says it has developed a new software algorithm that can dramatically speed up the process of making a digitally animated movie. Developing a feature film such as "Cars" or "Shrek" takes hundreds of hours of computer processing time, terabytes of data and many skilled animators. But, says InnoBright CEO Raghu Kopalle, his firm can speed up the process by 54 percent with nearly the same quality. InnoBright and 11 other firms plan to present their companies at the ABQid Demo?

    Check out our video with Beer Madness winners La Cumbre (Video)
    Our cover story this week focused on beer?specifically, Beer Madness. Our five-round contest, which featured 32 New Mexico brews facing off in a bracket challenge, was dominated by Albuquerque's La Cumbre Brewing Co. The brewery not only took top honors with its Elevated IPA, it also won the write-in Readers' Choice Award with its Project Dank. So for this week's behind the cover story, we sent Digital Producer Andy Beale over to La Cumbre to see how they do it. Beale's video features footage?

    Albuquerque real estate family buys The Shops at Mountain Run
    A retail center in Albuquerque's Northeast Heights ? The Shops at Mountain Run ? has a new owner. The more than 23,000-square-foot line-up of eight tenants was purchased by Albuquerque's Peterson Properties on Nov. 19. Doug Peterson said the center is 100 percent leased. Tenants include the Horse & Angel Tavern, Anytime Fitness, Martinizing Dry Cleaning, Cinnamon Sugar & Spice Café and soon a Rita's Ice Custard franchise. Mountain Run Shopping Center, which is anchored by Smith's Food & Drug,?

    In this week?s issue: Readers crown state's best beer (and 4 other things you should know)
    Our first-ever Beer Madness competition came to a close last week, and our readers have spoken. Over the past several weeks, they sifted through 32 local ales, IPAs, porters, stouts and specialty beers and cast their votes in five rounds of brackets to tell the world what the best local beer is here in the Land of Enchantment. The local brewery industry is buzzing these days; take a look at our story on page 4 of this week's edition to take a closer look at which one took the big prize. Here are?