Albuquerque startup helps local seniors become entrepreneurs

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s never too late to innovate, at least that’s what Albuquerque seniors want to prove to the world. A local startup is helping seniors break into the startup world to show it’s not all about the millennials.

Jamie Welles is a small business owner and while she’s technically a senior, she says she doesn’t think of herself that way.

“I’m still young at heart! And I’m not ready to retire.”

With the help of FatPipe ABQ, an organization designed to help seniors like Welles get back into the work field, she’s able to pursue a new business venture.

“A lot of people when they retire from corporate America, they want to come back out and get involved and that’s the perfect time to do it because of all the experiences they have to share,” said Lisa J. Adkins, COO of FatPipe ABQ.

The company offers guidance in areas like using social media and marketing in today’s fast paced environment. Welles is currently running a consulting business called JWelles and Associates. She’s a small business owner helping other small business owners succeed. However, jumping into the millennial dominated startup world has brought up some challenges.

“The applications…how do you even work them is a whole new thing for somebody my age,” she said.

Adkins says while young people have the energy to create successful startups, older folks have wisdom on their side.

“The millennials have a lot of passion, and they have a lot of enthusiasm, but they don’t have the experience that the seniors have.”

She hopes the program will not only help seniors succeed, but also bring the generations together to create ideal management teams.

“We want to see multi-functional teams with different ages, everybody has different ideas, everybody brings unique talents to the team,” said Adkins.

Welles’ business is off to a good start and she currently has clients working in specialty health care, communications, and tech. FatPipe ABQ has monthly workshops for seniors looking to become entrepreneurs and their clients range from 50 to 80 years old.

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