bizMIX sets scene for startups to score big—AGAIN
Nine entrepreneurs win big, including two grand prize winners, resulting in over $50,000 in cash and prizes for pre-revenue startups!
In April, 12 amazing teams of entrepreneurs were selected to compete in months of bizMIX, accelerating their startups, resulting in nine businesses vying for over $50,000 in cash and prizes. Each of these entrepreneurs took on two pitch contests and three big nights of mentorship and engagement in building their business.
After being put through a number of challenges, these startups submitted their business plans and nine teams made final presentations at Thornburg Mortgage in front a panel of expert business judges. Mentor nights throughout the summer were hosted by Body Santa Fe, Beestro, and Santa Fe Art Institute.
Awardees were presented with the results of their work on August 18 at New Mexico Hard Cider, welcomed by 2013 bizMIX winner and CEO, Craig Moya, who congratulated them on their next adventures. Judges awarded over $1,000 in prizes to every presenter. Grand prize winners were PERK, founded by Jakub Svec, a company focusing on producing an accessible high precision coffee brewing machine for the Third Wave coffee market, and Nature Camp Goods + Apparel, founded by Joshua Martin and Julie Weinstein, a company combine decades of experience in business operations and fundraising with a passion for art and design in their new brand of sustainable leather and vegan goods. Beginning with a signature footwear design, Nature Camp will utilize modern distribution models and social media to manufacture and market a simple, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle brand. Each business was awarded $10,000 apiece.
Sponsors contributing to the investments of these companies are the City of Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Santa Fe County, Gemini Rosemont Realty, Thornburg Investment Management, Christus Health Plan, Five & Dime General Store, Christus St. Vincent, PNM, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Positive Energy Solar, Los Alamos National Bank, Bank of Albuquerque, New Mexico Bank and Trust, Century Bank, Los Alamos National Security, and Slazer Technologies. Their contributions allow bizMIX to be the premier accelerator for pre-revenue businesses in Santa Fe, providing $20,000 in capital to newly seeded business ventures. In-kind sponsors included the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, The Bennett Law Group, Hutton Broadcasting, Barraclough and Associates, P.C., Meow Wolf, Alan Webber of 1NM, Invest Local NM, Santa Fe Green Chamber, Santa Fe Business Incubator, Slazer Technologies, and Advance Tax Services.
One business, Flour & Water, stated they weren’t going to make it to the final presentation because they had found the funding they would need to start their business. Congrats and best of luck!
bizMIX of MIX Santa Fe successfully completed its fifth year of the program, taking it to new heights in continuing to expand its reach in community spaces and new and incredible sponsors who invested in and hosted the program.