The 2015 Winners Announced!
Grand Prize Winner Skratch wins $10,000!
$50,000+ in Cash & Prizes Awarded to New Santa Fe Businesses!
BizMIX is a business plan competition that is paced over a five-month period in which entrepreneurs apply to bizMIX, get accepted, meet business mentors for special mentor nights, writing a 5-page business plan, culminating in a final pitch contest in front of a panel of business experts who judge the presentations and award $50,000+ in cash and prizes.This year, our judges chose Skratchworks.com (aka Skratch) as our Grand Prize winner awarding them $10,000. Skratch is a patented, user-friendly wonder of a sculpting medium that is non-toxic, dries quickly, does not shrink, sands easily, adheres to most surfaces, adheres to itself, can be drilled into and has structural integrity after drying, while being affordable to artists, builders and craftspeople.
We had a 1st Place tie, awarding $5,000 to Shihan Fine Knives – Blacksmithing shop committed to making high-quality, hand-forged Japanese style kitchen cutlery by combining rigorous metallurgical processing with the streamlined production methods of Japanese artisans, and The Kitchen, a community focused commercial kitchen and food business (food truck, restaurant, pop-up) incubator providing full service kitchen facilities with multiple stations and a dining/classroom area.
The 7 incredible businesses who wowed everyone all with their pitches and plans: Cafe Roha, Squash Blossom, HoneyMoon Brewery, Flying Dutchess,BeneTrkr, Enchanted Barrel, and Parlour. They were awarded over $30,000 in in-kind prizes! And those who made it through the competition: Up & Down Productions, Kittyloo, Pedal Speed Bags, Comet Tiny House.
A huge thank you to our incredible sponsors!: LANL Feynman Center for Innovation, Thornburg Investment, Christus St. Vincent, PNM, City of Santa Fe, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, New Mexico Bank and Trust, Santa Fe Community Foundation, Positive Energy Solar, Century Bank, Los Alamos National Bank, Santa Fe County, and Bank of Albuquerque.
…and, our in-kind sponsors!: 4-LEET, Slazer Technologies, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, The Bennett Firm, Hutton Broadcasting, Barraclough and Associates, P.C., the Santa Fe Business Incubator, The Hire Firm, Advance Tax Services, Santa Fe Green Chamber, and the NM Angels.
bizMIX is in its fourth year, and in 2015, we filtered through 86 initial applicants, yielding 15 original finalists, resulting in 10 incredible teams making it through the final pitch contest, taking place last night, August 13th. Winners of last night’s pitch contest, in conjunction with written their business plans, have been judged upon their work and will be awarded final prizes on August 20th.
bizMIX is a special program of MIX Santa Fe, an alternative professional networking geared toward talent retention and attraction of our amazing . Recently, MIX won a ‘Bright Ideas’ award from Harvard for the innovation we create within government to drive talent retention and development.
April 2015 – BizMIX Finalists Announced!
Fifteen teams will compete as finalists in bizMIX 2015, the annual business plan competition for start ups conducted by professional networking and economic development group MIX Santa Fe. This year’s finalists were chosen from more than 85 applicants. They will take a journey over the next few months to: develop a great business pitch, put together financials, create strategies for marketing, and network with business leaders and prospective team members in Santa Fe.
More than $50,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winners when the competition culminates this August. For the 4th year in a row, the bizMIX finalists are an eclectic group, from Japanese knives to baby travel solutions to Ethiopian cuisine, the finalists are listed below:
- Enchanted Barrel Exchange – A New Mexico craft taproom and small brewery offering seminars and hands-on experience for local beer enthusiasts and the public.
- Shihan Fine Knives – Blacksmithing shop committed to making high-quality, hand-forged Japanese style kitchen cutlery by combining rigorous metallurgical processing with the streamlined production methods of Japanese artisans.
- The Kitchen – A community focused commercial kitchen and food business (food truck, restaurant, pop-up) incubator providing full service kitchen facilities with multiple stations and a dining/classroom area.
- Flying Duchess – Motorcycle clothing tailored specifically for female riders.
- Parlour – A private club serving specialty drinks, affixed with parlor games and more!
- Pedal Speed Bags – Handmade, high-quality, functional and attractive bike bags for cyclists to carry gear for day rides and multi-day trips, designed with emphasis on durability, reliability and ease of use.
- BeneTrkr.com – A mobile platform designed to help people track and discover their government benefits. It is designed for the millions of people collecting a government subsidy, such as those on disability, veterans, retirees and anyone trying to navigate government benefits.
- Cafe Roha – Serving authentic and exotic Ethiopian food with generous hospitality—the hallmark of the Ethiopian dining tradition—through pop-ups, private catering and participating in festivals as a window to Ethiopia’s rich cultural heritage.
- Squash Blossom – Restaurants’ wholesale avenue to local farm products through a streamlined, user-friendly, online order system with products available from dozens of local farms, priced reasonably, with reliable quality, harvested within 24-hours of delivery to their kitchen door.
- Integral Training Santa Fe – Theater-based professional development workshops, training and coaching that focuses on skill-building in collaboration and public speaking to local businesses, enterprises and organizations that bring meetings and conferences to Santa Fe.
- Skratchworks – A patented, user-friendly wonder of a sculpting medium that is non-toxic, dries quickly, does not shrink, sands easily, adheres to most surfaces, adheres to itself, can be drilled into and has structural integrity after drying, while being affordable to artists, builders and craftspeople.
- HoneyMoon Brewing – HoneyMoon brewing is among the first kombucha beers on the market, a unique and healthier take on fermented beverages, catering to the dry and hoppy palate of craft beer drinkers in New Mexico.
- Comet House – Designing and building “tiny homes,” non-permanent structures that are an alternative to the contemporary housing market/process, focusing on creating designs and structural plans that make the most of a limited building footprint and incorporating low energy technology and self supporting systems.
- kittyloo (working title) – New and improved design for a kitty litterbox environment, manufactured and produced by environmentally friendly, locally-sourced design that is simple, clean and modest.
- Babierge – Family access to baby and kiddo equipment rentals while on vacation. Babierge does the ‘heavy lifting’ of sourcing, delivery, setup and pickup of rentals, suggestions for nannies and recommendations for local family-friendly activities, making travel less stressful and allowing for more memories while on vacation.
The bizMIX 2015 competition would not be possible without the generous support of sponsors in the community. Please join MIX in thanking these visionary supporters.
Sponsors to date:
- LANL Feynman Center for Innovation, Venture Acceleration Fund
- CHRISTUS Health Plan
- Santa Fe County
- Thornburg Investment Management
- City of Santa Fe, Economic Development
- Century Bank
- Los Alamos National Bank
- New Mexico Bank & Trust
- Positive Energy Solar
- Santa Fe Community Foundation
- Bank of Albuquerque
- Los Alamos National Security, LLC
- Hotel Santa Fe
- Inn on the Alameda
- San Francisco St. Bar & Grill
- Slazer Technologies
- Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce
2015 Applications Under Review
Deadline: Midnight April 16
Your job is to answer a couple of questions in the form below and blow our minds with your brainy business idea.
Our job is to select a group of finalists to receive a mad amount of amazing mentorship and resources toward turning your business into a tangible success.
1) Have an idea you’re passionate about
2) Be pre-revenue (ie, not yet making money)
3) Have the capacity to embrace the competition, participate in mentorship and events and see it through to the end.
1) Have about $50,000 in cash and resources for our expert judges to award at the end of the summer!
APPLICATIONS NOW UNDER REVIEW.
FINALISTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAY 11! GOOD LUCK!
In 2014 we awarded over $30,000 in prizes, resources, mentorship and business plan assistance!
The bizMIX 2014 awards were as follows:
BizMIX Big Impact Award to Paper Dosa (authentic South Indian food)
The judging panel of business development experts, entrepreneurs and professional, established business people felt that expressing confidence in Paper Dosa’s potential and plan would leverage the energy and talent and truly launch a successful new business in Santa Fe. They are being awarded $13,000 for their start-up costs and bookkeeping from Barraclough & Associates.
BizMIX Startup Readiness Award to Cheesemongers of Santa Fe (retail specialist in smaller-scale artisan and farmstead cheese)
With an excellent business plan and a solid strategy for opening its doors imminently, the judges determined that enough of a monetary award to complete a few specific remaining goals would empower a smooth opening of this exciting specialty business. They are being awarded $5000, $2000 in advertising from Hutton Broadcasting, social media consulting from B Social and a member ship from the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce.
Other awards include:
Barrio Brinery (fine fermented foods) won entry to The Velocity Project and a $1000 advertising package from Hutton Broadcasting.
Ridgeline Racing (producers of high-quality outdoor races and events for all ages and levels) won a $1000 advertising package from Hutton Broadcasting, social media consulting from B Social. Legal consultation from Talia Kosh at The Bennett Law Firm.
Vovi (fashion company focused on excellence in design, craftsmanship and production in the tradition of ateliers) won $500 for being crowd favorite at MIX.
TigerDeer (making one of a kind ‘new’ clothes to sell from second hand clothing and items) won $500 for being crowd favorite at the Santa Fe Chamber Business Awards
Daisy Chain (solution to charging multiple devices) won a Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce membership