So, you have a great startup idea? bizMIX is a journey to develop skills, attract resources, make community connections and find the tools you need to start up and stay up. Our model is proven to increase the success rate of startups and now we are looking for the next group of passionate community entrepreneurs in Santa Fe.
More than $50,000 in cash and prizes will likely be awarded through the 2017 bizMIX competition (exact award amounts are determined by sponsorship funds and decided by judges’ panel). The bizMIX accelerator runs from May through September 2017 (detailed schedule below) and gives participants the chance to create opportunities and develop valuable relationships and a network of support. MIX doesn’t want a stake in your company, we want you to have a stake in our community.
“bizMIX is of course, one of the coolest mentoring programs around! Thank you so much to the bizMIX team. Pooling together so many talented individuals has given me a greater perspective on so many angles I would never have seen without the help, and experience of those involved with the bizMIX network. I now look forward to being part of a growing group of individuals, bent on job creation, and economic growth in Santa Fe.”
– Jared Nicholson, BizMIX Winner
Accepting applications from March 16-April 20.
bizMIX 2017 Schedule*
Th, March 16 – Info session on bizMIX @ MIX event + Application Opens—Join us at 5p @ Rowley Farmhouse Ales for answers to your questions on our bizMIX accelerator, the application and anything else.
Th, April 20 – bizMIX Applications Due
Th, May 11 – Finalists informed of selection into bizMIX program
Th, May 18 – bizMIX Orientation + Finalists announced at MIX event + MIXing with bizMIX Alums
Th, May 25 – Mentor night #1 // Pitching
Th, June 8 – Chamber Pitch Contest, 5:30-7:30p hosted by Santa Fe Chamber Awards at the Santa Fe Airport
Th, June 22 – Mentor Night #2 // Financials – 5:30-7:30p
Th, July 20 – MIX Pitch Contest – 6:00-8:00p
Th, July 27 – Mentor night #3 // Company Culture/People/Markets – 5:30-7:30p
Th, August 17 – Written Business Plan Due – Send to email@example.com by 11:59p.
Tu, September 7 – Submit Final Presentations – Send to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59p.
Th, September 14 – Final Presentations, Thornburg Investment Management – 5:30-8:30p
Th, September 21 – bizMIX Winners Announced – 5:30p, ceremony announcing winners + MIX Santa Fe event
*schedule subject to change
bizMIX 2016 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.