The Palace Restaurant and Saloon was bursting last night for Royally MIXed—thanks to all the MIXers who came out and made the event a success.

Royally MIXed also was the first introduction to BizMIX’s 11 finalists, announced earlier this week. The finalists—chosen from more than 70 applicants—are competing for $10,000 in prize money, mentorship and business development resources.

Attendees last night were pitched throughout the evening by the finalists and given the opportunity to vote for a crowd favorite. It was competitive, Alexandra Ladd’s Soapbox Kids—a locally-sourced fundraising tool for kids—was the winner. Ladd will now receive a $300 check from MIX.

Over the next few weeks, finalists will work with mentors to prepare an in-depth business plan. On May 31, finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges. Grand finalists will be announced at the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Business Awards on June 7. Three grand finalists will showcase their business ideas at MIX’s third Thursday event June 21, at which the grand prizewinner will be announced.

Congrats to all the finalists for a great evening, and thanks again to the Palace for its excellent hosting. We’ll have more photos from last night’s MIX soon and, of course, mark your calendars for the June 21 MIX.

Coverage of last night’s events from Santa and from The Santa Fe Reporter.



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  • Tim Hackett aka DJ Flobug
    12 years ago

    Seriously, I had a really fucking great time last night. Thanks again. And ALWAYS consider me for future events, I’m there in a heartbeat!