Santa Fe’s bizMix Accelerator Breaks Records With latest Class
If you’re a startup in Santa Fe than you know there’s only one true startup and business accelerator. That accelerator is bizMIX.
MIX Santa Fe is a community driven organization that helps promote and further small businesses, startups, creatives, artists and entrepreneurs through a variety of activities in the Santa Fe metropolitan area. MIX holds monthly networking events at different locations across the city. Each one of those events highlights artists, creatives, photographers, bands, djs, cool startups, makers and genuinely cool people that live, work and play in the area. They also hold an annual startup competition and an accelerator, bizMIX.
bizMIX isn’t your typical cohort based accelerator. Driven into the roots of the New Mexico city is a DIY (do it yourself) culture. Most that have grown up in the Land of Enchantment know that the enchantment comes from within, either passed down from generations or starting now.
The bizMIX accelerator finalists will have mentor sessions with local business leaders. They’ll also visit important key business resources, work on product and of course a business plan. The session began May 25th and ends September 14th with a final pitch night. The winning startups will be announced at a ceremony on September 21st.
There’s $50,000 in cash and prizes at stake. The amount each winning startup takes home will be determined by bizMIX’s sponsorship fund and by the judges on the September 14th pitch night.
This year was the largest application pool and the largest class. These are the 19 startups in this year’s bizMIX accelerator:
Click Clogs (Lily Love) – a clog shoe for people in healthcare or anyone who likes to wear clogs – with interchangeable tops for individual preferences in style. They take up less space and allow for people to have the same base of the shoe for total customization.
Fun Times in the Chickenhouse (Andy Primm, Karina Wilson) is a Santa Fe-based variety show that works in a variety of media, including overseeing and coordinating production.
Length Width Height (Robert Nachman) is an E-commerce site for customized furniture and home decor allowing consumers to get the quality and specificity previously available only through professional interior designers.
Mud Hub (Rod Gesten) is a manufacturer and seller of the raised bed style-driven Enchanted Greenhouses designed for gardeners to grow outdoors all year long with physical ease and comfort, without dealing with hand watering, poor soil, intense sunlight and wind and garden pests that devour crops.
Santa Fe Lobo Cheer (Cynthia Hale) a nonprofit, year round, youth cheerleading organization serving all genders, household incomes and athletic abilities in the Santa Fe community.
Dandelion Guild (Calixte Raifsnider) is a curated, collaborative retail space committed to forwarding the interests of talented local vendors and makers in Santa Fe combining resources to create a unique retail environment featuring vintage and handmade clothing, jewelry, books and other forms of accessible art.
Oaks Counsel (Michelle Katz) is about humans connecting to themselves and nature, bringing ‘Rites of Passage’ practices back to our culture through solo time in nature, creating community and a growing understanding of life’s transitions.
New Leaf (Helen Tindel) celebrates Pablita Velarde, the first Native American woman to paint full time as a career. New Leaf was founded to promote her legacy and manage her intellectual property.
Paleteria OASIS (Erika Castaneda) a food cart carrying delectables from a traditional Mexican ice cream shop with authentic flavors, including “botanas” a Mexican snackbar tradition.
Upstream.Media (Bevin Carnes) is a streaming service and filmmaking community that provides support, education, and exposure to “no-budget” filmmakers- those who utilize newly available, low-cost technology to make high-quality films on shoestring budgets. Upstream will help film students, budding indie filmmakers, and anyone with big talent, but small resources to become a new generation of truly independent filmmakers.
OneForNeptune (Nick Mendoza) is developing tasty, high-protein snack foods from dried seafood products. Using centuries-old techniques, innovative recipes and strict sustainability standards, OneForNeptune offers jerkies and bars that are healthier and more environmentally friendly than beef or other animal jerky alternatives.
EyeAm (Aaron Johnston) is a new social gaming experience designed to make the origin stories of the Universe, planet Earth, and life as we know it as fun and accessible as possible. Inspired by innovative puzzle mechanics, exciting character evolutions, and the first player vs. player model of its kind, oneNova has the potential to drive meaningful and measurable change, incentivizing independent STEAM education and contribution to programs devoted to environmental sustainability and learning through play.
Madre Foods (Katelyn Hilburn) delivers fully prepared meals to the doorsteps of postpartum mothers, babies, and toddlers with all of their specific nutritional needs in mind. Our service allows family and loved ones to know a new and growing family is being taken care of without the extra stress or errands.
THE truck (Victoria Brunei) food truck and catering company will provide good food at an affordable price for catered and special events. THE “giving” truck will donate a portion of all proceeds to local non-profits, surplus food to local shelters and food banks, and support youth with internships, and educational programs.
1905 Magazine (Mariah Thomas & Darnell Romero) is a quarterly publication that promotes style as self love.
Santa Fe Pub Crawl (Julia Abbiss) aims to change Santa Fe’s tourism narrative from family-friendly to fun for everyone. By partnering with local nightlife, Santa Fe Pub Crawls can highlight how ideal a destination City Different is for millennial travelers.
Root 66 (Jackie Shane, JC Corcoran, Dave Holland) is first entirely plant-based food truck in Santa Fe. We aim to serve delicious healthy food, devoid of factory-farmed animals and their bi-products. Great food, that just happens to be vegan.
Laser Loot (Randy Castillo) uses laser technology to help artists make their creations jump off the page, bringing art to life using fresh materials and a new perspective.
Vintage Airstream Renovations (Patrick Collingwood) starts the journey to the edge of the Earth through new designs and renovations for Airstreams. Vintage Airstream Renovations creates high-tech, functional and memorable exploration into the wilderness for a multitude of purposes, including food stalls, bars, pop-up boutiques, yoga studios, office spaces, and tiny homes.