Rising Local Entrepreneurs Earn Support at BizMix Challenge

Editor | SantaFe.com - May 18, 2012

Eleven finalists gear up for June 21 grand prize

MIX Santa Fe introduced the 11 finalists of its BixMIX entrepreneurial challenge, earlier this week during its monthly networking event at the Palace Restaurant and Saloon. The BizMIX Challenge is a business-plan competition that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with mentors, business-development resources and $10,000 worth of start-up funding and services, according to organizers. The finalists were culled from more than 70 applications.

Of the 11 finalists, Alexandra Ladd was selected as crowd favorite and won $300 for her project proposal, Soapbox Kids, a locally-sourced fundraising tool for kids.

Over the next few weeks, finalists will work with mentors to prepare an in-depth business plan, according to MIX coordinator Julia Golberg. 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 prize winner will be announced.

Here's a list of the other 10 finalists:

● Haj Khalsa, Betamapper; Betamapper allows users to plan and map outdoor sports adventures.
● Ryan Helean, Maya Tile; Maya Tile plans to introduce its one-of-a-kind leaded crystal cast glass tiles into luxury markets in the U.S. and internationally.
● Robert Applegate, Focus Biomedical LLC; Focus Biomedical, LLC. is a boutique, high-technology firm headquartered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, specializing in the research, development, and commercialization of passive particle and cell focusing technologies for use in biotechnology.
● Alden Markby, Meticulous Motors; Meticulous Motors aims to become Santa Fe’s premier mobile mechanic service and youth oriented mechanic training program.
● Bob Kreger, Rain Vessels; RainVessels is a new patent-pending unique solution for rainwater and greywater catchment and storage.
● Lisa Miles, Pants Off; Pants Off is a local, handmade silkscreen underwear company with an emphasis on daring derrieres.
● Bryan Mayhall, Papa Dulce; Papa Dulce (“Sweet Potato” in Spanish) is a vegan food truck serving up delicious, organic, plant-based dishes using locally-sourced farm produce and products.
● Sattva Ananda, The Way We Grow; The Way We Grow is a multi faceted company manufacturing, designing and developing revolutionary tools for the agricultural world.
● David Jondreau, Gear Up on Filemaker 12; This FileMaker database manages local GEARUP programs, which assist rural low-income high school students attend college.
● Christopher Johnson, Meow Wolf Publishing; Meow Wolf Publishing aims to make the works of Meow Wolf authors and artists available in both traditional and electronic formats.

"Congrats to all the finalists for a great evening, and thanks again to the Palace for its excellent hosting," wrote MIX coordinator Julia Goldberg in a MIX blog post