Twelve New Companies Selected for Santa Fe's 2014 Entrepreneurial Accelerator
The entrepreneurial accelerator is designed to provide a vigorous and focused "boot camp" environment to assist ambitious entrepreneurs. This is the second year of the city-sponsored effort and based on the success of its initial pilot project, the Velocity Project was funded to accept more applicants for 2014.
"We were incredibly impressed with the caliber of applicants for the 2014 Velocity Project," said Director Yasine Armstrong of The Velocity Project and managing partner of The MVM Group. "This is a great reflection of the diversity of Santa Fe's economy and the growing entrepreneurial support system in Santa Fe. We are looking forward to working with each of these companies and to watch them grow."
This is the second year that The MVM Group, a New Mexico based strategic consulting firm, will implement the accelerator. The MVM Group has extensive experience in regional economic development and company building and led the very successful pilot project business accelerator for the City of Santa Fe.
In order to be eligible for the Velocity Project, a company had to be established as a business entity, the business must have a product that has been conceptualized or is established and the company must be able to demonstrate the potential impact it has on Santa Fe's economy.
The 12 companies selected to participate in the 2014 Velocity Project include:
- Peaceful Pet Sitters,Leah Chavez; Offers peace of mind to clients by providing professional pet care services in the pet's home. (www.peacefulpetsitters.com)
- Bounceback Integrative Veterinary, Sue McKelvey; Provides personalized attention in a state of the art facility where enhancing the human-animal bond through improved mobility, pain management and conditioning is the goal. (www.bouncebackvetrehab.com)
- Serigrafix, Jason Rodriquez; A fine-art print studio specializing in serigraph limited-edition reproductions. (www.serigrafix.com)
- Samobi Industries, Salvador Biadora; Offers new solutions in the areas of residential housing and commercial construction through its patented wall products.
- Acme Happy Chicken Company, Bill Roth; Designs and produces modern chicken coops for today's urban farmer. (www.acmehappychickencompany.com)
- Than Povi Fine Art, Deborah Torres; A Native American owned art gallery, specializing in art from the twenty-two tribes of New Mexico. (www.thanpovi.com)
- Luque Meat Sauce, Skye Luque; An all-natural bison meat sauce that is healthy, affordable & fast and is shelf stable and has no preservatives. Every 32oz Jar contains 1/2 lb. of bison meat that is sourced locally from the Taos Pueblo. (www.luquemeatsauce.com)
- My Idea Tree, Ron Newman; Facilitates the navigation of knowledge by automatically deriving - and visually showing - the relationships between things. (www.myideatree.com)
- Resonant Body, Andy Zadrozny; Resonant Body manufactures, markets and uses the Resonant Body Platform, an instrument for teaching musical ear training, sound yoga, and for performing sound healing and wellness treatment. (www.resonantbodyyoga.com)
- Eggman & Walrus, Evan Glassman; An alternative contemporary art gallery that leads clients in spiritual and creative development through guided outdoor/nature experience and art and personal growth workshops. (www.eggmanwalrus.com)
- Ramona Sakiestewa LLC, Ramona Sakiestewa; Designing and marketing home decor collections that embody a contemporary Native American aesthetic. (ramonasakiestewa.com)
- ZOETIC, Arlena Teitelbaum; A fresh food spa line that is distinguished by the quality of the locally sourced, fresh food ingredients.
The Velocity Project will run for eight weeks from Jan. 24 through March 14. The companies will participate in workshops with an extensive entrepreneurship curriculum that focuses on topics such as building great teams, structuring a company, and developing an exit strategy. Entrepreneurs also will meet with a variety of Velocity Project mentors to learn from their experience and expertise, share their progress and receive crucial feedback and guidance. In addition, they will receive business coaching from the MVM Group. At the end of eight weeks, each company will present a product and/or company pitch to investors and the public during "Demo Day." They will also receive $1,000 stipend for completion of Demo Day.
To learn more about the program, visit www.thevelocityproject.com.