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Grant announced in Mayor’s State of the City is one of two designed to build the foundation for a successful startup culture
As highlighted in Mayor Gonzales’ Tuesday State of the City Speech, and as a result of the City of Santa Fe’s Request for Proposal for “Operation Ignite Entrepreneurship,” Startup Santa Fe is launching a public/private partnership with CrSF and the City of Santa Fe dedicated to aligning physical and virtual resources focused on developing “start-up cultures” where entrepreneurs can learn, collaborate, launch innovations, and ultimately build strong businesses that become economic mainstays in the community.
Designed to give emerging startups traction in the region, Startup Santa Fe will organize around key industries and ensure that each stage of development within each industry has representation from partners, businesses, and government. New and efficient pathways for startups will be designed and implemented in order to expedite and create healthy businesses, commercial output and economic growth.
“We are creating a thriving culture of entrepreneurship in Santa Fe, Through the efforts of Start Up Santa Fe and other key projects, this community will mobilize energy and expertise to support new businesses and grow a vibrant economy,” stated Mayor Javier Gonzales.
“Think of it as a Match.com for ideas.” said Startup Santa Fe Director Shawn Patrick and author of the proposal. “We are out to empower and connect every individual with a view to what is needed to turn that idea into a successful business strategy.”
Fundamental to this effort is a public-private partnership that includes mapping and integrating educational institutions, non-profits, workshops, accelerators, workspaces and labs, along with mentors and experts from every industry into the ecosystem, which will be powered by www.startupsantafe.com.
“Startup Santa Fe is an initiative that will build on the abundant assets we already have as a community,” said Cyndi Conn, Executive Director of Creative Santa Fe, “and will encourage community-wide collaboration to build on those assets and also to fill in key gaps in the system. This initiative promises to dramatically strengthen our city’s tech and entrepreneurial industries.”
About Startup Santa Fe—Startup Santa Fe is a public private partnership with the City of Santa Fe and Creative Santa Fe to provide access to entrepreneurial resources online and throughout New Mexico. www.startupsantafe.com
About Creative Santa Fe—Creative Santa Fe (CrSF) is dedicated to strengthening Santa Fe’s creative economy to enhance the quality of life for citizens and visitors through collaboration and innovation. CrSF is a catalyst for action by building public/private partnerships to oversee projects that have a direct economic impact, encourage citywide collaboration, and attract new funding sources to our city.