Santa Fe Innovates’ Ideation Process and Program 2021

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Join our ideation program and find out! Santa Fe Innovates’ five-week program begins Monday, April 12, 2021. The program curriculum includes an online learning platform, a virtual community, Saturday workshops, and mentoring sessions. 


We believe a successful program requires a community of experienced entrepreneurs and business leaders that listen, challenge, suggest and guide. Our mentoring community will be there with you throughout the process and program. We have also created a virtual community known as Go Social Entrepreneurs as a place to share ideas, connect with other like-minded individuals, and most importantly, learn from one another.


Our program uses Lean startup and Lean Canvas concepts and tools to explore, iterate, and validate your idea. The emphasis is on reducing risks and gaining traction, goals essential for every startup. The program includes Saturday workshops, mentoring sessions, and online videos, readings, and templates to support your work effort. We begin with a focus on the actual problems faced by the customer rather than perceived solutions. This is known as achieving a problem-solution fit. We make the case that business models should be built systematically with a customer-first approach that demonstrates traction, evidence that customers care about your idea. In reality, the business model, not the solution, is the product. More information on the program is available here.


The final week of our program wraps up with an idea pitch. The top two ideas, as determined by our review panel, will receive incentives such as financial support for business costs, market research expertise and market report development, access to co-working space, access to Bootstart on Leanstack for 60 days and access to our mentoring community. Also, we are offering incentives for all who fully complete the designated Foundation and Ideation modules and wish to continue forward with their startup ideas. The incentives include access to Bootstart on Leanstack and access to our mentoring community. More detailed information about the incentives is available here.

Ready to Join? 

Before joining, please read the details and expectations of the program. If you’re ready, you can register easily by completing this simple form. The application form requires:

  • Name, City, State
  • Email address
  • A three-sentence idea pitch

Submit the application form by April 10, and we will contact you. The program begins on Monday, April 12 with the online modules. Program acceptance includes access to our online learning platform, virtual community, Saturday workshops, and mentoring sessions (each Saturday and in our virtual community during the five weeks).


We want to thank the City of Santa Fe’s Department of Economic Development for their support of our ideation program! We also appreciate the generosity of Co-Fe, Santa Fe’s coworking community.

Kent Nutt

About Kent Nutt

Kent is a marketing and communications entrepreneur in high-tech and nonprofit industries. He’s a strategic thinker and hands-on implementer with experience building end-to-end, transformative marketing and communications programs for startups, Fortune 500 companies, growing nonprofits, and academia. Sectors included telecommunications, 3D printing, network software, semiconductors, web analytics, and scientific research.