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If you like hearing local entrepreneurs’ stories, visiting new venues and sharing that experience with others, then join Kick-Ass Entrepreneurs (KAE) of Santa Fe at our entrepreneur Story Time events, typically on the 1st Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:30ish PM from February to November.

Since January 2018, KAE has organically grown to events consistently attended by 25–65 local fans of entrepreneurship, curious community members and ecosystem players each month. KAE features storytellers who hail from across ages, stages and industries – from tech to food startups, to multimillion-dollar moguls kicking ass for years.

And with time to schmooze with other smart, hardworking, motivated, creative and supportive entrepreneurs and like-minded Santa Feans before and after every entrepreneur Story Time event, you’ll get to experience for yourself just how friendly and collaborative Santa Fe’s startup and entrepreneur community truly is.

Typical flow:
6:30-7 Grab a Drink, Order Food + Schmooze
7-8ish Story Time + Audience Q+A
8-8:30 More Schmoozing

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Generously sponsored by the City of Santa Fe's Office of Economic Development.

Upcoming events (2)

Entrepreneur Story Time: New Mexico Hard Cider

New Mexico Hard Cider Taproom

Couldn’t be happier than to kick off our 6th year by having NM native, Craig Moya, share his story with New Mexico Hard Cider at his taproom on 505 Cerrillos Road. Born in Galisteo, Craig moved with his wife and three kids to Santa Fe and was working at the SF County Fire Department when his idea for New Mexico Hard Cider began to brew.

It started in 2013 when a friend asked him to help him pick his grandmother’s apple and pear trees before the fruit dropped in her yard. Well, they ended up with 300 to 400 pounds of fruit they were trying to figure out what to do with it and after some research into cider, Craig discovered it was an up-and-coming beverage. From there, the stars simply aligned (and Craig worked pretty dang hard).

It turned out Craig’s uncle had an orchard in Villanueva, NM that was overgrown and needed work, so he began to restore that orchard while home brewing and waiting for all the licensing to come through. And once he got the licenses, he obtained the funding for the equipment, set up the taproom downtown and grew New Mexico Hard Cider into his full-time enterprise.

And with growth comes the need for more apples, and Craig’s done an incredible job of keeping it close to home, as after years of helping out by pruning apple trees to slowly restore the orchards on the grounds of the living history museum at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, they’ve harvested tens of thousands of pounds of them apples and used ‘em to make various flavors to keep local hard cider fans super happy. Craig even donates back to the museum a percentage of the proceeds for each of those harvests’ pints, growlers and crowlers sold. How do you like them apples?

And while there’s sometimes food flowing at the taproom, there won’t be when we meet, so feel free to grab some food next door from our friends at CHOMP to bring over and enjoy while sipping some hard cider and schmoozing before we settle down for Story Time starting at 7 PM. In the meantime, you can read more about New Mexico Hard Cider and all the hard work that goes into the making of Craig’s concoctions in Pressing ahead: Living history museum's apples fuel New Mexico Hard Cider from the Albuquerque Journal and in Edible New Mexico’s Local Hero: Wine/Cider Interview with Craig from last spring. See you on the 2nd!

Volunteer Time: The Food Depot

The Food Depot

Join us to schmooze AND be of service to our amazing community!!! 😊

You see, every hour donated to The Food Depot by volunteers like us means more $ to spend providing meals to people in need. If you can commit the 2 1/2 hours, then YEAH! RSVP here and thank you!

And since TFD wants us all to be super safe, all staff and volunteers must be vaccinated AND boosted, so please email your Covid vaccination record to [masked] beforehand or be sure to bring it with you.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE READ - Last minute cancelations and no-shows make me SO sad. That's why I'll ask you to please, please, please change your RSVP if you realize you won't be able to make it or remove yourself from the waitlist if your availability changes, this way we can fill your spot and do our best for the TFD during our reserved time slot. Thank you so, so much!

Past events (86)

Volunteer Time: The Food Depot

The Food Depot