Etkie, Santa Fe
Nominated by: Santa Fe County
Sydney Alfonso created Etkie to fill the demand of the luxury market for mission-driven, value-based products. Etkie employs an artisan network of Native American beadworkers, jewelers and craftspeople based in New Mexico, and was founded to support indigenous people with living wages while keeping traditions alive. Currently, Etkie employs 11 and plans to double their retail accounts to 160 worldwide in the near future which will allow the company to expand their workforce. Etkie was a 2015 Venture Acceleration Fund award winner.