Mix Mat News

Big things have been happening over at Mix Mat. CEO Alex Van Dewark won a competition with our Mix Mat idea and we’ve partnered with Next Step Ministries to begin our philanthropic outreach initiatives.

Mix Mat Wins Prestigious Entrepreneur Competition

Recently Alex Van Dewark entered the Mix Mat into Chico State’s Center for Entrepreneurship competition and one. From there he took his idea up against the winners of four other participating California college campuses  in the Future Four Business Competition. Four schools and their business concept competition winners competed for over $8,500 in cash prizes, if front of a panel of highly experienced and powerful panel of judges- and Alex and the Mix Mat took first prize. For this he received $1,500 in cash and a scholarship (worth $6,500 ) to the entrepreneurial school, Bootup academy.

“BootUp is more than just a classroom, it is a complete, global startup ecosystem designed to create better entrepreneurs and accelerate their companies. They help entrepreneurs accomplish their startup goals by providing shared services including legal, accounting, event hosting and video production, plus a place to call home in the heart of Silicon Valley; startup best practices; mentoring with serial entrepreneurs; hands-on consulting; market access and funding.”

You can read more about this competition and BootUp here:



In the video below you can see Alex talking a bit at 2:34 and then again being awarded at the end around 5:45.

Mix Mats for Disaster Relief – We Need Your Help

Mix Mat has recently partnered with Next Step Ministries and is sending Mix Mats to be used on location at mission sites around the world dedicated to building and rebuilding the communities of those in need and that have been affected by disaster. Our mission is to to provide an affordable yet indispensable tool to the people on the ground trying to help. When projects are finished and the relief crews are leaving, the Mix Mats will be left for the locals to continue using so that they may continue to improve and upkeep their infrastructures. In relation to the kind of work Next Step is doing and how our Mix Mat will be used, Next Step provided us with these figures:

Next Step Ministry currently work in 16 different communities around the world

  • Most of our Domestic sites use concrete in small batches
    Uses of concrete are primarily for wheel chair ramps and decks
    We have however poured as many as 30 yards but those were ready mix trucks
    We have poured anywhere from 4-6 yards that was all mixed by hand
    Mainly for sidewalks, but we have mixed Foundation footers before
  • Our 3 International sites mix  a lot of Concrete, we do many full builds that include:
    Concrete Foundations
    Mortar for block
    Core filling of Concrete block
    Our primary method there is to mix by hand on the ground, typically called the “Volcano style”, and we like this method because we can mix a lot of concrete at one time. I have calculated that we can mix about 1/3 to a 1/2 yard of concrete per Volcano batch. We usually have 3 batches simultaneously for our big pours. Buckets are used to transport the mixed concrete
  • Next Step is primarily a volunteer organization
    this year we plan to have 7,000 students work with us
    They perform 99% of all the work we do.
    They perform all types of construction except for skilled trades such as electrical, plumbing, and HVAC
    we have a small team of Construction Professionals that does this work

After using our Mix Mats at mission sites in West Virginia and New Mexico, Next Step Ministry contacted us and purchased 30 Mix Mats to be used on their mission trips and then turned over to the people afterwards. Our goal is to continue this tradition of donating and sharing Mix Mats to help those in need. We are currently in the planning process of getting Mix Mats to areas in need of disaster relief, such as post earthquake Nepal. You can help us get this ball rolling by liking and sharing our Facebook page and visiting the Mix Mat website http://www.themixmat.com/ where you can buy Mix Mats or donate them through our website to causes like the Nepal Earthquake.