Time to Accelerate Your Creative Business?
Consider an 8 week Startup Accelerator Designed for Creatives
BUSINESS SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The online accelerator begins July 31st, with a robust curriculum of concepts, tools and training customized for creative enterprises. Up to 10 startup teams are selected to critically focus on their business models over eight weeks.
5 Day Deep Dive in Winston-Salem
In the final week, Sep 23-28, a 5-day Deep Dive in Winston-Salem brings together the participants, for a highly personalized experience with 30 industry experts as mentors and investors.
Equity Free Seed Funding up to $25k
The Deep Dive week includes a public Demo Night with interactive community feedback, and ends with a Pitch Competition where the top three startups split a pool of $50k through 0% interest loans, which are equity free.
Creative Startups Winston Salem invests in 3 creative startups at the end of each Accelerator cycle.
$50,000 in seed stage funding is split among the top 3 startups. The funding is awarded as no interest loans, all equity free.
1st place, $25,000
2nd place, $15,000
3rd place, $10,000
An additional $10,000 in support and shared services is available through an Artpreneur Grant for a creative business affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The creative enterprise must be accepted and fully participate in the Creative Startups Accelerator, as well as agree to operate in or relocate to Winston-Salem This addtional support is made possible through a continued partnership with the Kenan Institute for the Arts.
Meet Our Entrepreneurs
"Creative Startup Accelerator was an anchor point in our journey as founders"
~ Carrie Shaw ~ Founder, Embodied Labs
Creative Startups Accelerator
Is It Time to Accelerate Your Creative Business?
We will be touring around the southeast looking for passionate startups that are ready to scale their creative business.
Learn more by attending one of our info sessions.
May 24th | Online Info Session
May 24th | The Forge Greensboro, NC
May 25th | Creative Mornings Asheville, NC
May 25th | Creative Mornings Raleigh, NC
May 10th | Venture Cafe WS/NC
May 9th | Online Info Session
May 4th | Advent CoWorking Charlotte NC
May 2nd | Creative Community Lab WS/NC
April 27th | Creative Mornings Raleigh
April 25th | Local Works Charleston SC
April 25th | Center for the Craft Asheville NC
April 23rd | Wilmington NC
April 18th| HQ Greensboro NC
May 16th | American Underground Durham NC
April 12th | Venture Cafe WS/NC
April 10th | Launch Event WS/ NC
Can't make it to a live info session?
If you can't make it to one of our live info sessions, don't worry. We have recorded the content and you can view the slide deck and listen to the recording on your own time. After listening, please click the button below to apply for Creative Startups via F6S, the online site for the application.