Creative Startups Accelerator

Time to Accelerate Your Creative Business?

Consider an 8 week Startup Accelerator Designed for Creatives

Mentors for Startups


 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.



Meet Our Entrepreneurs

Carrie Shaw

Carrie Shaw works at the intersection of health education and virtual reality storytelling. She is the CEO and founder Embodied Labs, a virtual reality platform for healthcare services workforce training.

Tonya Sheffield

Tonya Sheffield is the Founder of The Dream School, a podcast and documentary film school that empowers youth and adults by inspiring them to capture and share their stories via blog posts and various media. Tonya has an extensive career in the film industry, with a special focus on documentaries.

Christal Schanes

Christal is the Founder of MEDwig, a high quality, custom, medical wig making company for people experiencing hair loss due to medical treatments.  Christal is skilled in Television, Film, Commercials & Theatre for the art of Wig Building, Hairstyling, Makeup & Prosthetics. She is an Associate Professor of Wig and Makeup at UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem and has a history of working in the entertainment industry.

"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. 

April 12th 2018 | WINSTON-SALEM, NC

April 16th 2018 | DURHAM, NC

April 18th 2018 | GREENSBORO, NC

April 23rd 2018 | WILMINGTON, NC

April 25th 2018 |  ASHEVILLE, NC

April 25th 2018 |  CHARLESTON, SC

May 2nd 2018 |  WINSTON-SALEM, NC

May 10th 2018 |  WINSTON-SALEM




Learn why Creative Startups Accelerator is the leading accelerator for creative enterprises 

 Applications Close June 3rd. 


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