Creative Startups Accelerator

CCE actively supports creative entrepreneurs by hosting the
Creative Startups Accelerator


Mentors & Staff with 2016 Winston-Salem Cohort

CCE has partnered with Creative Startups to launch its business accelerator in the Southeast. The program was made for creatively-driven companies that want to compete for $50,000 in investment funding. The 8-week accelerator helps creative companies develop their markets, identify customers, and funding resources. Creative Startups helps creative ventures get beyond the launch stage to customer acquisition and profitability. 

The 2016 Cohort began online courses on August 8th that continued through September 16th. They then joined the Center for Creative economy in Winston Salem, NC for a 5 day Deep Dive from September 25-30th. On September 28th, CCE and the 2016 Cohort held a public Demo Night- an evening of food, networking and entertainment in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Atrium where the guests were the judge for the startups marketing pitch! Check out the full photo album!

The 10 companies represent an array of unique creative businesses, racial diversity, and geographies from Chicago to Mexico City; including Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Raleigh and Winston-Salem. Visit here to learn more about each company.

Check out the video highlights from the Creative Startups Awards Breakfast 2016:

The top 3 winners are:


The full 2016 cohort included:

Interested in applying or the 2017 cohort? Visit periodically for updated information. The application process will begin in May or June 2017.