Creative Startups Accelerator – OG

CCE actively supports creative entrepreneurs by hosting the
Creative Startups Accelerator

Mentors & Staff with 2016 Winston-Salem Cohort

Application Open: May 1 – June 11 (Extended to June 18!)
On-Boarding July 31 – August 4
Classes: August 7 – September 15
Deep Dive: September 24 – 29


The Center for Creative Economy hosts Creative Startups Accelerator and is the lead partner for Creative Startups across the Southeastern U.S.A. This intensive 8-week program virtual program is open to all startups regardless of location. The first 7 weeks startups will critically analyze their business model and be provided tools and training to combat tough situations. The final week all startups, mentors and investors will travel to Winston-Salem, NC to work together and network during the Deep Dive. This week ends with a pitch competition where the top three startups split a pool of $50,000.

New this year is an additional $25,000 in support and shared services 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, and agree to operate in or relocate to Winston-Salem. This increased support is made possible through a continued partnership with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

We have scheduled many information sessions to help with Q/A. Hope to see you at one of them soon!

Wednesday May 3rd7:30 AMRegisterFlywheel @ CDI, Winston-Salem NC
Wednesday May 10th2:00 PMRegisterUNCW Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Wilmington NC
Wednesday May 10th5:00 PMRegisterOnline
Thursday May 11th11:00 AMRegisterHQ Raleigh, NC
Wednesday May 17th5:30 PMRegisterCreative Community Lab, Winston Salem NC
Friday May 19th10:30 AMRegisterThe Refinery Creator Space, Asheville NC
Wednesday May 24th5:30 PMRegisterHygge Coworking, Charlotte NC
Thursday May 25th6:00 PMRegisterUNC School of the Arts, Winston-Salem NC
Tuesday, May 30th2:00 PMRegisterOnline
Wednesday, May 31st5:00 PMRegisterCo//ab, Greensboro NC
Thursday, June 1st6:30 PMRegisterImurj, Raleigh NC
Monday June 5th5:00 PMRegisterOnline