Creative Startups Winston-Salem Accelerator Program

The leading startup accelerator for creative entrepreneurs in the Southeast


Creative Startups Winston-Salem 2017 has come to an end. Nine teams participated in an eight-week intensive business development program developed by former Stanford University entrepreneurship faculty and customized for creatives, ending in a five-day “Deep Dive” in Winston-Salem where teams work one-on-one with visionary mentors, and creative leaders.

Oh My Goodness Herbal Bar, a boutique offering customized natural and holistic products and services to enhance health and wellbeing, received $25,000 for business improvements and operations. Jenni Earle Design was awarded $15,000 for her hand-dyed bandanas inspired by southern culture and courage. The Dream School received $10,000 for the company’s afterschool and summer camp programs that use podcasting, digital video and coding to enhance students’ learning skills.  Each company also receives legal services from Kilpatrick Townsend as part of their award.  

 

UNCSA Chancellor Lindsay Bierman presented the inaugural winners of the Chancellor’s Artpreneur Grant, awarded to UNCSA-affiliated participants in Creative Startups. Tonya Sheffield with The Dream School and an alumna of the School of Filmmaking, and Christal Schanes, with MEDwig (Winston-Salem) and an alumna/faculty member of the School of Design and Production will share consulting services, networking opportunities and funding totaling $25,000. 

Read more in our latest PR article here.

The 2017 Cohort:

Dance Adventures

Creative Experiences
Cambridge, MA
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An adventure travel company specializing in epic international dance tours that dive into local cultures.


Denizens
Plush

Toys & Games
Winston-Salem, NC
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An independent hand-manufacturer of weird, designer plush toys.


Do Good
Artist

Art & Design
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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A social enterprise that develops innovative partnerships between the arts and other industries.


 

 

FireLux

Wilmington, NC
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A tribe of filmmakers with the perfect alchemy to build beautiful productions, and passionately communicate stories.

 

 

 

 

Jenni Earle

Design
Winston-Salem, NC
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A design house specializing in hand-dyed bandanas inspired by tradition, southern culture, and courage.


 

 

 

 

Kidobit

Toys & Games
Wilmington, NC
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An educational game company whose first product teaches kids ages 5+ the basics of coding.


 

MEDwig Inc.

Design
Winston-Salem, NC
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A high quality, custom, medical wig making company for people experiencing hair loss due to a medical treatment.


 

 

 

Oh My Goodness

Health & Beauty
Winston-Salem, NC
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A boutique offering customized natural and holistic products and services to enhance health and overall wellbeing.

 

 

 

 Sincerely Cosmetics

Health & Beauty
Los Angeles, California
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A vegan non-toxic cosmetic company that gives a portion of sales to arts education for inner-city youth.


The Dream
School

Digital Media
Winston-Salem, NC
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An afterschool and summer camp provider that utilizes podcasting, digital video and coding to enhance student’s basic learning skills.



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