Creative Startups Accelerator Impact Report

Creative Startups Impact Report 2017

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In 2016 the Center for Creative Economy launched Creative Startups Accelerator Winston-Salem with the mission to provide resources to creative entrepreneurs by offering access to a dynamic curriculum, mentorship, funding, and a supportive cohort. 2017 marks the second year of this program and the fourth year of Creative Startups nationally. The results and accomplishments of the participating companies have been striking.

Creative Startups Winston-Salem has seen 20 creative startups participate in the program representing 34 individuals. Alums have achieved impressive results raising $503k in investment for their companies and earning $654k in new revenues over the past two years. Creative Startups Winston-Salem has also reported 100% of all participating companies still in business. These numbers are not only a testament to the impact Creative Startups Winston Salem is making, but also to how CSWS Alums are changing the face of creative economy.

Creative Startups participants have described the program as “invigorating”, “empowering”, “revolutionary”, and “positively overwhelming”.

Here is what a few alumni had to say:

“One of the key changes that I see is in confidence in my business acumen. The most useful thing about this program has been really forcing myself to dig into aspectings of my business- planning, forecasting, and even dreaming- that I would have put off for later.” – Shayla Herndon-Edmunds, Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Oh My Goodness Herbal Bar ( Picture to the right )

“The beauty of Creative Startups is that you get to be an artist and have a successful business; it’s not one or the other. You get to have your artistic integrity and an amazing business model that makes you a profit at the end of the day.”  – Melanie Spitzer, Creative Director, Dance Adventures

“It’s like a Masters of Business Administration in 6 weeks. I’m married to an entrepreneur…  A lot of these things that we are learning in a matter of 6 weeks, it took him 15 years. If this program can prevent you from 15 years of heartache- 10 years of heartache- 1 year of heartache then it’s done its job. ” -Mary Margaret Folds Creative Director of Firelux

“The mentors have been amazing, and like Ana (Co-founder and CMO of Do Good Artist) said, actually the most valuable part of the process for us.” Iris Fagundo Cole, Co-founder and CEO, Do Good Artist

“This program is like every resource you’ve ever needed to get your business off the ground is handed to you on a silver platter.” Megan Taylor Morrison, Founder and CEO, Dance Adventures

“I am eternally grateful for the experience, knowledge, community, and mentorship we received through Creative Startups. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping us grow and open our wings!” – 2017 Alumni, Creative Startups Winston-Salem

 

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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.