SEE OUR COHORT IN ACTION!
Join the Center for Creative Economy on Thursday, September 26, for the 2019 Velocity Creative Accelerator's DEMO NIGHT.
Come meet 10 teams of diverse businesses that have completed an intensive 9-week accelerator designed for creative entrepreneurs. Teams will be in Winston-Salem to compete to split $50,000 in seed stage funding offered equity free from the Center for Creative Economy.
These teams are from Winston-Salem, Raleigh, San Francisco, Columbia (MO), Lovettsville (VA), New Delhi (India), and Mexico City (Mexico).
They focus on design, interactive digital photography,, creative health tech, gaming, fitness, 3D printing, and digital platforms for creatives.
At the event, you can explore the demo tables and hear each team's pitch. This is your chance to discover the next big thing in creative entrepreneurship.
Wake Forest Innovation Quarter
575 N. Patterson Ave.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Free drinks and food, while supplies last
The event is free and open to the public.
MEET OUR 2019 COHORT
Created and Powered by Center for Creative Economy
Velocity is a 9-week accelerator designed for the creative entrepreneur. Velocity delivers online and in-person learning with cohort members and mentors. Through a high impact, startup success curriculum, teams gain the knowledge and tools to better think, create, tell and run their businesses.
10 teams participate with a kick-off weekend in Winston-Salem, NC to meet mentors and cohort members. The accelerator will end with Velocity Week, a 5 day intensive, in Winston-Salem to work on-site with mentors and investors to refine their business models.
Teams will take part in a pitch competition and demo night on September 26. The top three teams will split a pool of $50,000 through a 0% interest loan, equity-free. The Center for Creative Economy does not take any equity in the winner's company.
Another perk for Velocity participants is the opportunity to apply for the Explore Program at Winston Starts, an incubator with resources, mentors and space to move from startup to scale up. Learn more about the Explore Program.
BUSINESS SKILL DEVELOPMENT
The online accelerator begins July 30, with a robust curriculum with 24 modules that are organized around the themes, “Create, Tell, Sell, Run.” Up to 10 teams are selected to critically focus on their business.
The accelerator will kick-off in Winston-Salem August 9-11. Velocity Week, Sep 22-27, a 5 day intensive in Winston-Salem, brings together the participants, for a highly personalized experience.
Equity Free Seed Funding
Velocity Week includes a public Demo Day with interactive community feedback, and a Pitch Competition where the top three teams split a pool of $50k through 0% interest loans, which are equity free.
What The Startups Say
“As a creative company moving into the Ed Tech space, the accelerator provided the strategic advice we needed to launch a digital product and begin to scale nationally. The program prepared us to be competitive for grant opportunities, such as our recent success in the NewSchools Venture Fund Ed Tech challenge.”
Margot Toppen, EduMotion, 2018 Accelerator Alum
“The accelerator has impacted our business by preparing me, the CEO, to effectively communicate, and develop a clear vision. Without that clarity, I could never convince these mega contributors to come on board.”
Kevin Clark, Point Motion, 2018 Accelerator Alum
“Always a person with ideas and a will to create, the Accelerator was the foundation for me to build a successful creative business. I now live the life I only dreamed about before.”
Jenni Earle Hopkins, Jenni Earle, 2017 Accelerator Alum
“The people I met through the accelerator have provided incredible insight and support as I continue to grow my business. The mentors and other participants make the accelerator a top-notch program. I am confident that I will look back on this experience in 5, 10, 20 years and know that it was one of the defining experiences in my career as an entrepreneur.”
Natalie Holm, Natalie Rebecca Design, 2018 Accelerator Alum
The Center for Creative Economy’s mission is to Launch, Grow, and Accelerate creative entrepreneurs and businesses. CCE has a proven track record of helping creative businesses grow and remain sustainable.
For the last 3 years, CCE has hosted an accelerator, licensed through Creative Startups, that has helped launch 30 creative businesses with 46 founders. Since 2016, accelerator alumni have produced revenue of $3.4 million and have raised $3.1 million in investments, with 87% still remaining in business.