2019 Demo Night | Velocity Creative Accelerator



Thank you to everyone who joined us for Demo Night on September 26. We hope that you enjoyed meeting the 10 startups, exploring their demo tables, and hearing their two-minute pitches.

Award winners are:
Social Media Marketing awarded by Royalty Marketing
Melissa Capps, AstraHive

Winston Starts Explore Program
Mike Schmid, Elevate
Téa Blumer, iScribble
Evan Kline, Tokyn
Preet Singh, Live Furnish

Technology Development awarded by Sightsource
Evan Kline, Tokyn
Téa Blumer, iScribble
Preet Singh, Live Furnish

Legal & Velocity Seed-Stage Funding
$25,000: Preet Singh, Live Furnish
$15,000: Evan Kline, Tokyn
$10,000: Mike Schmid, Elevate

None of this would have been possible without our generous mentors and sponsors. Thank you for your continuous support of our creative community.

DEMO NIGHT was presented in collaboration with Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and  Venture Cafe Winston-Salem


Winston-Salem, NC


Audiciones Latinas | Velocity Creative Accelerator

Audiciones Latinas
Mexico City, Mexico

Bloom Collective

Bloom Collective
Winston-Salem, NC

Elevate Insoles | Velocity Creative Accelerator

Elevate Insoles
Winston-Salem, NC

The GINA Project | Velocity Creative Accelerator

The GINA Project
Columbia, MO

iScribble | Velocity Creative Accelerator

Raleigh, NC

Live Furnish | Velocity Creative Accelerator

Live Furnish Inc.
New Dehli, India

Momtography | 2019 Velocity Creative Accelerator

Lovettsville, VA

The Nexus Center | Velocity Creative Accelerator

San Francisco, CA

Tokyn | Velocity Creative Accelerator

Winston-Salem, NC



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.




 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.

Velocity Week

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.

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