Creative Startups Accelerator

Time to Accelerate Your Creative Business?

Consider an 8 week Startup Accelerator Designed for Creatives

Mentors for Startups


 The online accelerator begins July 31st, with a robust curriculum of concepts, tools and training customized for creative enterprises. Up to 10 startup teams are selected to critically focus on their business models over eight weeks.

5 Day Deep Dive in Winston-Salem

  In the final week, Sep 23-28, a 5-day Deep Dive in Winston-Salem brings together the participants, for a highly personalized experience with 30 industry experts as mentors and investors.


Equity Free Seed Funding up to $25k

 The Deep Dive week includes a public Demo Night with interactive community feedback, and ends with a Pitch Competition where the top three startups split a pool of $50k through 0% interest loans, which are equity free.



Creative Startups Winston Salem invests in 3 creative startups at the end of each Accelerator cycle.

 $50,000 in seed stage funding is split among the top 3 startups. The funding is awarded as no interest loans, all equity free.

1st place, $25,000

2nd place, $15,000

3rd place, $10,000

An additional $10,000 in support and shared services is available through an Artpreneur Grant 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, as well as agree to operate in or relocate to Winston-Salem This addtional support is made possible through a continued partnership with the Kenan Institute for the Arts.

Meet Our Entrepreneurs

Carrie Shaw
Embodied Labs has just celebrated 1.5 years and currently have 13 academic institutions and 11 long term care & home health agencies using their software for caregiver training and development. The company has won numerous awards including the IDEO/AARP/United Healthcare's $25,000 Challenge for Caregiving for Dementia, and received $50,000 as a finalist in the US Dept of Education's Ed Sim Challenge. They have been featured in Forbes magazine, and numerous other publications.
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

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 Hopkins
Jenni Hopkins is the founder of Jenni Earle, a Design house specializing in hand dyed bandannas and hankies that channel courage, grit, and strength to the owner. All products are made by artisans in Winston-Salem NC and feature a message of empowerment as part of the design. Since Creative Startups, she has sold product in 32 states producing $75,000 in revenues in just 6 months! Jenni Earle was awarded the Made in the South "Style Award" from Garden & Gun Magazine.

"Creative Startup Accelerator was an anchor point in our journey as founders"

~ Carrie Shaw ~ Founder, Embodied Labs

Creative Startups Accelerator


Is It Time to Accelerate Your Creative Business?

We will be touring around the southeast looking for passionate startups that are ready to scale their creative business.

Learn more by attending one of our info sessions.

May 30th | HQ Raleigh Glenwood, NC 

May 30th | Winston-Salem, NC 

May 24th | Online Info Session

May 24th | The Forge Greensboro, NC 

May 25th | Creative Mornings Asheville, NC 

May 25th | Creative Mornings Raleigh, NC 

May 10th | Venture Cafe WS/NC

May 9th | Online Info Session

May 4th | Advent CoWorking Charlotte NC

May 2nd | Creative Community Lab WS/NC

April 27th | Creative Mornings Raleigh

April 25th  | Local Works Charleston SC

April 25th | Center for the Craft Asheville NC

April 23rd | Wilmington NC

April 18th| HQ Greensboro NC

May 16th | American Underground Durham NC

April 12th | Venture Cafe WS/NC

April 10th | Launch Event WS/ NC



Can't make it to a live info session?

If you can't make it to one of our live info sessions, don't worry. We have recorded the content and you can view the slide deck and listen to the recording on your own time. After listening, please click the button below to apply for Creative Startups via F6S, the online site for the application.

Learn why Creative Startups Accelerator is the leading accelerator for creative enterprises

 Applications are now closed. Judging for the 2018 cohort is underway.


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