Creative Startups Accelerator 2018

Meet Our 2018 Creative Startups Winston Salem Cohort

Animation Bee Studios - Miami, FL

Animation Bee Studios offers 2D, 3D, and motion graphic animation services to help facilitate in-demand needs and orchestrate a true and effective customer experience.

ArtPop - Charlotte, NC

ArtPop promotes the work of local artists and makes art accessible to communities through available media space.

Beaumonde - Raleigh, NC

Beaumonde connects humans with events & experiences through compelling immersive content that can be accessed anywhere online.

DrikyBot - Bordeaux, France

An entertainment company that promotes brands by creating a unique and futuristic experience with customers involving dancing robots.

EarlyGroove - Winston Salem, NC

EarlyGroove connects people to events, information, and opportunities that promote personal, social, and cultural well-being. Our mission is to inspire and strengthen communities through creativity, innovation, and connection.

EduMotion - Chicago, IL

EduMotion energizes schools by fostering inclusion, respect and social awareness through the joy of movement. EduMotion is now launching SEL Journeys, a digital learning platform that empowers passionate educators across the country to integrate SEL and movement into their school day.

Joy Fire - Winston Salem, NC

Joyfire is an artful home decor brand with a social conscience. Our sustainable textile products and evocative designs fuel joyful living and worthy causes. Fuel the fire. Feel the joy

Natalie Rebecca - Raleigh, NC

Natalie Rebecca Design, LLC creates planners and planner pages that are stylish and functional.

Point Motion - Boston, MA

Music based motion control application for the enrichment & assessment of children with special needs.

The Pepper Merchant - Winston Salem, NC

The Pepper Merchant (TPM) specializes in handcrafted, artisanal hot sauces. All peppers and produce going into a TPM bottle are grown locally by S. Davis Alford in the Winston-Salem area.

What Makes Us the Leading Startup Accelerator for Creative Entrepreneurs in the Southeast?

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Up to 10 startup teams are selected to critically focus on their business models over eight weeks while taking part in a robust curriculum of concepts, tools and training that delivers high impact business skill development to creative enterprises.

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 Demo night Winston Salem

Be a part of the growing creative economy and join us on for a community event that brings creative minds together under one roof!

Our 2018 Creative Startups Accelerator Cohort includes 10 teams of widely diverse businesses ranging from Animation, Art, Culinary, Design, Ed Tech platforms to assist with Autism, Dance, and Events, as well as Virtual Reality, and Entertainment. These teams represent a geographic range from France, Boston, Chicago, Miami, Charlotte, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem.

Come check out the 2018 Creative Startups Accelerator Cohort as they pitch their companies for the very first time!

5:30 pm Cocktails & Networking 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Startups Pitch 7:00 pm Reception and Meet the Teams



Creative Startups Winston-Salem Success Stories

Carrie Shaw
Embodied Labs will be celebrating 2 years and currently has 13 academic institutions and 11 long term care & home health agencies using their software for caregiver training and development. Most recently, Embodied Labs took home the 250K Grand Prize in the Bill & Melinda Gates XR in Education Prize challenge! The company has won numerous other awards including $50,000 as a finalist in the US Dept of Education's Ed Sim Challenge and the IDEO/AARP/United Healthcare's $25,000 Challenge for Caregiving for Dementia.  Embodied Labs has recently closed a seed round of funding of $550,000.
Shayla Herndon-Edmunds

Oh My Goodness Herbal Bar, a boutique offering customized natural and holistic products and services to enhance health and well being, received $25,000 for business improvements and operations. The company has more than quadrupled production capabilities by upgrading their equipment and therefore increased efficiency and organization by renovating their production space.Oh My Goodness has also launched the service side of its business by opening their massage practice where customers can enjoy products, services, and events.  

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 2018


Is It Time to Accelerate Your Creative Business?

This year our team toured around the southeast looking for passionate startups ready to scale their creative business!

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


Each year we get to know incredible individuals and teams excited to learn more about Creative Startups and how they can be involved.

If you or a startup you know are interested in growing their creative business and would like to learn more contact us.

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

Join Us on September 25th for Demo Night


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