Released by Siobhan Olson (Feisty PR) and Margaret Collins (Center for Creative Economy)
Creative Startups, the world-class program that helps creative entrepreneurs develop business models and identify venture capital funding, has launched its newest business accelerator program for the Southeastern United States. Hosted by the Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC, the program announced that it is now accepting applications from creatively-driven companies that want to compete for $50,000 in angel or venture capital funding. Companies from throughout the United States can apply, however this location makes it easy for companies in the Southeast to participate.
Deadline for application is July 1, 2016. To apply, go to www.creativestartups.org/ws
Creative Startups, headquartered in Albuquerque NM, runs programs throughout the world and is unique with its focus solely on the teaching and mentoring entrepreneurs in creative industries with mentorship from entrepreneurs in those industries.
Companies in the creative enterprises compete to participate in the program, with 10-12 teams chosen to participate in an eight-week session that includes a six-week online course using Stanford University’s entrepreneurship curriculum, and a five-day “Deep Dive” in which the teams work one-on-one with global visionary and creative leaders. The Southeastern Accelerator will be spearheaded by the Center for Creative Economy, with the online program starting on August 8, 2016, and the “Deep Dive” taking place from September 26-30, 2016, in Winston-Salem.
During September, Deep Dive will include DEMO DAY at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in Winston-Salem. Teams will showcase their innovations to funding prospects, business, community leaders, and the media.
The competing teams also “pitch” their business concepts to angel and venture capital funding leaders to be one of three teams to receive a share of $50,000 in investment funding.
“We are excited to bring Creative Startups to the Southeast,” said Alice Loy, Co-Founder of Creative Startups. “Our goal is to accelerate success and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurial, creative businesses through education, mentoring and access to angel and venture capital investors.”
In the past 18 months, companies in the program have raised on average $152,000 in funding while benefiting from 800+ hours of mentorship. Combined, Creative Startups mentors raised over $360 million for new ventures. For a full list of the 2016 mentors, visit www.creativestartups.org/mentors.
To apply, entrepreneurs can visit www.creativestartups.org.