Creative Startups, the world-class program that helps creative entrepreneurs develop their 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, with support from the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts, 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 (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida). Deadline for applications is July 1, 2016.

Creative Startups is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM. Their programs are run in regions throughout the world. The goal of Creative Startups is to get creative business ventures beyond the launch stage to customer acquisition and profitability. 

Companies in the creative enterprises compete to participate in the program, with 10-12 teams chosen to participate in an intensive 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 Acceleratorwill be spearheaded by the Center for Creative Economy, with the online program starting on August 8 and the “Deep Dive” taking place from September 26-30 in Winston-Salem. 

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