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Creative Startups is the leading accelerator for creative companies.

 

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Starting and growing a creative company is tough! We know that first hand and we help you overcome these challenges and avoid the risks you are sure to face. In fact, while 90% of startups fail, 80% of the startups that have come through our accelerator are still going strong!

If you are selected to take part in Creative Startups you will:

  • Work 1 on 1 with world-class mentors from your industry
  • Access our global network of mentors and investors
  • Craft a profitable business model, reach new customers
  • Connect to industry leaders and open doors to bigger markets
  • Network with visionary creatives, founders of iconic brands, & CEO’s
  • Pitch to our network of Investors excited to support creative ventures

Online Courses

Creative Startups 6 week interactive course centers on cutting edge startup methodologies including Lean Launchpad, Business Canvas, and Customer Validation/Acquisition.  Here's what is different: our entire approach reflects the creative process, design thinking, and a passion for creativity. 

The Accelerator course was built in partnership with Creative Startups by leading entrepreneurship faculty of Stanford University and is coupled with decades of experience working with creative entrepreneurs.  In addition to teaching core entrepreneurship concepts, Creative Startups increases your leadership skills, helps you develop your interpersonal communication "toolbox", and connects you with a supportive network and resource set through mentoring and alumni engagement.

5 Day Deep Dive

Following the 6 week course all the startups Creative Startups brings together the startups, mentors, and alumni for a 5 day intensive.  Throughout the Deep Dive you'll be surrounding by people who are passionate about your success and who work with you to put into action the business model you are building. The Deep Dive culminates with our Demo Day and Pitch Day with investors.

Compete for Investment

Participating creative startups have the opportunity to compete for a portion of our $50,000 investment pool, continued mentorship and business products and services. The Top Finalists will also pitch to professional, angel, and philanthropic impact investors and be matched to a mentor for 6 months. Top Finalists are chosen during the Deep Dive by the cohort, mentors and faculty.

Connect to a Global Network

Creative-Startups brings together the nation's largest gathering of creative founders, investors and mentors in the startup community. From wildly successful entrepreneurs who have founded and grown their own creative companies, to investors whose passion is creative ventures, you'll be mentored and assisted by people who are passionate about your success. 

 


 

HEAR WHAT OUR ALUMNI ARE SAYING!

I was amazed by the quality of mentorship and network connections. I was also blown away by the other entrepreneurs.
~Creative Startups Alum