This Monday the 2016 Albuquerque Creative Startups Accelerator Cohort will come together for a week long intensive Deep Dive in Albuquerque. They will be joined by our awesome mentors and guest faculty from around the country to make connections, build their networks, focus on next steps and pitch investors.
Meet some of the most exciting new businesses in the creative industries!
On Wednesday, October 26th, we invite Albuquerque's creative community to join us as we celebrate entrepreneurship and design together with the vision and hard work of the 10 participating Creative Startups teams, in one jam-packed evening. The Creative Startups teams from Albuquerque, the US and around the world will present their creative startups in a fast-paced showcase. After the showcase there will be food trucks, drinks, and networking with the entrepreneurs and the Creative Startup Mentors.
Join us for a celebration of the global creative community!
2016 has been an exciting year for Creative Startups as we:
- Launched our first new accelerator site outside of New Mexico;
- Received a grant from the prestigious E.M. Kauffman Foundation;
- Celebrated 80% of our startups from 2014 and 2015 still being in business!
These accomplishments would not have been possible without tremendous support from all of our participants. The startups as well as the mentors, guest faculty, and investors who support the startups throughout the 8-week accelerator and in many cases, throughout the year, make this work successful.
Several people have been especially helpful as we endeavor to expand Creative Startups to new regions in the USA and internationally. Margaret Collins, Founder of the Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC, believed in our model and adopted it before others stepped forward to do the same. Mayor Berry and his visionary team, including Gary Oppedahl, have provided funding and support from our inception. Bill Michener and NM EPSCoR have been champions of the New Mexico creative economy and our work since 2011! Our Board of Directors has been a stalwart source of support and guidance. Finally, the guest faculty who help teach our classes bring world-class knowledge and experience to our startups and their time and energy is much appreciated!
Together we are building a new generation of startups, centered on creativity, innovation, and shared prosperity.
We look forward to seeing what 2017 will bring!