From Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Bruce Krasnow...
A New Mexico nonprofit is receiving national recognition for leading the way in the fast-emerging field of creative entrepreneurship.
Creative Startups has been awarded a $190,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo. based group that aims to advance entrepreneurial success.
“This takes it to another level,” said Tom Aageson, co-founder of Creative Startups. “It appears Kauffman has been following us and sees that we are leading this effort.”
Creative Startups works in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque to help artists and those in the creative industries develop a for-profit business model. It has developed a six-week online curriculum with experts who teach business development, financing and law, as well as marketing and resiliency.
Its' business accelerator program concludes in a “deep dive” at an Albuquerque hotel where the business owners chosen spend intensive time with mentors and those looking to fund projects to narrow their ideas and set specific goals.