LABS Pre-Accelerator: Fall 2018


2017 Impact Report

University of Minnesota Duluth


Creative Startups Duluth is now accepting applications for first LABS cohort!

Creative Startups Duluth is the result of a cooperation between the University of Minnesota’s Duluth (UMD) and Minneapolis (UMTC) campuses, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Northland and the McKnight Foundations. UMD is home to the nation’s only undergraduate program in cultural entrepreneurship, and the City of Duluth is making a name for itself as an outdoor adventure destination and craft industry hub. In 2014, Outside Magazine named Duluth the Best Town in America for outdoor adventures. Duluth’s Lincoln Park Craft District is home to many new and exciting craft businesses, from softwoods manufacturing to cider production. The LABS program will be the new catalyst for launching more creative business in the region.

The participation fee for the LABS program in Duluth will be $125. This fee is waived if participants provide a 1-2 page letter of recommendation from a community leader, non-profit organization or business leader that is active in the creative economy.


2018 LABS - Important Dates

Applications Close: September 3, 2018

Cohort Announcement Event: Thursday, September 27

Meet the Teaching Team: Saturday, September 29

Onboarding: Week of October 1st

Classes: October 8th - November 5th, Monday and Wednesdays, 5:30-8pm (no class Wednesday Oct 31st)

LABS Expo: November 7, 2018 6pm


Want to learn more?

Check our LABS page for more details on the program. Follow us at - Creative Startups Duluth to stay updated about upcoming informations sessions.