The goal of Creative Startups is to get your venture beyond the launch stage to profitability and growth.


Creative Startups LABS is a short and sweet pre-accelerator program designed for startups just getting off the ground.   

Frequently Asked Questions


What is are the LABS? Libraries as Launchpads? How are they different than the Accelerator?


Our 4-week LABS program is designed for entrepreneurs in the first steps or stages of starting and growing a creative company. Libraries as Launchpads is a new program we are offering in partnership with New Mexico Libraries. This program will be our typical LABS program, but in person meeting will happen weekly at local libraries in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Raton, Santa Fe and Zuni. For more detail on Libraries as Launchpads visit here. 

If you are working on growing your creative business and need a bit more business "smarts" LABS could be a great fit. Participants will:

  • Learn how to find and delight customers
  • Understand low cost product development methods
  • Planning for cash flow and reaching profitability

The difference in the LABS and the Accelerator is the LABS are half the time commitment, do not cover financial statements and do not have the same intensive mentor interaction as the Accelerator. This program is ideal for those that want to discover if this is a startup worth going to maket and determining the next steps to get there quickly. LABS will help you idenitfy your ideal customer, learn to pitch your business and connect to additional resources that will aid in your business growth. 



Who should apply?

  • Creative entrepreneurs with an idea, ready to take the next step to action.
  • Startups newly entering the marketplace.
  • Students planning a company launch.

Creative entrepreneurs with an idea, ready to take the next step to action.

Startups newly entering the marketplace.

Students planning a company launch.


Tell me about the application process.


Just like our Accelerator, the LABS have an application with limited space being offered. The application has easy questions that reveal the story behind your startup. Not only do we want to know about your creative business ideas and progress in building a company, but we want to know about you the entrepreneur.

Libraries and Launchpads applications are now open!
The application should take less than an half and hour to complete. 

Libraries as Launchpads is only open to those that are in New Mexico or can get to a local library weekly in April. If you would like to know when the next LABS opens that may be in your area or fully online please fill out this short inquiry form and we will be in touch. 


How much does the program cost and what does this fee cover?


Libraries as Launchpads has no fee to participate!
For this first round with the Libraries of New Mexico, we will be selecting a small cohort of around 20 teams. Apply here! 

This program is generously underwritten by grants from NM Gas, ArrowheadNew Mexico EPSCoR, and private donations.  Without this support, we have to charge each founder $4,500!


I'd like to find out more. Who can I talk to?


Libraries as Launchpads applicants can join Wednesday March 7th at 10:00 am or Thursday March 8th at 6:00 pm for an information session to ask questions and learn more.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using any phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 255-678-765

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All other inquiries -

Please fill out this short inquiry form and we will get in touch. 


When will Libraries as Launchpads be held?


February 18 - March 10, 2018

Onboarding - Welcome meeting

March 27, 2018

Classes online

April 2 - 27, 2018

In person meetings

Thursdays, April 5 - 26


What topics will be covered?


Business concepts and strategy. Your vision, mission, customers, and opportunity. MVP, sales pipeline, and much much more. We will spend time on your startup assessing the market landscape and how best to launch, grow, or pivot your idea.