CREATIVE STARTUPS BLOG
Accelerating the success of creative entrepreneurs
Meow Wolf provides an exceptional example of the positive impact an accelerator can have on team with raw entrepreneurial talent and drive. Prior to taking part in Creative Startups, Meow Wolf had consisted of a loose collective of artists building large scale “worlds of wonder” art installations. But in 2011 the group erected the Due Return, a life-size ship with interactive art throughout it’s bowels. The show attracted 25,000 paying customers and Meow Wolf realized they could become more than a collective of talented friends: they could revolutionize interactive gaming and entertainment.
Charco Creative Industrias is not a traditional creative agency explains Jordi Castells, one of the seven co-founders. “We believe everyone is a creative with a story to tell and we want to channel the collective creativity.” With staff in the US and Mexico, Charco is poised to become a leading media communications firm. Offering video production, original music and graphic design, the wrap-around services allow Charco to serve a range of clients.
Sydney Alfonso was born and raised in New Mexico. With an intuitive sense of design and an ability to easily engage with artists from diverse cultures, Sydney has rapidly scaled a small startup into a growing design company. In mid-2014 Sydney launched Etkie, a design company supporting Native American women artisans. Etkie designers co-design exquisite products and sell these into higher-end markets, earning living wages for the women and delighting customers with unique jewelry.
Startup accelerators are everywhere.
If you can think of an industry there’s probably a startup accelerator for it, including areas like finance, clothing, design, cryptosecurity, food, and education. Large public companies like Wells Fargo now start their own, and those that don’t often partner up with an accelerator via an innovation arm or investment decision.
A serial social entrepreneur, Azin Mehrnoosh, founded Bright bot in 2013 with a vision of building a leading education technology company. Passionate about using storytelling as a fundamental tool to improve learning and creativity in the classroom, Bright bot’s interactive apps are designed to expand a child’s imagination, cultivate storytelling skills, help with literacy and comprehension, and other key developmental traits.
Are you a creative entrepreneur, or “creator,” and wondering where all the love is? Where are the startup accelerators, investors, and boot camps for creative startups?