CREATIVE STARTUPS BLOG

Accelerating the success of creative entrepreneurs

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.

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Startup accelerators are everywhere.

What started as an investment experiment with Techstars and Y Combinator, mostly focused on software technology in the early 2000s, has spread across the globe. 

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.

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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.

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Chart comparing entrepreneurship resources in different industries.

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?

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WELCOME!

Are you a creative entrepreneur? A creative economy planner?  community leader? designer? coder? creator?  Then YOU are driving the EXPLOSIVE growth in the creative economy.  And we applaud you!

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Communities are experiencing unprecedented economic disruptions as interconnected digital technologies proliferate and efficiencies in global markets expands. Human creativity and ingenuity have never been more essential to the economic well being of communities. Demand for creative goods and services – and the creative economy in general – is growing by leaps and bounds. Creative startups are increasingly leading economic opportunities for regions.

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