Libraries as Launchpads


Creative Startups LABS coming to a library near you!

Creative Startups in collaboration with the New Mexico State Library and regional public libraries brings you Libraries as Launchpads. The program equips libraries with the resources entrepreneurs need to build innovative businesses and generates future-facing jobs for by supporting startups in the creative industries across the state.

"We want to say, ‘we're not that quiet anymore' and change the perception of what a library space is and how it can be used."
Participating Librarian





Libraries as Change Catalysts

Libraries as Launchpads weaves three core activities that, in combination, grow sustainable capacity in  communities seeking to lift up creative entrepreneurs:

  1. Collections Development,
  2. Community Capacity Building,
  3. Entrepreneurship Education.


"I meet people who left out community to pursue other oppurtunities who would have liked to come back to participate in this."
Local Educator


Through this project, libraries become change catalysts, driving economic opportunity, job creation, and inclusion in their communities.


This “bootcamp” styled entrepreneur education program is designed for entrepreneurs seeking to enter the market and gain traction. LABS is a 5-week program including 4-course modules, and optional others, peer-to-peer learning, and 1-1 feedback for startups from idea stage to early revenue. Creative Startups faculty co-teach LABS with library Educators as they learn the curriculum and become fully equipped to teach on their own.

"This is an incredible program

the concepts I learned have, already

in just weeks, improved the way I am

running my business."
Alumni Entrepreneur


Want your library to become a Launchpad?


Are you an entrepreneur, support organization or governement representative, community member, or librarian who would like this program to come to your town? Let us know by clicking the button below.


Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates and times?


(Spring 2019 info)

Application Open: January 7th - February 24th, 2019

Round One: Anthony, Lovington, Hatch, Silver City, and Los Lunas

On-boarding at your local library: Tuesday March 12th, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:30pm

In-person classes at your local library: March 18th - April 12th, 2019 - Tuesdays 6:00 pm-7:30pm and one other time*.

Application Open: January 7th - March 17th, 2019

Round Two: Deming, Hobbs, Las Cruces, and Socorro

On-boarding at your local library: Tuesday April 23rd, 2019, 6:00 pm-7:30pm

In-person classes at your local library: April 29th - May 24th, Tuesdays 6:00 pm-7:30pm and one other time*.


*Weekly meeting times for each library are as follows:

Lovington, Silver City, Deming, Hobbs, Las Cruces: Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00-7:30 pm

Socorro and Los Lunas: Tuesdays 6:00-7:30pm and Saturdays 12:00-1:30pm


Can I talk to someone in-person about the program? Will you read my application beforehand?


In-person and online info sessions are happening weekly while applications are open.  Visit our Facebook events page to find an info session that works for you!

Can't make it to any of these sessions? Please email Ginny at: to schedule a time to talk.

Submit your application by 11:59 pm MDT on February 3rd and someone from our team is happy to review your applications and make suggestions. Email Ginny once you've submitted to get feedback.


How long does the program last?


Creative Startups - Libraries as Launchpads program is essentially 5 weeks in duration. 

Week 1: On-Boarding & Welcome

Week 2 - 5: Modules 1-4 - online and in-person


What are the classes about?


The Creative Startups LABS curriculum was built from scratch by creative entrepreneurs - for creative entrepreneurs. Working with Stanford faculty we have created an awesome, robust, and effective learning journey for creative founders. Topics include customer discovery, prototyping, sales, and pitching your idea. Classes meet twice times weekly at your local library with additional time required for assignments - yep, it’s intense! 


What should I expect for time commitment if accepted into the accelerator?


Most founders tell us they spend anywhere from 8-12 hours/week for the 5 weeks of the course.  As an entrepreneur, you know that you get out of it what you put into it!


I am the only founder of my business - can I still apply?


Yes. We value teams of two or more founders or partners but realize you are early on in the process!


We are a nonprofit startup - can we apply?


Yes, but note we do not take more than one nonprofit startup per cohort. 


I have a great idea for a business, but I haven't started my business yet - should I apply?


Yes, you are a perfect fit for this program!


I am already running my small business - can we still apply to Libraries as Launchpads?


Yes, you should apply!  Creative Startups LABS is helpful for small business looking to reach more customers and explore new markets.


Is this program restricted to only New Mexico startups?


No. You are welcome to apply from nearby locations as long as you can attending in-person meetings at your chosen library twice a week.


What are the selection process and judging criteria for applicants?


After submitting your application they are sent to our judges to chose the participants.

Selection criteria includes: Creative and innovative; your vision for the future and scalability; your understanding of the market and market potential; you and your team's passion and experience.


Are there funding opportunities?


No funding opportunities for this program are currently available.


What are the "creative industries"?


The creative industries include a wide range of sectors.  The thread woven throughout these sectors is creativity and culture, arts and expression. According to the newly released, and first-ever estimates of the creative sector’s contributions to the US gross domestic product, the total output from arts and cultural production were $916 billion in 2011.


 What does the program cost?
 Libraries as Launchpads is a free program. There is no cost to participate. 


Please contact us if you have any questions!