Accelerators are effective. Occasionally.
And only if they deliver three key ingredients:
1.) An awesome network of successful mentors, investors, and service vendors. (Right, we all know that.)
2.) An expertise in a specific set of industries with the network that comes with that. (Yup, got it.)
3.) Experienced entrepreneurship educators and learning systems designers in place. (What? Say that again?)
What’s the first thing you meet in a book? It’s not the first sentence. Chances are it’s not one of those awesome blurbs on the back telling you how great the book is. Nope—even in our contemporary age of the endless Amazon scroll, the first thing you meet on a book is the cover!
Look around and you’ll see startups everywhere. Or, at least startups that are all grown up.
Facebook, Google, Uber, and The Weinstein Company, all started out as ideas and then were shaped, by their founders, into the mega companies they are today. Today’s startups are tomorrow’s behemoths.
But for far too long women have been brushed off, overlooked, pushed out or otherwise excluded from the startup landscape. We've been working on that problem for the last four years, and we're committing to do even more.
Described as the "United Nations of creative entrepreneurs," this summer the United States will launch a nationwide open call for founders and their teams to compete in the global Creative Business Cup (CBC). Hosted by Creative Startups, the CBC USA Finals will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 14th & 15th, 2017. Applications are open now through August 13, 2017, 23:59:59 EDT.
Since fall 2016 the inaugural Winston-Salem cohort has been actively working on their businesses. Each creative business has reached milestones and accomplished goals. Here are the updates on each of the creative companies.
Creative Startups talks with Amber Odhner & Catelyn Augustine, Co-Founders of Eat Me Ice Cream, members of the 2016 Albuquerque Accelerator cohort.
Creative Startups talks with Meredith Bennett, Founder and CEO of Devoted Human, a member of the 2016 Winston-Salem Accelerator cohort.
Creative Startups talks with Beth Stewart, Executive Director of Redress Raleigh, a member of the 2016 Winston-Salem Accelerator cohort.