Applications for Creative Startups program open until June 3

Update: Deadline extended to midnight June 10.

Calling all University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) alumni, faculty, staff, students and other creative types: Applications are now open for the Creative Startups Winston-Salem Accelerator, hosted by the Center for Creative Economy (CCE).

Designed by and for creative entrepreneurs, Creative Startups is a world-class program that works with startups to deliver mentorship, investors, networks and information to accelerate a company’s success. The accelerator is built for creative entrepreneurs who are past the idea stage and are actively building out their ventures.

The Creative Startups Winston-Salem Accelerator offers an intensive, eight-week program that is open to startups anywhere in the world. Up to 10 startup teams will be selected based on their business/startup – not on location.

During the first six weeks of the Winston-Salem Accelerator, the startups will critically analyze their business models and receive tools and training by using a virtual, online program. During the final “Deep Dive Week,” all startups will meet in Winston-Salem to work together and network with more than 30 industry experts who are mentors and investors. The week includes a demo night with interactive community feedback, and ends with a pitch competition where the top three startups compete to split a pool of $50,000 in seed stage investment through interest-free loans.

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Originally published April 26, 2017.

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