2 Locals Picked For Creative Startups Contest Program

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 22, 2017
Two Wilmington firms are competing in Creative Startups in Winston-Salem, which kicks off this month and includes vying for $75,000 in angel and venture funding.

Educational game company Kidobit and film production company Corey Chandler Productions were among 10 companies picked for the program, according to officials with Winston-Salem-based The Center for Creative Economy.

Although several of the chosen companies hail from Winston-Salem, applications came in from across the country and internationally, with finalists from Los Angeles and Massachusetts also represented along with the Port City startups.

The 10 teams, chosen by a panel of judges from a pool of 55 applicants, participate in the eight-week session. That time includes a five-day Deep Dive starting Sept. 22 at the Creative Community Lab in Winston-Salem, where the companies work one-on-one with mentors and leaders. The five-day event also includes a demo night during which the teams showcase their innovations to potential investors and community leaders.

The rest of the program’s time is made up of a six-week online course with entrepreneurship curriculum customized for creatives and developed with former Stanford University faculty, organizers said.

“The goal is to educate entrepreneurs on successful business practices and move creative ventures beyond launch stage to customer acquisition and profitability,” according to an announcement from the Creative Startups organization, a nonprofit based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that runs accelerator programs.

As part of Creative Startups’ Southeastern Accelerator program, the competing teams also pitch their concepts to investors and mentors, and three teams will split $50,000 in seed-stage investment funding. Another $25,000 in support and shared services will go to a creative business affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
Ico insights


Nealjohnson 12191614553

Five Signs It's Time to Sell Your Home

Neal Johnson - Network Real Estate
Jim ellis headshot 10311631058

Second Helpings:How to Repurpose Content

Jim Ellis - Signal
Volety 0020 1121724229

Arts Education: A Cultural and Economic Resource

Aswani Volety - UNCW College of Arts and Sciences

Trending News

A First Look At Independence Mall's Upcoming Transformation

Cece Nunn - Mar 19, 2018

ILM Set To Get New Jet Bridge, Readies For United

Christina Haley O'Neal - Mar 21, 2018

Open Air Dining And Drinks At Cloud 9 Rooftop Bar

Jessica Maurer - Mar 21, 2018

Nori Asian Fusion & Sushi Bar Now Open At The Pointe At Barclay

Jessica Maurer - Mar 21, 2018

Washington NC-based Meal Prep Service Opens Wilmington Location

Jessica Maurer - Mar 21, 2018

In The Current Issue

MADE Winners - Supporter Category

Eclipse Artisan Boutique is the MADE Winner in the Supporter Category....

Rouse On Remaking The Mall

Changes are on the way to Independence Mall, one of the most high-profile commercial properties in the Cape Fear region. On April 5, the Rou...

2018 MADE Honors Region’s Makers  

In the third year of our MADE Awards competition, the winners covered a wide range of products being conceived and produced in the local mar...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with John Gizdic, CEO, New Hanover Regional Medical Center
Wilmington's Most Intriguing People of 2017
2017 Health Care Heroes