Velocity
[9 Week Creative Business Accelerator]
Turn your creative passion into a growing business

Velocity is a 9-week accelerator designed for the creative entrepreneur. Velocity delivers online and in-person skill development with cohort members and mentors. Through a high impact, startup success curriculum, teams gain the knowledge and tools to better think, create, tell and run their businesses.

There is no cost to apply. If selected, the fee for participants is $995. The fee will cover the cost of the course, books, access to mentors, meals and accommodations for Kick-off Weekend and Velocity Week in Winston-Salem, NC.

Countdown to 2020 Velocity Demo Night

Agenda
[The Velocity Timeline]
You could call it The Roadmap to Success

10 teams participate with a kick-off weekend in Winston-Salem, NC to meet mentors and cohort members. The accelerator will end with Velocity Week, a 5 day intensive, in Winston-Salem to work on-site with mentors and investors to refine their business models.

***In person gatherings will be dependent on the current COVID-19 policies at the time of the accelerator. CCE follows the State of NC and CDC guidelines. Residential components of the program will be changed to online delivery as needed.

Week 1: Cohort Onboarding

It all begins!

Week 2: Kick Off Weekend

Get to know your fellow cohort members and mentors!

Week 3: Think

Customer Experience, Value Chain & Teamwork

Week 4: Create

Creative Mindset & Innovation Process

Week 5: Create

Development & Process Map

Week 6: Tell

Customer Profile, Positioning & Messaging

Week 7: Tell + Run

Marketing Materials, Story & Leadership

Week 8: Run

Sales Cycle, Sales Force, Budget & Fund Raising

Week 9: Velocity Week

Join the entire cohort and mentors back in Winston-Salem for investor pitches and Demo Day
Mentors
[24 Modules]
Business Skill Development

 The online accelerator begins July 28, with a robust curriculum with 24 modules that are organized around the themes, “Think, Create, Tell, and Run.” Up to 10 teams are selected to critically focus on their business.

Think
Understand and analyze your market and industry.
Create
Define and develop your product and create a plan to go to market.
Tell
Develop your story, messaging, and marketing materials to position your product in the market.
Run
Understand how you will make revenue and make sure it makes sense for your business.
Demo Night
Win Equity Free Seed Funding

Velocity will take place at 500 W. 5th St., 3rd Floor in Winston-Salem, NC.

Funding
[Equity Free Seed Funding]
Winners Split

Velocity Week includes a public Demo Day with interactive community feedback, and a Pitch Competition where the top three teams split a pool of $50k through 0% interest loans, which are equity free.

  • Business Experience – Successfully Starting and Growing a Company
  • Identifying Customers and Defining the Competition
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Financials
  • Pitching
  • Investor perspective and knowledge
Sponsors
[Sponsors & Partners]
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They Say
[Testimonials]
What do attendees say?

Velocity brings together a great curriculum, industry expertise, and mentors to develop the best version of your business and get traction in the market.

EduMotion
As a creative company moving into the Ed Tech space, the accelerator provided the strategic advice we needed to launch a digital product and begin to scale nationally. The program prepared us to be competitive for grant opportunities, such as our recent success in the NewSchools Venture Fund Ed Tech challenge.
Margot Toppen

Margot Toppen

[2018 Accelerator Alum]
Point Motion
The accelerator has impacted our business by preparing me, the CEO, to effectively communicate, and develop a clear vision. Without that clarity, I could never convince these mega contributors to come on board.
Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark

[2018 Accelerator Alum]
Jenni Earle
Always a person with ideas and a will to create, the Accelerator was the foundation for me to build a successful creative business. I now live the life I only dreamed about before.
Jenni Earle Hopkins

Jenni Earle Hopkins

[2017 Accelerator Alum]
Natalie Rebecca Design
The people I met through the accelerator have provided incredible insight and support as I continue to grow my business. The mentors and other participants make the accelerator a top-notch program. I am confident that I will look back on this experience in 5, 10, 20 years and know that it was one of the defining experiences in my career as an entrepreneur.
Natalie Holm

Natalie Holm

[2018 Accelerator Alum]
40+
Creative Businesses Launched
90%
Are Still In Business And Thriving
$8.1mm
Million In Revenue Earned By Cohorts
$7.4mm
In Investments Raised by cohorts
News
[Our Blog]
What's New?

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