Where Creatives Find [Join Us For Demo Day on October 17, 2024] Direction & Speed Cohort Based | Mentor Focused | High Impact
Hit the gas on your start-up
Turn your creative passion into a thriving business

The Velocity business accelerator helps entrepreneurs develop viable businesses rooted in creativity. This 10-week, cohort-based program includes a robust curriculum (with in-person and remote options), skilled facilitators, and a customized mentor team of subject matter experts from every business discipline. Master business basics, solidify your positioning, and refine your pitch. This year, the winner of Velocity Demo Day will get a $10,000 seed grant. Also, two participants will each receive $5,000 as seed grants for the Wells Fargo Emerging Women Entrepreneurs Awards. 

Our program focuses on these 5 creative industries:  

  • Apparel, Fashion, Textiles & Design
  • Content Creators, Digital Tools & Media
  • Creative Health Tech, Beauty & Wellness
  • Arts & Entertainment Industry
  • Culinary & Food Innovation

Join Us for Demo Day on October 17, 2024

Click here to register for this free event.

[The Velocity Timeline]
Customized Curriculum

The accelerator begins August 13 with a robust curriculum and 4 tracks designed to support creative entrepreneurs take their ventures to the next level.

The cohort will hit the ground running during Kick-off Week from August 13-16 by engaging in workshops, meeting mentors and building their network. 

Weeks 2-9 will focus on engaging with the customized curriculum and the robust mentor team.

The accelerator will wrap up with Velocity Week, October 14-18, where cohort members will work on-site to refine their business models and gear up for Demo Day on October 17  – an opportunity to pitch for the public and learn who will win this year’s seed stage grants!

Sprint 1

Utilize a creative mindset to understand yourself, your customer, and your market opportunity

Sprint 2

Put knowledge into practice through marketing, branding, communication and product

Sprint 3

Dive into the business components through financials, legal, human resources and more

Sprint 4

Bring it all together through presentation and pitch
Velocity Demo Day 2024!

Velocity will take place at 500 W. 5th St., 3rd Floor in Winston-Salem, NC on Oct 17th, 2024.

[Seed Stage Grants]
Win Seed Stage Grants!

Velocity Week includes a public Demo Day with interactive community feedback and a Pitch Competition. Seed grants will be awarded to winning teams. 

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They Say
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.

For me and FELOH, Velocity was a catalyst! This accelerator helped me quit my job and recommit, full-time, to my passions!
Camille Heard

Camille Heard

[Accelerator Alum]
Imagine.io, formerly Live Furnish
Velocity introduced us to mentors and investors which resulted in our first round of angel funding. Velocity stands out as one of the few accelerators building a community of entrepreneurs.
Preet Singh

Preet Singh

[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

[Accelerator Alum]
My Relief Wear
CCE empowers creative entrepreneurs by giving us a chance, and I appreciate CCE for allowing me to have a chance [to succeed].
Mary McElya

Mary McElya

[Accelerator Alum]
Creative Businesses Launched
Are Still In Business And Thriving
Million In Revenue Earned By Cohorts
In Investments Raised by cohorts