Winston-Salem, NC (September 24, 2021)- 6 finalists of the Velocity Creative Accelerator will present their innovative businesses during this year’s hybrid in-person and virtual Demo Day on Thursday, September 30. This is the sixth creative accelerator hosted by the Center for Creative Economy (CCE) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
The 6 creative companies have been participating in a 10-week intensive education and mentoring program that culminates with the top three startups splitting a pool of $50,000 in seed-stage investment. Demo Day is the culmination of Velocity Week, a five day program featuring customized content and mentoring.
During Demo Day, each participant will be pitching and showcasing their creative businesses to prospective funders, businesses, and the community.
At this event, you can explore in-person demo tables and hear each startup pitch. Funding awards will be announced at the end of the program.
Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Time: In-person Demo Tables open at 4 pm.
In-person and virtual program begins at 4:30 pm.
Where: Winston Starts @ 500 West 5th Street, 4th Floor, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Virtual Option Available.
Registration: The event is free, and registration is required:
https://bit.ly/DD2021V, link for virtual attendees available after registration.
Please note, in accordance with CCE Covid safety protocols, CCE is asking all in-person DEMO DAY attendees to show proof of their vaccination card or a negative Covid test administered by 9/27 or a more recent date for admittance into the event.
Since its inception in 2016, CCE’s creative accelerator program has launched 50+ companies, with 82% still in business, having made $9.9 million in revenue, raising $13.1 million in investments, and having created 167 jobs. “Our startups have made huge strides each year. We are proud of their great work serving customers and growing their businesses. The 2021 cohort is no exception, and I’m sure will do very well in the marketplace,” says Margaret Collins, CCE’s Founding Executive Director.
The new cohort’s companies challenge old ways of doing business and offer new, creative solutions:
- JSQ Designs (Winston-Salem, NC): An apparel manufacturer that creates unique and inclusive button-down shirts from scratch in Winston-Salem, NC.
- Frogshop (Newark, NJ): Software specifically for gyms to streamline their business and most importantly, learn their member’s online shopping behaviors.
- My Relief Wear LLC (Greenville, SC): Moving closer, every day, to making pain relief and comfort synonymous. Tomorrow is the day we don’t have to stop to ice.
- Luna Creative (Wilmington, NC): A design and marketing studio that helps clients create positive change, with a focus on sustainability.
- The Sukhi Project (Washington DC): Team/Employee digital wellness programming in the modern workplace to foster effective collaboration and reduce burnout – ultimately resulting in added employee contribution.
- Three Strands Recovery Wear (Winston-Salem, NC): Garment company with a current focus on post-operative bras for mastectomies, breast reconstruction, augmentation, reduction, and other breast cosmetic surgeries.
Since July 27th, 2021, the Velocity participants have engaged in a robust curriculum developed by CCE in collaboration with Chris Mumford, Professor of Practice at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. This rigorous, street-smart curriculum is organized around the themes of Create, Tell, Sell, and Run, focusing on customer development, financial forecasting, business model, and product-market fit. Startups have worked with seasoned business mentors to guide them through the program.