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[ April 21, 2021 by Shelby Newsome 0 Comments ]

5TH ANNUAL VELOCITY CREATIVE ACCELERATOR Applications Open

CCE announced today that applications are open for the 2021 Velocity Creative Accelerator. Applications can be submitted through June 6 at https://www.f6s.com/velocity-creative-accelerator-2021/apply.

Now in its fifth year, Velocity, conducted in collaboration Chris Mumford of Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill, is a 10-week accelerator designed for the creative entrepreneur. Through a high impact, creative startup specific curriculum, teams gain the knowledge and tools to better think, create, tell, sell and run their businesses. 

Ten seed-stage startups will be selected to take part in the program beginning July 27 with a Kick Off Weekend and ending with Velocity Week in Winston Salem Sep 26-Oct 1. At the conclusion of the program, participants will have the opportunity to pitch their business models to investors and industry partners at the 2021 Velocity Demo Day with the potential to receive equity-free seed funding of up to $25,000.

Past participants of the Velocity Creative Accelerator have won numerous awards from such prestigious entities as NC IDEA, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, CVS, US Department of Education, New Schools Venture Fund, and numerous accelerators and incubators where they receive follow-up funding. Winston Salem based teams are encouraged to apply to Winston Starts, a partner incubator where companies laser focus on scaling and success.

“As a creative company in the Ed Tech space, Velocity trained me well, and guided me so that I now have a clear direction,” said Chelsea Goodwin, founder of The Agent Accelerator.  “I also learned the value of mentorship, and am eager to learn from the best! I feel prepared and ready to rock my business this year!”

Winston Salem is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem, that welcomes creativity and innovation. The Center for Creative Economy partners with Winston Starts, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Flywheel, Agile City, HUSTLE, and REACH Women’s Network. There’s a growing synergy throughout Winston-Salem that embraces creative entrepreneurs as part of the robust economy.

“Creative companies in search of business resources, exposure and collaboration with large mentor networks should look no further than the Velocity Creative Accelerator,” said Margaret Collins, Founding Executive Director of CCE. “This year’s program will continue to build on what we’ve accomplished in bridging creatives to the resources they need to launch, grow, and accelerate their businesses.” 

Visit velocity.ccetriad.com to learn more.