Center for Creative Economy
CCE provides inception-stage business training to help creatives and artists develop viable businesses. Our customized education and mentorship programs fulfill our mission to launch, grow, and accelerate creative businesses.
A nonprofit organization, CCE strives to strengthen the creative economy and the creative community in Winston-Salem, NC and beyond.
Since 2016 CCE's Impact
- 80 creative startups launched
- 61% founded by women
- 32% founded by minorities
- 80% are still thriving
- 289 jobs have been created.
Our cohorts' success
- $14 million in revenue earned
- $21 million in investment raised.
CCE continues to support founders with mentorship and accountability as their businesses grow.
- Kinetic Creative Boot Camp
- Momentum Creative Business Network
- Velocity Creative Accelerator
Momentum Creative Business Network
Momentum brings together creative entrepreneurs at all stages of their journey to breakdown creative silos, connect, and build an innovative community.
- Online Directory
- Creative Business Network
- Online forum and community
- Job & Recruitment Board
Velocity Creative Accelerator
Hit the gas on your startup! 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 for a chance to win a portion of $20k in seed stage grants.
- Refinement of your creative business model
- Customized one-on-one mentoring
- Investor pitch development
Kinetic Creative Boot Camp
Take your business idea to the next level! Kinetic is a 4-week, cohort-based program that helps aspiring entrepreneurs workshop their early-stage creative business ideas and explore their customer base. Weekly curriculum (with in-person and remote options) is taught by a team of subject matter experts who mentor and counsel founders.
Kinetic graduates have successfully launched their startups, earned spots in business accelerators, and secured grants.
- Validate your business idea
- Discover and understand your customer
- Learn how to forecast the financials for your business
The work of the Center for Creative Economy is transforming the region’s creative cluster
by focusing on programming designed for creatives to engage, connect, and spur innovation.
News and Stories
Read the latest news and stories from The Center.
Marketing 101 teaches the principle of setting your business apart from the competition to be successful. In today’s competitive business landscape, this is not a simple task for any startup. Now more than ever, savvy consumers expect high-quality products, and equally high customer service experiences. A valuable tool to help […]
April and springtime symbolize change and new possibilities within ourselves and nature. The Center for Creative Economy’s Momentum meetup for April allowed its participants to explores mindfulness practices and help reduce stress and increase creativity. Rahul Kulkarni, the founder of Sukhi, led this journey to a mindful state. Rahul studied […]
Center for Creative Economy hosts SHINE, a Creative Showcase and 10th Anniversary Celebration Event at The Ramkat￼
Press Release- The Center for Creative Economy will host SHINE, a creative showcase and celebration to honor its 10th anniversary, on Tuesday, May 24th, 2022. The event will be held from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at The Ramkat, 170 W. 9th St., in Winston Salem. www.ccetriad.com/shine. The Champion sponsor for this event […]