Creative Entrepreneurs Receive $1,000 and numerous Awards from the Center for Creative Economy

Winston Salem, NC – March 22th, 2022 – Nine idea-stage entrepreneurs earned awards during the Center for Creative Economy’s Kinetic Creative Bootcamp’s final presentation. 

CCE accepted nine creative teams all from Winston Salem, NC to participate in Kinetic, 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.

The 4-week boot camp culminated in a final presentation where founders gave a five-minute pitch to CCE’s mentors and special guests. Below are the participating teams and awards received. 

The Mom League – is founded by moms, Annie Chambers and Kelly Maxey,  with the goal of helping all new moms thrive. They were granted  the Kinetic Potential Award of $1,000, from the Center for Creative Economy. Other awards received include the Flywheel Coworking Space Award of 1-month free access to the Flywheel facilities. The Mom League was also recognized for interviewing the most customers which is required in the Kinetic program. 

Colllab – founded by Arianna Bohning, is an app that provides a centralized platform for fostering connections between professional collaborative pianists and those in need of their services. Arianna earned the Most Improved Award for her work throughout the four-week Boot Camp. 

Spirited – founded by Natalie Scarritt, provides traditional, lecture-driven tours of Winston-Salem that are lively, engaging, educational, and crafted by experts. This team won the Flywheel Coworking Space Award of 1-month free access to Flywheel facilities. 

Riot Golf –  founded by Kirsten Schambra Stevens, a golf brand designed for women, was granted the Social Media Award consisting of three 45-minute pro-bono marketing consulting sessions with Daryl Shaw of Royalty Marketing. They were also awarded the Flywheel Coworking Space award of 1-month free access to Flywheel facilities.

Anne Marie Designs –  founded by Anne Pembaur, provides a private atelier experience for brides, with inclusive sizing, exceptional value, and one-on-one attention from their designer. They were awarded the Kinetic Legal Award consisting of $1,500 of pro bono legal services, from Jeff Wolfe of  Schell Bray.

ReadySetGo Media –  founded by Seth Wingate, provides “turn-key” marketing campaigns designed specifically for the HVAC industry. This company was awarded the Cohort Choice Award with the prize of a  Jenni Earle bandana! ReadySetGo Media also won the Top Website Landing Page Award. 

Dash City Gaming & Media – founded by Paul Stevens and Jefferson Nicholson, is a Winston-Salem-based gaming and multimedia production team that strives to create a community of like-minded individuals who know how to work hard and play even harder. Dash City Gaming and Media were awarded the Kinetic Top Financial Forecast Award. 

Such-N-Such Media –  founded by Timothy Beeman, provides ​personalized media for business and entertainment needs. Their services include podcast production, podcast consulting, voice-overs, a/v production and editing, social media management, and emcee/event host services. 

Blackfish– founded by Mandez Douthit,  is a full-service talent management and marketing agency that develops, enhances, and manages brands for organizations and individuals.

Within Kinetic’s performance competition, mentors reviewed each company’s documents including a financial forecast, marketing one-page collateral, and website landing pages. Our mentors provided helpful feedback and comments.  A special thanks to Jenni Earle Hopkins, founder of Jennie Earle who delivered an inspirational talk on the final day. 

CCE extends a special thanks to our sponsors for the Kinetic 2022 boot camps. These include The Winston Salem Foundation, Truist Foundation, Twin City Development Foundation, and Forsyth County.    


The Center for Creative Economy provides inception-stage business training to help artists and other creatives 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 has helped launch 56 creative startups in its accelerator, 67% of which were founded by women and 53% by minorities. Today, 83% of those companies are still thriving, and 167 jobs have been created.

Our cohorts have earned $10 million in revenue and raised $11 million in investment. CCE continues to support founders with mentorship and accountability as their businesses grow.