Kinetic Creative Boot Camp Finale –  March 27th

Center for Creative Economy receives $20,000 grant from Truist Foundation 

Winston-Salem, NC March 18, 2021 – The Center for Creative Economy announced today it has received a $20,000 grant from the Truist Foundation in support of the 2021 Kinetic Boot Camp for creatives.  “We are excited to announce this funding for CCE’s thriving programs for early stage entrepreneurs. Our cohort from Winston-Salem and across the country enter their final week preparing to deliver their business pitches.  CCE serves all creative entrepreneurs and this grant helps bring more businesses to life in 2021,” according to Margaret Collins, Founding Executive Director. 

Kinetic kicked off in February with a three-day opening event, welcoming creative entrepreneurs and mentors. The 4-week boot camp culminates in the Kinetic Finale on March 27 where business founders pitch to CCE’s mentors, sponsors, and partner network. The final pitches begin at 1:45pm and are followed by award announcements. 

Of the startups chosen for Kinetic, 67% are run by women entrepreneurs. Kinetic is an intensive program that helps creative entrepreneurs define their target customers, validate their idea, and develop a financial forecast and business model. Entrepreneurs work with professional mentors to guide them through the next steps in the boot camp and beyond.

 “As a creative, there is something special about being in a room with other like minded entrepreneurs, and the support has been fantastic,” said Kinetic cohort member Jonathan Dockery, founder of The Downtown Art Academy  in Winston-Salem. 

Truist Foundation is the lead funder of Kinetic sessions in Spring and Fall 2021.  CCE thanks Truist Foundation for supporting and acknowledging creative entrepreneurs and startups and their contributions to our community and beyond.  

CCE wishes to acknowledge additional sponsors who have helped make the Kinetic Boot Camp 2021 possible. These include DataMax Foundation, now known as Twin City Development Foundation, NC IDEA, Builders and Backers Studio, Parsec Financial, and Salem College.

The Spring 2021 cohort is using their creative talents to bring innovation to their industries. Below is a brief overview of their ideas:

(Winston-Salem, NC): THE DOWNTOWN ART ACADEMY – Makes traditionally exclusive arts education accessible for all. Students gain access to the best classical art education.

(Winston-Salem, NC): FOISEIL – Hand poured soy and coconut wax candles and natural body care products.

(Winston-Salem, NC): DELISH BRANDING CO – Helping hospitality businesses succeed with creative, effective marketing solutions.

(Greensboro, NC): XCEPTIONAL EMPIRE – Digital subscription-based membership for creatives who struggle to find a sense of community, networking opportunities, and ways to exercise their craft.

(Zionsville, IN): ZANMI FONDWA – Fosters community by hiring Haitians to build high-quality homes for their neighbors, engaging new homeowners to give back to the community through volunteer service and financial contribution to their new home.

(Winston Salem, NC): WINSTON SALEM ART SUPPLY – Local, independent, brick and mortar retailer of quality art supplies in downtown.


The Center for Creative Economy (CCE) provides inception stage business training to expand the capacity of creatives and artists to emerge as viable entrepreneurs. Learning critical skills at the beginning of a creative founder’s journey is vital for success. Our customized education and mentorship programs fulfill our mission to Launch, Grow, and Accelerate creative entrepreneurs and businesses.

The Truist Foundation is committed to Truist Financial Corporation’s (NYSE: TFC) purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Established in 2020, the foundation makes strategic investments in nonprofit organizations to help ensure the communities it serves have more opportunities for a better quality of life. The Truist Foundation’s grants and activities focus on leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Learn more at 

Contact:  Nicole Gentles,  336-897-6075