WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- If you're a business owner looking for a boost, a creative pitch could mean big bucks!

The application process is now open for the second annual Creative Startups Winston-Salem. The world-class program helps creative entrepreneurs develop business models and identify funding.

Hosted by the Center for Creative Economy in Winston-Salem, NC, this year’s participants will compete for venture and angel funding up to $75,000 from a range of companies and organizations.

Companies throughout the United States and internationally can apply. This location makes it easy for entrepreneurs in the Southeast to participate.

Creative Startups, headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, runs programs throughout the world and is unique with its focus solely on teaching and mentoring entrepreneurs in creative industries with mentorship from entrepreneurs in those industries.

Ten teams will participate in an eight-week session that includes a six-week online course using Stanford University’s entrepreneurship curriculum customized for creatives; and a five-day “Deep Dive” in which the teams work one-on-one with global visionaries and creative leaders. The online program begins on August 7; the “Deep Dive” takes place from September 24-29 at the Creative Community Lab in Winston-Salem.

Competing teams also “pitch” their business concepts to investors and mentors to be one of three teams to receive a share of $50,000 in investment funding. New this year is an additional $25,000 in support and shared services for a creative business affiliated with the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

The creative enterprise must be accepted and fully participate in the Creative Startups Accelerator, and agree to operate in or relocate to Winston-Salem. This increased support is made possible through a continued partnership with the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts.

The deadline to apply is June 11, 2017. To apply, go to

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