Libraries as Launchpads

Creative Startups LABS coming to a library near you!

Creative Startups has partnered with the New Mexico State Library, Fab Lab Hub, NMSU Arrowhead Center, Partnership for Community Action, and regional public libraries, to launch Libraries as Launchpads. This innovative new program is designed to generate future-facing jobs for New Mexicans by supporting startups in the creative industries across the state.

For Creative Entrepreneurs

Libraries as Launchpads will bring the Creative Startups LABS: Pre-Accelerator program to libraries across New Mexico. Our 4-week LABS program is designed for entrepreneurs in the first steps or stages of starting and growing a creative company. LABS courses meet weekly in your public library and fast track your entrepreneurial success!

If you are working on growing your creative business and need a bit more business "smarts" LABS could be a great fit. Participants will:

  • Learn how to find and delight customers
  • Understand low-cost product development methods
  • Planning for cash flow and reaching profitability
"The mentoring and teaching at Creative Startups was second to none. We worked one-on-one with visionary global leaders and now I am truly ready to grow my creative business." -Creative Startups Alum



Through this project, libraries will become change catalysts, driving economic opportunity, wealth creation, and inclusion in their communities.


This “bootcamp” styled entrepreneur education program is designed for entrepreneurs seeking to enter the market and gain traction. LABS is a 4-week program including 6-course modules, case studies, peer-to-peer learning, and a celebratory final event for startups and their champions and supporters. Creative Startups faculty co-teach LABS with library Educators as they learn the curriculum and become fully equipped to teach on their own.

Libraries as Launchpad Sites
Raton Library, Santa Fe Public Library - Southside Branch, ABQ - South Valley Library, Las Cruces - Thomas Branigan Memorial Library, Zuni Public Library, ABQ - Partnership for Community Action


Launch: February 12, 2018
Application: February 19 - March 10
Launchpad LABS: April 2 - 27; Onboarding March 29


Applications for the inaugural cohort have closed.

Are you an entrepreneur, community member or library and would like this program to come to your town? Let us know by clicking the button below. 


Please contact us if you have any questions!



Thank you to our awesome partners and generous sponsors!