Creative Entrepreneurs Get a $190K Boost From The Kauffman Foundation

From Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Bruce Krasnow...

A New Mexico nonprofit is receiving national recognition for leading the way in the fast-emerging field of creative entrepreneurship.

Creative Startups has been awarded a $190,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation, a Kansas City, Mo. based group that aims to advance entrepreneurial success.

“This takes it to another level,” said Tom Aageson, co-founder of Creative Startups. “It appears Kauffman has been following us and sees that we are leading this effort.”

Creative Startups works in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque to help artists and those in the creative industries develop a for-profit business model. It has developed a six-week online curriculum with experts who teach business development, financing and law, as well as marketing and resiliency.

Its' business accelerator program concludes in a “deep dive” at an Albuquerque hotel where the business owners chosen spend intensive time with mentors and those looking to fund projects to narrow their ideas and set specific goals.

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About the author

Alice Loy

Author Alice Loy is a Co-founder of Creative Startups, and has researched the creative industries for 15+ years. She has lived and worked in Europe, Mexico, and Central America, designed and taught university level courses ranging from Social Entrepreneurship to Environmental Ethics, and holds an MBA and PhD in Strategic Communication and Entrepreneurship.