Where are they now?

Six Months Ago...


In September we shared the 2016 Creative Startups Winston-Salem wrap up. Since then, the cohort has been actively working on their businesses! In addition to participating in the Piedmont Angel Network opportunities, ActionCoach workshops, and Swerve meetups, each creative business has reached milestones and accomplished goals. Here is an update about the companies in our inaugural cohort.They are making us proud! 

Creative Startups 2017 Applications opened May 1st!
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Embodied Labs


Since you've last heard from 1st place winners, Embodied Labs, they have been on the move! They are working in beta trials with customers, and focused on their next product launch.  They were awarded a spot in the StartUp Consulting Lab at UNC Flagler Business School, which is helping them define and prioritize their markets. Other recent awards include: 

  • Founder Carrie Shaw named "50 on Fire" by Chicago Inno   
  • Named 1 of 5 companies in the Frontier Tech Showdown in San Diego at the VR Summit  
  • Winner, Univ of Southern California, Center for Body Computing- Medical VR Hackathon: Hack Empathy  
  • Global Ed Tech Startup Awards, Fall 2016 – 1st Place, Western US Finals, "Best edtech startup West of the Mississippi" 
  • Selected from an international pool as 1 of 4 invited features for the VR Hospital
  • 3rd Annual Next Generation Learning Spaces Meeting, Spring 2017
  • Featured in Forbes and the Winston-Salem Journal 
  • Pending feature on PBS
  • Invitations to speak at Stanford Med X| Ed 2017, Virtual Reality World Tour, Spring 2017 London, and The Future of Learning with Virtual and Augmented Reality



The Feeling Friends


Founder, Karen Cuthrell, has been building the community presence and brand for The Feeling Friends. The company has been endorsed by Head Start of Forsyth County for the pre-school market which will help educators teach feelings to children. The Feeling Friends launched 4 digital books in February, and  the Feeling Friends Institute in March 2017! The team has formed a focus group for the first Feeling Friends plush toy and is looking forward to the next phase of marketing and public relations.


The Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall hit the ground running after the Deep Dive, and in 2017  will host their first Singer Songwriter Festival, and the 2nd Annual Women's Music Festival, Girls in the Creek. Their strong focus on behind-the-scenes business included hiring an accountant, working with a business coach, updating the website, and redesigning the menu.  Muddy Creek just announced plans to open a new location in Sparta, NC. They also make time each week for personal growth, and shared this Jim Rohn quote heard at a recent workshop, “Work hard at your job and you can make a living. Work hard on yourself and you can make a fortune.”  



Alan Henderson Studio


Alan has continued to grow his Studio which includes a custom wedding and specialized commercial print business. He has made significant progress on developing a wholesale line of stationery and gifts. He is continuously improving his products and service. Stay tuned for a new product launch in late summer!





Bodhe has been keeping busy in the new year. The company has expanded their team to increase marketing efforts via blogs and SEO. They have updated the website to provide better sales support and streamline customer service inquiries. They were recognized by the Guilford County Development Fund. The Bodhe team continues to work with suppliers, and can regularly be found speaking with hospitals and medical personnel about their product.



Devoted Human


Devoted Human officially opened its e-commerce doors on Black Friday, November 25th, 2016 and since then has doubled the inventory of pet-related, handcrafted products while significantly expanding the Devoted Human-branded product line. Fellow cohort member Alan Henderson, a letterpress artist in Winston-Salem, has produced beautiful handcrafted journals to the delight of customers. The company has been featured in a local blog and recently started advertising campaigns in Critter magazine and on AshevilleFM radio.


M.I.D. Goods released 15 new products, ranging from prints, stickers, t-shirts, and bandanas since the accelerator in Winston-Salem.  Their holiday sales increase from 2015 with sell outs of customer favorites like the botanical map and bandanas.  They are working hard to complete all 50 state designs for prints and stickers in time for Mother's Day. MID is doing some R&D testing prints on a new printer to speed up production and working to get products into more stores. They are working with a photographer and videographer to increase marketing and storytelling, and also lining up social media.  They are exploring options to boost sales and distribution. MID has big plans for 2017 and is excited to be focusing on their work.





Partnr has grown into a creative collaboration platform for freelancers, and companies to assemble teams with internal and external talent very quickly - on a project basis. You can see more here.  The platform has 185 freelancers, 15 teams & companies, and growing daily.


Redress Raleigh is moving forward with plans to launch an incubator and makerspace for sustainable fashion. They are collaborating with instructors and students from the NC State College of Textiles to increase the economic development opportunities for fashion and textiles in this area. This program serves as a 'stepping stone' for emerging designers to move from design through production to sales. It also gives students insigh into running their own business as fashion designers.They are currently accepting tax deductible donations  to help fund the space. Save the date of August 18th at CAM Raleigh to see designs on the runway at the Redress Fashion Show!






TALLER NU is  proud to present their recent collection ANUBLE. With the meticulous hand of artist and designer Maddalena Forcella, they are immersed in the elusive world of natural dyes and ancestral textile techniques. TallerNu uses Leather and Chamula wool, with the rich colors of indigo and yellow developed from natural ingredients, as the central components of this new collection.  


They  launched a Kickstarter campaign, to fund their mission to train female inmates with the artisanal skills to produce the TallerNu fashion products. This will ensure a steady source of income upon their release. Their goal is establish a place that flourishes with inspiration and humanness for all inmates at CERESO prison in Mexico.  They have exceeded their goal in the campaign raising more than $30,000. The funds will be used to purchase equipment, and hire industry professionals to train the inmates!