Libraries as Launchpads

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The Spring NM Outdoor Rec Launchpad has been postponed.


We are offering our Libraries as Launchpads program online at no cost to creative entrepreneurs through the end of May.

Re-designed to meet the urgent challenges business owners face due to coronavirus, the program supports entrepreneurs in navigating the current economic downturn. Click on Libraries as Launchpads below to learn more and get started.


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Libraries as Launchpads

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In Your Library!

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Transforming Libraries into Vibrant Economic Development HUBS



"We want to say, ‘WE’RE NOT THAT QUIET ANYMORE’ and change the perception of what a library space is and how it can be used."
Participating Librarian




The Libraries as Launchpads initiative:


Community Capacity - Library Programing - Connect and Position Libraries - Library Resources



"The Educator training & workshops gave me the perspective to be able to assist people coming in with business questions."
Librarian & Local Educator



Local Educators are trained to be a community resource:

Librarians and local Educators, identified by the community, participate in workshops and training to gain critical understanding of how to better serve creative entrepreneurs:  

  • comprehensive “train-the-trainer” program,
  • Educators course guide,
  • reference interview practice,
  • librarian business network conference calls.


"I meet people who left our community to pursue other opportunities who would have liked to come back to participate in this."
Local Educator




Entrepreneurs who went through the 4-week program report:


increased knowledge - more connections - stronger networks



"This is an incredible prorgam.  The concepts I learned have, aready in just weeks, improved the way I am running my business."
Participating Entrepreneur




Want Libraries as Launchpads in your community?

Creative Startups works with State Libraries, regional library systems, state and local government organizations, local libraries, community & friends groups, and foundations to transform their libraries into Launchpads.  Want Libraries as Launchpads in your community?




Frequently Asked Questions


What are the dates and times for this round?


Application Open: Applications are currently open for Outdoor Recreation/Tourism businesses

Libraries: Various Locations around New Mexico

On-boarding at your local library: Week of April 20th

In-person classes at your local library: April 27th-May 24th

Meeting with be 3 hours weekly with 5-10 hours a week needed to do assignments and watch/read educations materials online.


Can I talk to someone in-person about the program? Will you read my application beforehand?


Check back soon for details on in-person and online info sessions!

Can't make it to any of these sessions? Please email Ginny at: to schedule a time to talk.

Submit your application by 11:59 pm MDT on March 20th and someone from our team is happy to review your applications and make suggestions before the April 5th deadline. Email Ginny once you've submitted to get feedback.


How long does the program last?


Creative Startups - Libraries as Launchpads program is essentially 5 weeks in duration. 

1-week: On-Boarding & Welcome

4-weeks: Modules 1-4 online and in-person


What are the classes about?


The Creative Startups curriculum was built from scratch by creative entrepreneurs - for creative entrepreneurs. Working with Stanford faculty we have created an awesome, robust, and effective learning journey for creative founders. Topics include customer discovery, prototyping, sales, and pitching your idea. Classes meet twice times weekly at your local library with additional time required for assignments - yep, it’s intense! 


What should I expect for time commitment if accepted into the program?


Most successful participants tell us they spend anywhere from 8-12 hours/week for the 5 weeks of the course.  As an entrepreneur, you know that you get out of it what you put into it!


I am the only founder of my business - can I still apply?


Yes. We value teams of two or more founders or partners but realize you are early on in the process!


We are a nonprofit startup - can we apply?


Yes, but note we do not take more than one nonprofit startup per cohort. 


I have a great idea for a business, but I haven't started my business yet - should I apply?


Yes, you are a perfect fit for this program!


I am already running my small business - can we still apply to Libraries as Launchpads?


Yes, you should apply!  Libraries as Launchpads is helpful for small business looking to reach more customers and explore new markets.


Is this program restricted to only New Mexico startups?


No. You are welcome to apply from nearby locations as long as you can attending in-person meetings at your chosen library twice a week.


What are the selection process and judging criteria for applicants?


After submitting your application they are sent to our judges to chose the participants.

Selection criteria includes: Creative and innovative; your vision for the future and scalability; your understanding of the market and market potential; you and your team's passion and experience.


Are there funding opportunities?


No funding opportunities for this program are currently available.


What are the "creative industries"?


The creative industries include a wide range of sectors.  The thread woven throughout these sectors is creativity and culture, arts and expression. According to the newly released, and first-ever estimates of the creative sector’s contributions to the US gross domestic product, the total output from arts and cultural production were $916 billion in 2011.


 What does the program cost?
 Cost varies by location and support being offered.  Generally there is no cost to the entrepreneur.



Please contact us if you have any questions!