“When our business was acquired, we were able to pivot and grow because of what we learned at Creative Startups.”
In 2013 Ivan founded Inmerssion, a company dedicated to building virtual agents (computer-generated characters with artificial intelligence) and virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (VR, AR, MR) applications. His goal was to help educate and entertain through engaging storytelling.
Inmerssion’s research and interactive software has been showcased in dozens of research conferences across the world, and the team collaborated with companies including IBM to create artificially intelligent virtual people.
Merging with Boost Human in 2017, the Inmerssion team continues building a mixed reality and artificial intelligence software for workforce development, productivity, and next-gen telecommunications.
Virtual events and design agency
Alt Ethos is an experiential, virtual events, installation, campaign, and design agency. The company creates physical fabrications, XR productions, virtual environments, and custom immersive worlds that come to life. Their talented team transforms clients’ vision into engaging events offering memorable experiences across multiple platforms.
Personalized itineraries for travelers
ROLA FAYYAD & IBRAHIM ABU RAJAB
“We were lucky to have been a part of the program. It helped us rethink and rebuild real value for our customers.”
ViaVii lets explorers travel “like a local and give back to communities”, offering authentic experiences and unique activities provided by locals and professionals.
Using proprietary AI technology, ViaVii designs personalized itineraries based on travelers’ profiles and preferences. The company recently closed seed funding that allows them to scale into additional Middle East markets, while developing a training program for tour operators, allowing capacity building in communities they operate in.
Immersive Media & Tech
Streaming platform celebrating black culture
DESHUNA SPENCER WINNER 2018 CREATIVE BUSINESS CUP
Offering over 350 undiscovered, award-winning indie films, documentaries, web series & kids shows celebrating global black culture, Kweli TV meets the growing demand for authentic stories of the global Black community.
Deshuna founded Kweli TV to provide a space to share & celebrate the excellence of black culture globally. Now with thousands of paying subscribers, the platform empowers filmmakers and is a catalyst for change, a space where big ideas are shared and implemented; a place that is a mixture of entertainment and education.
Comic book publisher for indigenous people
Lee Francis, PhD
“Creative Startups got it before anyone else did. They shared the vision, they backed us 100%.”
Today Native Realities is the world’s largest publisher of comic books for indigenous people, targeting a market of 300 million indigenous people worldwide.
Joining the accelerator in 2016, Lee was determined to launch the world’s first comic con for Native fans. Today, the con, Indigenous PopX, operates in the USA and Australia, with over 10,000 fans visiting every year.
Inspire action through interactive films
“Creative Startups helped us to understand how a business model could be applied to help Good Cinema stay a sustainable business and achieve our mission of building community and driving impact.”
GoodCinema was founded in 2018 at a time of divisive politics, racial tension, growing economic inequality, and the proliferation of technology in every aspect of our lives. Their mission is to cultivate connection and inspire action through interactive film and discussion experiences, hoping to create a more compassionate culture that values humanity and life above all else.
Imaginative, fresh takes on ice cream
Eat Me Ice Cream
CATELYN AUGUSTINE & AMBER ODHNER
Eat Me is founded by an American duo dedicated to wild pairings of food, culture and art. Drawing on their experiences as pastry artists and yogis, the two founders go together like whipped cream and maraschino cherry, crafting flavors like Lavender Goat Cheese, Deep & Dark, Spring Garden and Angel Food Cake.
Recently securing shelf space in a large grocer across the Northeast, Eat Me Ice Cream has only begun to change the way the world tastes.
First mala snack brand in Singapore
Opening in 2018, Mala Mala founder Gervor Quek doubled down on design, creating eye-catching packaging that matched the powerful punch packed by his snacks. Mala Mala’s retail shop is more chic art gallery than snack store, drawing in customers curious about flavors that felt “like a party in your mouth”. Embracing its slogan, Spicy is an attitude Gervor has entered the market with an innovative offering that has quickly gathered fervent fans.
Jamaican flavors and gourmet hot dogs
So Tasty / Year of the Dog
Founded by Chef Mahasin Thurman, So Tasty is a walk up restaurant, food truck, and farmers’ market booth with a cult following serving Jamaican flavors to Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado. Since launching in 2014, the business has expanded to include Year of the Dog, a gourmet hot dog restaurant.
Food, Tech, Cuisine
Italian-quality shoes without the Italian pricetag
ZAID ARIF ZUBIR
Launching the online store in 2016, Zeve shoes quickly became a hit across Malaysia. Today Zeve operates across the ASEAN region, serving customers online and in the Kuala Lumpur store. Recognized for exceptional quality and design, Zaid says he brings discerning customers an Italian-quality handcrafted shoe without the Italian pricetag.
Award-winning lighting design studio
Stephanie Ng Design
Chicana-owned lifestyle brand
All Chola is a Chicana-owned lifestyle brand based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico that seeks to disrupt the ways Mexican American identities are represented in the mainstream media and apparel. All Chola strives to create products that are authentic, unapologetic, and that allow their customers to wear their culture on their sleeve.
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