Swerve, Collide, Create

Center for Creative Economy - Supporting Entrepreneurship in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Peter Marsh first met Rebeccah Byer last fall at an event sponsored by the Center for Creative Economy (CCE) in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

As the two began to talk they realized that an idea of Byer’s might just be something they could both leverage their expertise on. The idea centered on developing a new product line that took already served wine and beer bottles, and up-cycling them into glasses and barware she could then sell back to the bars.

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Handmade by Etkie

Sydney Alfonso was born and raised in New Mexico.  With an intuitive sense of design and an ability to easily engage with artists from diverse cultures, Sydney has rapidly scaled a small startup into a growing design company.  In mid-2014 Sydney launched Etkie, a design company supporting Native American women artisans.  Etkie designers co-design exquisite products and sell these into higher-end markets, earning living wages for the women and delighting customers with unique jewelry.

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A hidden advantage of the best startup accelerators, and how to evaluate them on it

Startup accelerators are everywhere.

What started as an investment experiment with Techstars and Y Combinator, mostly focused on software technology in the early 2000s, has spread across the globe. 

If you can think of an industry there’s probably a startup accelerator for it, including areas like finance, clothing, design, cryptosecurity, food, and education. Large public companies like Wells Fargo now start their own, and those that don’t often partner up with an accelerator via an innovation arm or investment decision.

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2014 Startup Profile: Bright bot

A serial social entrepreneur, Azin Mehrnoosh, founded Bright bot in 2013 with a vision of building a leading education technology company. Passionate about using storytelling as a fundamental tool to improve learning and creativity in the classroom, Bright bot’s interactive apps are designed to expand a child’s imagination, cultivate storytelling skills, help with literacy and comprehension, and other key developmental traits.

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The Creative Economy: It's Bigger than You Think.

Communities are experiencing unprecedented economic disruptions as interconnected digital technologies proliferate and efficiencies in global markets expands. Human creativity and ingenuity have never been more essential to the economic well being of communities. Demand for creative goods and services – and the creative economy in general – is growing by leaps and bounds. Creative startups are increasingly leading economic opportunities for regions.

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