Creative businesses in North Carolina have an opportunity to participate in the United States Creative Business Cup. Creative entrepreneurs with bold innovative ideas in these sectors are eligible to apply:
• Film, video and photography
• Leisure activities
• Radio & Television
• Software, computer games and electronic publishing
• Toys and Games
• Visual and performing arts
The Creative Business Cup is a global initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation whose primary purpose is to strengthen the business skills of creative entrepreneurs. The aim is to identify creative startups with new and revolutionary business ideas stemming from the creative industries. The business idea must have a strong market potential and at least one person from each team must have an education or background from the creative industries.
The Center for Creative Economy (CCE) is seeking eligible startups from North Carolina to enter the US Creative Business Cup. The deadline for applications is June 21 at midnight. The US winner will compete in Copenhagen, Denmark in November 2015 as part of the international Creative Business Cup. Last year an innovative startup from Winston-Salem competed in the international finals.
For an application to the competition, contact Margaret Collins, Executive Director of CCE, firstname.lastname@example.org
The goals of U.S. Creative Business Cup are to:
• Strengthen the business skills of entrepreneurs within the creative industries
• Promote entrepreneurship within the creative industries
• Promote winners and role models
Winners of the 2015 CBC will be entrepreneurs that:
1) Show a high level of creativity AND
2) Present a business concept with great market potential
Additionally by competition explicit rules, a nominee will be qualified to compete if they meet the following conditions:
1) The core asset of the business must be based on creative competencies: Aesthetics, design, senses, interaction, art, visuals, gaming, media, performance, musicality in a broader sense or other creative competencies must be one of the central components of their success.
2) The start-up must be commercial (i.e., a for-profit enterprise). Their concepts must have market potential.
3) The amount of external capital invested in the participating company may not exceed 500,000 USD and the creative entrepreneur must own the rights to the idea with which he or she is entering the competition.
You can also visit the global website for the CBC at www.creativebusinesscup.com. You can find information and videos from the prior years of competition, last year’s international panel of judges, and all sorts of other resources.
The Center for Creative Economy’s Executive Director, Margaret Collins is a board member of the National Creativity Network and the co-founder of the national Creative Economy Coalition, a working group of the NCN. The coalition is made up of independent, private, and creative industry service organizations across the United States and Canada who are actively measuring and seeking to support creative industries and their particular creative economies. Their strategy is to engage thought leaders across the United States to create a powerful network for transformation. The NCN and its CEC produced the first major research report on America’s Creative Economy in 2013 which analyzed a set of 27 reports released in regions, states, and cities across America between 2002-2012. The coalition held the first national Summit of the Creative Economy Coalition in Washington, D.C. in 2014, and the second summit is planned for October 2015. Leaders from across the US gather to discuss policy direction, innovative programs, and how to support and advance the creative industries in the U.S.