It is Malaysia’s first creative accelerator that is driven by and for creative entrepreneurs. It is a 4 week course (3 weeks online and final week on location) which enables and accelerates creative entrepreneurs to pursue a career from doing what they love, launching them to reach their full potential in creative entrepreneurship. Artistlabs is hosted by Creative Startups and a product of Thiscene.com, an online platform that connects creatives in ASEAN in one place.
Creative Startups was founded in 2007. Based in the highly creative city of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Creative Startups reaches a global audience with workshops, seminars, and the Creative Startups Accelerator. Creative Startups is designed for creatives using creative technologies and meeting new and growing market opportunities. They built the accelerator from the bottom up with creative entrepreneurs in mind. They look for entrepreneurs who blur the lines between innovation, expression, and technology. Creative Startups hosts accelerators in multiple locations. Startups can apply to whichever location best suits their needs.
Besides the experience and knowledge you stand to gain at the end of this program, the other benefits of Artistlabs:
1. It costs RM250K per person if you do it on your own but the cost is now cut down to only RM199 per person for the entire 4 weeks.
(The fee covers all Virtual Accelerator materials, supplies, 5 days venue and food during the Deep Dive, and mentoring.)
2. You will be mentored by award winning and world class mentors from Creative Startups Global Mentors Network and many others.
3. 5 top individuals out of 25 participants may be given a bridging loan of rm50k to run their business for one year if selected by our network of corporate funders whom are invited as audiences to your pitching session during the Deep Dive week.
LABS Online Course: 15/01/2018-02/02/2018
LABS IN-Person: 05/02/2018-09/02/2018
Any creative entrepreneurs with their business registered/ have a market for their products or services but need the extra push to succeed. This time we are not looking for entrepreneurs with only an idea but instead we are looking for those who are experienced in the field of entrepreneurship. This accelerator will give focus to later stage companies (minimum of one year at least) who need the extra push for growth.
Yes. However, we prefer teams of two founders or partners. We will award more points to applications submitted by teams.
Yes, but note we do not take more than one nonprofit startup per cohort.
Yes. We believe that VC/angel investment is only suited to some entrepreneurs, some startups. Our Mentors include creative entrepreneurs who built their firms without outside investment and others who have successfully worked with VCs. We will have honest discussions with trusted VCs and entrepreneurs who can offer you advice and guidance on making these decisions wisely.
Creative Startups Accelerator is built for creative entrepreneurs who are past the idea stage and are actively building out their venture. If you are just getting started with your new idea consider applying next year.
Yes, you should apply! Creative Startups has worked with companies that are still in startup phase despite being several years old. Our judges will generally “pass” on companies that are over 5 years old AND have reached $5million in annual revenue.
Only RM199 for the course should you be selected as one of the 25 participants. Application is free.
The fee covers all Virtual Accelerator materials, supplies, 5 days venue and food during the Deep Dive, and mentoring.
You will need to submit a brief written description of your business, your goals, and your team’s background via this registration form here. You can boost your application by submitting a short video (you can use your smartphone to make it) as well.
Selection criteria include: Creative and innovative contribution to your field (film, music, design, etc.); scalability; market potential; team’s passion and experience.
Only selected participants will be notified.
We welcome inquiries! Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details and we will get back to you soonest.
There will be a webinar session on 23 November at 12:00pm (Malaysian Time) to help you develop your application, ask us questions and get answers. Please click here and RSVP to confirm your slot for the webinar session.
The Creative Startups curriculum was built from scratch by creative entrepreneurs – for creative entrepreneurs. The rigorous six-week curriculum covers essential topics for entrepreneurs in any industry. Topics include business model development, branding, cash flow analysis, financing new ventures, legal topics, and more. Classes meet twice times weekly with and additional peer-to-peer meeting each week – yep, it’s intense!
It depends on how dedicated you are to improving your business. The amount of time invested will directly influence how successful you are.
We say that you should budget at least 15 hours per week for classes, meetings, mentor time and homework. The class time will be determined by the best fit for all the cohort once accepted into the program.
As for the final one week, you are required to stay at the location with accommodation provided.
25 slots only.
The creative industries include a wide range of sectors. The thread woven throughout these sectors is creativity and culture, arts and expression. We are giving specific attention to those from the Fashion, Music, Performing Arts, Literature, Design and Visual Arts industry.
The full value of the program for each individual participant is RM250,000. Through a grant provided by MaGIC and CENDANA, we are able to dramatically reduce the fee to startups – by over 90%! (Thank you, MaGIC and CENDANA)
Besides the knowledge and experience you are going to gain out of this accelerator program, 5 top individuals out of 25 participants will potentially be selected to receive a bridging loan of rm50k to run their business for one year.