Co-CREATE BUSINESS IGNITION PROGRAM FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
Co-CREATE is the Pittsburgh Technology Council's Business Ignition Program for the region's Creative Industries. Based on the idea that cross-sector collaboration and creativity are a recipe for success, Co-CREATE's mission is to provide opportunities for emerging creatives businesses to succeed by working together, being exposed to new perspectives and gaining business savvy. Each Co-CREATE team is comprised of individuals who span the gamut of the Creative Industries, including design, fine art, entertainment, communications, software and hardware, data science and Creative Industry support services.
Focused on early stage (0-2 years) creative companies, Co-CREATE launches a new cycle each fall, and culminates at the CREATE Festival each June. Co-CREATE offers ignition grants, entrepreneurial education, business development, shared work space and immersive community engagement for creatives seeking to accelerate their business, or commercialize a product. Next Application Cycle Application Opens in Spring 2018.
In the 2016-17 cycle year, a group of cross-sector, emerging creative businesses were selected to participate in the pilot Creative Industries Networks' Business Ignition Program. Co-CREATORS will collaborate on product/project development and work with mentors to grow their business both regionally and nationally.
2016-17 Advisors, Mentors + Partners
Co-CREATE connects creatives with mentors and industry leaders that can assist them with valuable business mentoring and growth services. Advisors and mentors are successful in their industry, and provide Co-CREATORS with the information, connections and tools they need to succeed.
This year's leadership group includes representatives from the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Fortyx80, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Chatham University's Center for Women's Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Museum of Art, C-leveled, Reed Smith, Community Elf and the University of Pittsburgh.