Three local entrepreneurs vie for $10,000 award at Velocity Demo Day

Explore the demo tables and hear pitches from each startup team, plus get a chance to discover the next big thing in creative entrepreneurship.

WStoday: Velocity demo day

Creative entrepreneurs will showcase their businesses at demo tables.

Photo by Center for Creative Economy

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Three Winston-Salem based entrepreneurs will be among 10 contestants to compete for a $10,000 award during the Center for Creative Economy’s annual Velocity Demo Day on Thursday, Nov. 2.

Jason Levinson Creative, Canvas Cake studio, and RedBrick Entertainment were chosen among 80 startups from 10 US states and five countries. All 10 creative entrepreneurs from across the nation will showcase and pitch their ideas to potential funders, businesses, and the community.

  • Jason Levinson Creative is focused on training and consultation services that empowers people who impact profit in a company.
  • The Canvas Cake Studio specializes in birthday parties, classes, and DIY cake projects for anyone wanting to engage with family or friends.
  • RedBrick Entertainment is a technology-enabled entertainment company that helps plan major events for collegiates.

Two candidates will be selected for the $10,000 Wells Fargo Emerging Woman Entrepreneur Award and the $10,000 CCE 2023 Velocity Award. Community members will get a chance to vote on the best pitch at the demo day event located at Winston Starts, a business incubator on the fourth floor of 500 W. Fifth St.

Here’s the schedule

4 p.m. | Demo tables will be open to the public. Attendees can talk with entrepreneurs and learn about their companies. After visiting with each team, attendees can vote for the People’s Choice Award online.

5 p.m. | Remarks by Mayor Allen Joines followed by a three-minute pitch by each velocity finalist

6 p.m. | Winners announced

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Since its starting in 2016, CCE’s creative accelerator has launched 90 companies, with 80% still in business. It made $14 million in revenue and raised $21 million in investments.