Santa Fe’s Squash Blossom founder details how creative food distribution can simultaneously innovate and protect local farm traditions and food systems, even during a global crisis

A farmer holds basil leaves
A farmer holds basil leaves
Credit: Squash Blossom

With the rise of the local food movement, many of us are eager to eat at our communities’ farm to table restaurants, but we usually don’t think about the “to” in that description. We take for granted the complicated logistical process of relocating the food coming out of the field to a grocery store shelf or restaurant menu so it can eventually arrive at its final destination: your plate. …


The founders of Santa Fe’s treasured Opuntia Café pull back the curtain on how design and delight keep them in the black

A few masked people surround a counter to order food. A big koi pond is in the forefront surrounded by tropical and desert plants
A few masked people surround a counter to order food. A big koi pond is in the forefront surrounded by tropical and desert plants

Remember this? A cozy booth. Your laptop sits in front of you. Around you, quiet conversations buzz about as people join their friends at community tables or peruse a diverse menu of colorful dishes. Your favorite tea steams as you gather inspiration to tackle your new creative project. No matter where you are in the world, cafés have always been a hub for the creative community. …


Five Insights from Greg Thomsen, Renowned Founder and Mountaineer.

My conversation with legendary designer and creative entrepreneur Greg Thomsen about his track record in building outdoor recreation companies began on-point:

This is how I started: I was a climber.

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In 1970 Greg Thomsen came back from an expedition to Mt. Everest and realized he needed a job. Being an avid outdoorsman and mountaineer, he looked for a job that would allow him to head into the Sierras whenever possible. …


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Thanks Tech for great work done! For what comes next; you need creatives!

Dear Tech Entrepreneurs and all of you who tirelessly support them,

We are so grateful for everything you give to the world — social media platforms, exceptional gadgets, and new ways of experiences games, friendship, and — maybe — life itself. We know it has taken a lot of time, experiences in coding, manufacturing, and your creations of GUI is above and beyond. We urge you to keep going. But from now on; keep creatives in the loop! Creative entrepreneurs are not starving artists, they are the…


What’s the first thing you meet in a book? It’s not the first sentence. Chances are it’s not one of those awesome blurbs on the back telling you how great the book is. Nope — even in our contemporary age of the endless Amazon scroll, the first thing you meet on a book is the cover!

People tell you not to judge a book by this cover, but it’s hard not to. The cover is basically the face the book brings to the world. …


“Creative Economy Entrepreneurs: From Startup to Success”

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How Entrepreneurs in the Creative Industries are Transforming the Global Economy

Creative Startups has big news: our Co-Founders, Alice Loy and Tom Aageson, wrote a book!


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2018 is off to a bang and we’re proud to announce the awarding of two national grants to support our work in New Mexico, specifically in Zuni Pueblo. Creative Startups has been awarded a 2017 Ovation Foundation Creative Economy Innovation Grant and a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts OurTown Grant! Haven’t heard of our work in Zuni or the ArtWalk? We’ll fill ya in…

About 2.5 hours West of Albuquerque, New Mexico lies Zuni Pueblo. Zuni, the largest of New Mexico’s nineteen pueblos, has been inhabited for roughly 3000 to 4000 years, with a deep tradition of creative production…


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Creative Startups Co-founder Alice Loy at Denver Startup Week — photo courtesy Leslie Van Stelten Photography

Look around and you’ll see startups everywhere. Or, at least startups that are all grown up.

Facebook, Google, Uber, and The Weinstein Company, all started out as ideas and then were shaped, by their founders, into the mega companies they are today. Today’s startups are tomorrow’s behemoths. And, we reap what we sow, so…let’s come back to that observation in a minute.

The current tidal wave of voices sharing their #metoo experiences on social media highlight the epidemic of sexual harassment and assault faced in our workplaces, schools, and yes, startups.

That chorus is calling out the imbalance of power…


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As powerful forces try to drive the US into isolation and antiquated businesses, Creative Startups, the leading accelerator for the Creative Economy, is fighting back: All US based startups in the creative industries, who have raised less than $1 million and with a founder over the age of 18 who holds a valid passport, are invited to apply to Team USA to compete in the global Creative Business Cup.

Founded in 2010, the “United Nations of Creative Entrepreneurs” is a global competition taking the winners from over 60 different countries and bringing them to Copenhagen for the marquee premier pitching…


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Creative Business Cup — Copenhagen, 2016

Described as the “United Nations of creative entrepreneurs,” this summer the United States will launch a nationwide open call for founders and their teams to compete in the global Creative Business Cup (CBC). Hosted by Creative Startups, the CBC USA Finals will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico, September 14 & 15, 2017. Applications are open now through August 13, 2017—www.creativestartups.org/cbc-usa

Interested in applying? Want to know more? Read on!

KEY DATES:

  • Now — August 13: CBC USA Applications Open
  • August 16/17/18: Skype Interviews to select Finalists
  • August 21: Five finalists notified
  • September 14 & 15: CBC USA Finals in…

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