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Sacramento Creative Business Innovation Challenge


You're not the average founder. We're not the average accelerator.


You will benefit from the expertise and mentorship of Unseen Heroes and Creative Startups, which has accelerated over 610 creative companies and helped them raise over $300 million in capital.


This program is designed for growth companies in food, fashion, design, festival and cultural experiences, game design, film, media, music and entertainment (and more!). An intensive 6-week course, the program is ideal for people ready to scale and achieve business growth.

In this challenge, you will:

  • Get practical tools, resources, and support necessary to scale and achieve business growth.

  • Network and collaborate with other like-minded entrepreneurs, industry experts and potential investors.

  • Get access to global mentors who will have deep dive sessions where you can focus on specific aspects of your business.

  • Work on your business model, develop a pitch, and receive feedback from industry experts.

  • Have a support system that is there to help focus on key areas such as marketing, finance, and operations, helping you to develop a comprehensive strategy for growth.

  • Receive guidance on how to access funding and investment opportunities to help take your business to the next level.

  • Get ongoing support and mentorship even after the program is completed, which can be invaluable for you as you continue to grow and develop your business.

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The Unseen Heroes Innovation Challenge fee is $95 per person. Payment in full or a payment plan option is available when you pay online upon completing this application.

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NOTE: If you cannot afford this fee, you may instead submit a recommendation letter from a community leader (your Mayor, Pastor, Professor, Mentor, or other) who supports your entrepreneurial efforts.

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Innovation Challenge Dates:

Program cohort meets Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9am - 10.15am (CA time zone).

  • Applications close: Sunday April 16th, 11pm.

  • On-boarding: In person in Sacramento! May 5th 10am - 4.30pm

  • In person in Sacramento 1 to 1 meetings on Saturday May 6th

  • Online cohort meetings: Weekly (Mon/Wed) MAY 8th thru JUNE 9th. Course meetings 9am-10.15am ONLINE!

  • Deep Dive: Thursday and Friday JUNE 8th 9am-3pm and JUNE 9th 1pm - 8pm.



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