Native Max

Creatives Indigenous

Creatives Indigenous by Native Max takes Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs from the starting line to start-up status and beyond through an array of accelerator programs and more.

Creatives Indigenous is a movement that aims to

Equip

Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs with the knowledge to build successful businesses

Empower

Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs on their entrepreneurial journeys with full confidence

Encourage

financial independence, which allows Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs to reclaim freedom and build wealth for themselves, families, communities, and nations

What We Do

Our programs are six weeks and are all virtual, where participants attend weekly classes and take on a journey of learning the building blocks of entrepreneurship, from the starting line to start-up status.

How Indigenous Creative Entrepreneurs Benefit

We're disrupting the status quo and putting Indigenous creativity at the forefront of the creative business world

Native Max Innovation Challenge

Current Program

Due to the success of the first Creatives Indigenous Innovation Challenge, we are taking over and partnering with Creative Startups again to host another one with the generous support from the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation. Applications for our Fall Cohort close on September 16th.

In the challenge, you’ll work and connect with world-class Native business mentors, collaborate with a cohort of like-minded Native creatives, and engage in an intensive, hands-on program.

The outcome? You’ll get the expertise to:

  • Hone in on a business idea
  • Make a sustainable business plan
  • Launch into new markets (local and worldwide)
  • Get the perfect pitch to raise financing
  • Find mission-aligned investors
    Connect with a network of like-minded entrepreneurial experts and collaborator

This course is personally led by Native Max founder Kelly Holmes, and supported by Creative Startups, the only accelerator working globally with creators and creative entrepreneurs.

Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs who participate in our program can also personalize their learning journeys with coaching, 1:1 mentorships, group Q&A sessions, and more!

“Wow!!! Thank you so much @thoma_foundation for putting on this amazing program.”

Monica Ament, Founder Of Monica Ament Interior Design

Happy Participants

“Not only did I gain new skills to help build the foundation of my small business Underscore Leather, but I also gained a community… a cohort that together we all built throughout the program.”

Sarah Baiz, Owner of Underscore Leather

“This program was absolutely amazing and exactly what I needed to point me in the right direction. Indigenous Creatives Innovation Challenge gave me the confidence to believe in my vision and pursue my goals. It also provided me with all the tools I’ll need for my startup and gave me a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship altogether! I would highly recommend anyone looking for that right first step forward to take this opportunity and join!”

Les Fly, Owner of Lakota Sunburst

FAQs

Some frequently asked questions about our programs

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No problem! We work with participating Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs from the beginning of the journey where they’ll learn the expertise and resources to hone in on a business idea and make a plan.

We tailor lessons and assignments for all levels of the entrepreneurial journey. We work with starting entrepreneurs on how to launch themselves into new markets (local and around the world!), raise financing, and find mission-aligned investors and connect themselves to a network of like-minded entrepreneurial experts and collaborators while staying connected to a community of support.

Our programs are open to all ages above 18 years of age! We do welcome youth participants, we just require an adult to apply.

We are focused on Indigenous businesses who are often overlooked and underestimated in whatever space or market it is. If you’re great at designing amazing experiences, creating stories that inspire, and connecting humans to what matters most: each other, then we want to work with you.

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Creatives Indigenous

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