Creatives Indigenous is a movement that aims to


Financial independence allows Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs to reclaim freedom and build wealth for not just themselves but also their families, communities, and nations.


Creatives Indigenous fosters indigenous entrepreneurs to continue their entrepreneurial journeys with full confidence in their abilities, skills and available resources.


Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs are provided with the knowledge to build successful businesses independently and with the ability to benefit their respective communities.

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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.

Meet Your Team

Kelly Holmes 
Lead Faculty

Kelly Holmes (Mnicoujou/Itazipco Lakota) is the founder and President of Native Max New Media, an award-winning global multimedia brand with a constellation of platforms and networks that expands indigenous talent across print, digital, web, mobile, video, events, e-commerce and partnerships. She's also the Lead Faculty of Creatives Indigenous.

Brenna Ortiz
Program Manager
A young Xicana woman born and raised in Dallas, Texas currently residing in Denver, CO. Graduated from the University of North Texas at Dallas with a BA focused in Sociology. Creative Writer for Native Max, Program Manager for C.I., and Social Media Director for Creative Startups.

Upcoming Programs

We're excited to partner with our friends at Kenneth King Foundation of Denver and Creative Startups on another program! The BIPOC Creatives Accelerator Program is open for enrollment. DEADLINE EXTENDED until September 11, 2023.

We’ll be announcing our next program soon. Stay tuned!


Innovations Challenge

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
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Kelly Holmes

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!
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