Creatives Indigenous by Native Max...
was created by and for Creative Indigenous entrepreneurs looking to grow and thrive with their businesses. We accelerate Indigenous artists, creators, designers, makers, and visionaries to start their businesses off strong through Our 3 Pillars:
OUR 3 PILLARS
We take Creative Indigenous Entrepreneurs from the starting line to start-up status and beyond through an array of programs, resources, and more.
Creatives Indigenous is an entrepreneurship program centered on Indigenous values, informed by lead faculty Kelly Holmes’s decades-long experience as a Native woman leading a media and fashion business.
Creatives Indigenous offers Indigenous entrepreneurs a rigorous exploration and application of topics, including business opportunity analysis, business model development, leadership and team building, managing cash flows, and more.
Our qualitative goals include supporting entrepreneurship and innovation to reinforce cultural knowledge and traditions while advancing innovation and building a more inclusive and dynamic creative economy.
We offer a variety of carefully created content and curriculum that teaches strategy development, business models and opportunities, sales, marketing, financial management, fundraising and more.
Entrepreneurial needs are complex, evolving and varying, We provide the additional capacity of coaching for the business endeavors of our participants through 1:1 mentorship sessions.
We offer complimentary downloadable resources, templates, and more for Creative entrepreneurs to help them jumpstart their businesses.
At Creatives Indigenous, we believe a supportive community leads to a successful business. We work to provide a safe and supportive community for our participants and cohorts.
Kelly Holmes (Mnicoujou Lakota) is the Lead Faculty of Creatives Indigenous. She’s also the founder of Native Max New Media, an award-winning global multimedia brand with a constellation of platforms and networks that expand Indigenous talent across print, digital, web, and more.
Brenna Ortiz is the program manager of Creatives Indigenous. A young Xicana woman born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Brenna graduated from the University of North Texas at Dallas with a BA focuseed in Sociology.
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Niya DeGroat is a two-spirited fashion & culture writer and multidisciplinary creative with years of experience in marketing, visual communication, and fashion show production. He is committed to uplifting the creative work of Indigenous peoples in the Americas and beyond.