Alice Loy, Ph.D., is co-founder of Creative Startups and a passionate advocate for the creative economy. Creative Startups offers the leading accelerator for entrepreneurs in the creative industries. With over 20 years experience working with entrepreneurs in Latin America and the American Southwest, Dr. Loy is widely recognized as a leader in shaping entrepreneurship programs that celebrate creativity and culture while embracing innovation. Alice has pioneered the creation of entrepreneurship programs that create meaningful outcomes for diverse communities seeking to enhance their culture and community while generating increased incomes and prosperity. She has been an invited speaker at entrepreneurship events in Indonesia, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Portugal, and Spain. She is a contributing author to Harnessing Place Branding through Cultural Entrepreneurship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and blogger at CreativeRevolution.com. Dr. Loy's work has been recognized for excellence by the National Science Foundation, the New Mexico Tech Council, and the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum. She is a 2015 New Mexico Humanitarian Award recipient, a Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award recipient (2012), a UNM Anderson School of Management Hall of Fame Honoree (2006), and a mother of two wonderful children.