UP/Start Venture Competition 2018 Finale

Join the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and Startup Grind Baltimore Wednesday, April 4th to network, learn, and celebrate creative entrepreneurship. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to mingle over Happy Hour with Fireside Chat speaker, Brett Wallace '19, Artist in Residence and Director, LinkedIn Elevate, enjoy lightning pitches from 8 rising entrepreneurs, and vote for their favorite MICA UP/Start venture to receive a $5k prize! An additional $100k in startup funding will be awarded to winners of the 2018 UP/Start Venture Competition.

About the UP/Start Venture Program:

The Up/Start Venture Program, an initiative of MICApreneurship, focuses on incubating and building creative business ventures within the MICA community. Working with industry partners, the UP/Start Venture Program provides mentorship and capital to help nurture venture ideas into sustainable businesses.

UP/Start 2018 Finalists:

  • Boba Studios: Ashley Guchhait ‘17 Humanistic Studies & Interactive Arts B.F.A., Kyrstin Cooksey ‘18 Animation B.F.A., Donald Boose ‘17 Interactive Arts and TJ Martin
  • Chameleon Gallery: Yi-An Pan ‘18 LeRoy E. Hoffberger School of Painting M.F.A. and Haoran Chang ‘18 Mount Royal School of Art M.F.A.
  • Fairman Studios, LLC.: Jennifer E. Fairman ‘17 MPS Business of Art & Design
  • The Longform: J.S. Gleason ‘18 Interactive Arts and Nick Clinkscales ‘17 Interactive Arts 
  • POKDO Studio: Paul Lai ‘17 Photography and Claire Cho ‘18 Fiber
  • Rising Action Studio: Ashley Eberhart ‘18 MA Social Design
  • Social Butterfly: Christina R. Hyrkas ‘17 Graphic Design
  • Vell Papel: Brent Aguilar ‘18 MBA/MA Design Leadership and Jennifer Smith

Program of Events:

  • 4 - 5 PM Happy Hour & Cohort Exhibition
  • 5 - 5:45 PM Fireside Chat with Brett Wallace '19, Artist in Residence and Director, LinkedIn Elevate
  • 6 - 7 PM Pitches & Award Ceremony
  • 7 - 8 PM Cohort Celebration

Wednesday, April 4 at 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Falvey Hall: Brown Center
1301 W Mt Royal Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217, USA

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