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UP/Start Venture Competition

The Up/Start Venture Competition, an initiative of MICApreneurship, focuses on incubating and building creative business ventures within the MICA community.

Working with industry partners, the UP/Start Venture Competition provides mentorship and capital to help nurture venture ideas into sustainable businesses.

UP/START Finalists

AMAZING INDUSTRIES Founder: Brett Wallace ‘19 Studio Art M.F.A.
Erose Founder: Rheagen King ‘19 Graphic Design B.F.A.
GPG Technologies, LLC Team: Kyle Vaughan ‘19 Design Leadership M.B.A./M.A. and Kenneth Wayman
Greenmount Tile Team: Ann Zellhofer ‘18 Printmaking B.F.A. and Dominique Hellgeth ‘10 Ceramics B.F.A.
HILARIOUS COMICS Founder: RJ Sterling ‘19 Illustration B.F.A./Teaching M.A.T.
Lucky Pocket Press Team: Stephanie Bulante ‘19 Illustration B.F.A. and Sara Hagstrom ‘19 Illustration B.F.A.
Paint.Team Team: Haley Manchon ‘18 Drawing, Graphic Design B.F.A., Kelly Sullivan, Doug Moreland
Virtual Scout Team: Scott Will ‘18 Film and Video B.F.A. and Danielle Spellman ‘18 Film and Video B.F.A.

The UP/Start Venture Program & MICApreneurship are generously supported by The Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation.

A student pitches a business idea at the Pop Up and Pitch event in the Brown Center.
A student pitches a business idea at an Up/Start event in the Brown Center.
A student pitches a business idea at the Pop Up and Pitch event in the Brown Center.

Pop Up and Pitch Day - Up/Start

Credit

Christopher Myers

A student pitches a business idea at an Up/Start event in the Brown Center.

Up/Start

Credit

Christopher Myers

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