UP/Start Venture Competition 2016 Winners
About the 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.
TNP Studios, founded by Jay Jackson '16 (MPS in the Business of Art + Design), Micah Payne, Terrence Carpenter and Jack Rous, received $30,000 in investment funding. TNP Studios, LLC is a media company focused on talk shows that focus primarily on film, gaming and politics. It provides on-demand programming that aims to entertain as well as inform its audience through engaging and meaningful discussion.
MODERNature, founded by Julie Buisson '15 (MBA/MA in Design Leadership) and Mark Verdecia, received $30,000 in investment funding. MODERNature is a company that specializes in the development of sustainable growing methods for use in cities. They use a mix of human centered design and biomimicry to create technologically-driven agricultural solutions that are truly ecologically minded.
Two Bolts Studios, founded by Sam Acuff '15 (General Fine Arts BFA) and Brendon Choi '16 (Interdisciplinary Sculpture BFA), received $25,000 in investment funding. Two Bolts Studios is a small fabricating shop that focuses on handmade furniture the incorporates reclaimed materials and industrial design. They want to make handcrafted furniture more accessible and bring work back to artisans and aspiring craftsmen.
Joint Youth Movement, founded by Juansebastian Serrano '16 (General Fine Arts BFA), Renz Balagtas '14 (Painting BFA) and Sam Rietenbach '16 (General Fine Arts BFA), received $15,000 in investment funding. The Joint Youth Movement's (JYM's) mission is to positively impact cultural and creative exchange in Baltimore City by uniting and promoting emerging artists and creatives in a professional and fair (equal access) manner, and in a socially conscious way. Their vision is to establish themselves as the curator and retail location of choice for the emerging artists and clients in Baltimore and the Mid-Atlantic region.
Pi, founded by Jordan Bradley '16 (Interactive Arts BFA), received $5,000 in investment funding as the People's Choice Award winner. Pi is an entirely new kind of visual day planning app for creative people. It helps users set manageable plans for the day, without sacrificing health and wellness.