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.
Dandelion Wine Collective, founded by Bekky Shin '17 (Illustration) and Paloma Hernando '17 (Illustration), received $25,000 in investment funding. DWC is an illustration and comics-focused micro-publisher that works directly with independent creators to publish, market, and sell their work. DWC focuses on publishing zines, graphic novels, anthologies, and experimental art books. The company is bringing independent comics to a wider audience.
DANAE, Inc., founded by Winston Frazer '16 (Painting) and Austin Peppel, received $20,000 in investment funding and $5,000 as the People's Choice Winner. DANAE Inc. provides customizable, 3D printed prosthetic covers created from a 3D scan of the user's original limb to mimic the shape of an amputee's leg. They are focused on personalized prosthetic solutions for amputees in the U.S. and developing countries around the world.
LiFe Arts, founded by Joyce Anitagrace '16 (Mount Royal School of Art), received $10,000 in investment funding. LiFE Arts publishes quality bilingual literature for pre-school through elementary school children and families. Its books reflect the many cultures that make up U.S. society and promote the skills of living in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive society.
Zee Bait Co. LLC, founded by Hunter Grogan '16 (Business of Art & Design, MPS & '14 Environmental Design) received $25,000 in investment funding. Zee Bait Co. LLC specializes in the design, manufacturing, and sales of premium soft bait and tackle for terminal bass fishing. Zee Bait Co. LLC utilizes more eco-friendly materials that cost no more than current products on the market.
Guitars by Evil Evil, founded by Benjamin Torres '16 (Post Bacc Graphic Design & '15 General Fine Arts) and Ian Murphy '15 (Painting), received $20,000 in investment funding. Evil Evil is producing a distinct new line of high-end electric guitars and basses that encapsulate the intersection between classic and experimental instrument design. Their rigorous design process addresses the weight, balance, tonality, and reliability of their instruments while creating objects of visual brilliance.