Startups
Entrepreneurs / Philanthropy / Startups / Universities

MICA gets grant to help student startups

The $600,000 grant will fund an initiative called UP/Start MICA, which includes resources for startups and a pitch competition in April.

Inside a JHU/MICA Design Leadership class. (Photo courtesy of MICA School for Professional and Continuing Studies)

MICA is looking to help students turn creative endeavors into businesses with a pitch competition and other programming.
With a three-year $600,000 grant from the Ratcliffe Foundation, the art-focused college is set to launch an entrepreneurship initiative called UP/Start MICA.
“We are greatly impressed with President Samuel Hoi’s vision to encourage entrepreneurship among the students and alumni at one of the nation’s finest arts and design schools,” said James D. Wright, co-trustee of the Ratcliffe Foundation.
Some pieces of the initiative are already in motion. The college brought on Monyka Berrocosa as “Entrepreneurship Evangelist” in the fall. She has already held workshops for startups, and her role will be “key” to the initiative, according to a release from MICA.
The college also held a pitch event in February, where judges selected finalists who will go onto another pitch competition in April. Up to five teams will be eligible for a maximum of $20,000 each, which is funded by the grant.

Companies: Philip E. and Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation / Maryland Institute College of Art
Subscribe

Knowledge is power!

Subscribe for free today and stay up to date with news and tips you need to grow your career and connect with our vibrant tech community.

Trending

A former Raven and Super Bowl champion spearheaded a new fund for Towson StarTUp entrepreneurs

‘10,000 librarians dispatched to the internet’: Freedom Festival takes on disinformation and democracy

Baltimore history through tweets: 15 posts from tech, community and social justice leaders since 2009

How to respond when a long-tenured employee quits? With grace

Technically Media