Who will win the $15,000 Creative Arts Competition?
Join us for the final live pitch event in MIT Lobdell, W20, 2nd floor to find out!
This startup competition is designed to encourage arts-focused startups at the Institute. The $15K prize is offered as a grant to help launch the winning enterprise and enable the recipient(s) to join the ranks of MIT’s most successful startup founders.
The Creative Arts Competition offers more than just a prize; in addition, all teams will have access to specialized programming at the START Studio and, MIT’s own arts entrepreneurship incubator and maker space, as well as workshops hosted by the Martin Trust Ctr at the Sloan School.
The workshops are designed to accelerate all ventures during the competition period. Teams will receive mentorship from past prize winners as well as distinguished faculty and alumni from MIT. This mentorship will include pitch preparation, business plan coaching, customer development advising and more.
Teams are expected to develop their business plan over the course of the competition, with assistance from mentors, workshops and staff support. In late April, the Finalists as chosen by our preliminary judges, will submit a pitch deck and present their venture to a live judging panel for their chance at $15,000.
Free and open to the public.
8 finalists pitching at this event include:
Hapticomix / team lead, Daniel Levine
Hapticomix makes VR for the blind using 3D radio-dramas with motion simulation via a worn vestibular-affecting device.
Helm / team lead, Mitchell Gu
Helm is a wearable low-cost and easy to use 3D scanner that preserves large scale artworks by taking snapshots of our world.
Imaginarium of Technology / team lead, Barmak Heshmat
iMT is an intellectual illustration service providing creative and elegant concept art.
Kalani / team lead, Attia Kalani
Kalani preserves century-old artisan crafts through the development and sale of customizable textiles.
Meanwise / team lead, Joseph Wolk
Meanwise is an app based networking platform for creatives.
Part / team lead, Aurora Anubhav
Part makes art accessible, contextual, and relevant by leveraging AR and art historical information to exhibit art pieces in their geographical and historical context.
Piccles / team lead, Shakti Shaligram
Piccles is a collaborative coloring application that lowers anxiety, relieves boredom, and fosters connection by engaging people in the cathartic act of coloring.
Spaceus / team lead, Ellen Shakespear
Spaceus transforms vacant storefronts into artists studios, enlivening streets and fostering connections between creatives and neighbors.
Be sure to check out other groups on campus that promote social entrepreneurship including MIT Innovation Initiative, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and MIT DesignX.