First place award winners with Stephen Rueff, Karen Wirth, and Connie Rutledge
First place award winners with Stephen Rueff, Karen Wirth, and Connie Rutledge
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In February 2019, twenty-four applicants submitted ideas for consideration into MCAD's first annual arts entrepreneurship competition. Twelve finalists were selected to work with mentors before presenting their creative ventures to a panel of jurors at PITCHFEST on April 5, 2019. First, second, and third place, as well as the audience favorite, won cash prizes totaling $10,000. 

Congratulations to this year's winners!
studio lumo

First Place: Studio Lumo ($5,000) 
Ching Thao, Kelsey Maher, Sarah Steiner, and Rachel Bostic have formed an LLC and are in the process of launching their game and animation business.
sela sol toys

Second Place: Sela Sol Toys ($2,500)
Eleanor Strong and Sarah Billings will explore possibilities for their company designing toys for children of all abilities once the semester is over.
BadCo Press

Third Place: BadCo Press ($1,500)
Hannah Jerrie, Iris Monahan, and Emily Allen are gathering submissions for their next arts anthology publication.
Lazer

Audience Favorite: Lazer ($1,000)
Zack Brandinelli, Spencer Scott, and Joe Andriani are moving forward with their quarterly graphic novel project featuring creator-­owned properties.

Congratulations to all of the finalists who made powerful presentations for their creative ventures. We cannot wait to see what PITCHFEST 2020 brings!