Encouraging arts-focused startups at the Institute
MIT is known as a place where innovative thinkers collaborate to turn big ideas born in the classroom, lab or studio into successful businesses in the outside world, and that reputation applies just as much to the arts as to any other field. There are a number of resources and programs on campus to help students turn their arts-focused idea into an enterprise. The Student Art Programs (START) Entrepreneurship Program offers interested students mentorship, work space, funding, workshops and a chance to find collaborators.
Participants in the annual student-led Hacking Arts weekend, co-sponsored with MIT Sloan School of Management, may take their ideas on to compete in the Creative Arts Competition. Along the way, participants can hone their product, business model and pitches via the START Studio maker’s space, mentorship and workshop programming.