Corzo Center Announces 2014 Creative Incubator/Wells Fargo Fellows

July 12, 2013

The Corzo Center for the Creative Economy at the University of the Arts has announced the recipients of the Wells Fargo Fellowship Grant as a part of its annual Creative Incubator program.

2014 Fellows are Lorenzo Buffa BS '12 (Industrial Design), Benjamin Farahmand MID '13 (Industrial Design) and Kelly Meissner BFA '11 (Illustration).

The Corzo Center Creative Incubator/Wells Fargo Fellowship Grant program helps UArts students and alumni develop new ideas, launch creative businesses and establish social enterprises. In addition to monies, Fellows receive advisors as well as legal, business and marketing support. Grant recipients were selected after two rounds of review, the last of which included presentations and questions from an outside group of entrepreneurs and investors.

Buffa will use his funding to start Analog Watch Co., a company that produces watches designed of wood and veneer, which are both environmentally friendly and elegantly crafted. He started this project while an undergraduate. He is now working with a watch manufacturer to produce an initial run of watches, which will become a part of a Kickstarter campaign that will then seed additional production. Buffa has been accepted in the Good Company Group's accelerator program, a summer program housed at the University of the Arts. There, with other socially and environmentally focused for-profit companies, he will learn how to shape his company to appeal to potential investors.

Farahmand was funded to develop Mentor Track, a system that will identify mentors and match them to individuals working on start-ups. His service will be free to start-ups and mentors with the charge borne by local mentoring organizations. His project is an extension of his master’s thesis. During the summer, he will develop and test his system using participants in Good Company's summer accelerator program.

Meissner was funded to establish Ugly Apparel, a new clothing design company based on a new printing process that allows graphics to mimic the way a tattoo enhances the human form. She is now working with a manufacturer to develop this new printing process and, once successful, she will produce a run of products to distribute as samples to sell to prospective buyers. In the next stage, she will license her design and the process to professional manufacturers and wholesalers.

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