Cultural Entrepreneurship

Expanding the role
of the arts in society.

The Deans' Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge unites artistic and entrepreneurial visions to create and maintain ventures with the financial, social, and organizational infrastructure necessary for arts and artists to survive and thrive.

Converting your Passion into a Journey

A culturally and artistically vibrant society has a transformative impact on communities.

Can you create a startup for an impactful career in the arts?

What can you do to help the arts and artists thrive?

How can artists make a living through the arts?

The Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge calls upon students to develop venture-based solutions to convert your passion of the arts into a journey.

You can find more information on the Deans’ Challenges here.

The 2015 Cultural Entrepreneurship finalists were:

AREAL is a venue that provides alternate realities for people of all ages to indulge in a lot of fun and a lot of thinking.

Ivory is a music education app that listens to you play an instrument, and then provides real-time analytics, targeted lessons, and “gamified” elements.

PACEE is a platform that connects artists and designers with the public needs and desires to sustain arts and promote arts education.

Papero is a web app that lets you add comments and annotations to articles, podcasts, and videos in private threads, supporting content producers around the world.

TOTO Express is a platform that supports the livelihoods of India’s rural artisans through intensive design training, working capital, and market linkage.

To read the Harvard Gazette story about Finalists in this and other Deans’ Challenges, click here.