On Tuesday, rewards-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter announced it has teamed up with Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to create a new Art of Business Bootcamp. This event will be hosted by RISD and is to help artists develop a business plan, market and promote your work, find funding, protect their creativity and intellectual property, and more.
The Kickstarter team revealed in a blog post:
“On November 5, 2016, Stephanie Pereira, Kickstarter’s Director of Learning and Engagement, will join RISD’s Art of Business Bootcamp to help students discover the resources they need to make their ideas a reality. For those of you who can’t attend Stephanie’s bootcamp session, we’ve pulled together a rundown of three successfully funded campaigns launched by RISD students. Wynn Bauer and Nate Mell equipped their production studio with high-quality materials so they could create beautiful custom wares. Crafter Rebeca Raney discovered a place to bring her whimsical world to life; hosting her first pop-up show in New York City. The WOVNS textiles team was able to use the funds they raised to experiment with one-of-a-kind fabrics.”
The Kickstarter team revealed that the RISD students that are attending the bootcamp used the funding portal to gain exposure, build community, and seek out funds to bring their projects to life. It was also noted that each artist was able to established real, human connections with their backers and explore basic principles of entrepreneurship.