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MICA student-led startups take home $105,000 in prizes at venture competition

The Baltimore Business Journal

April 6, 2018


A Maryland Institute College of Art alumna has won $30,000 in seed funding to support her health sciences illustration business.

Fairman Studios LLC, founded by Jennifer Fairman, took home the top funding prize in the MICA's third annual UP/Start Venture Competition. The final leg of the competition was held Thursday evening on MICA's Baltimore campus. Eight student and alumni-led companies competed for more than $100,000 in prizes.

Fairman has a Masters degree in medical and biological illustration from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She started her own business after being laid off a year into her first job. She has developed an archive of over 4500 digital image assets that clients can download and use, through her Illustr8science platform.

The UP/Start Venture Competition, spearheaded by the Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, aims to provide capital and mentorship to help student ventures grow into sustainable businesses. The finalists were selected following a “pop up and pitch” event on Feb. 2. Up/Start is funded by the Philip E. and Carol R. Ratcliffe Foundation.