Unexpected startup success: creatives leading the way

Do artists work alone? When we think of the artist, we often think of the “solitary genius” figure that’s been implanted in our brains over the years. Well, that’s not really true! And if it’s not true about artists, it’s especially not true about creative entrepreneurs.


Stephen Doran

    Comprehensive background in marketing and communications with extensive strategic and operational experience in both the for-profit and non-profit business segments. Focused on growth, both in customer count and revenues. Joined South Shore Conservatory to develop and design and implement a long and short-term marketing and public relations strategy. Prior to the Conservatory, built my own marketing and development company, which introduced Hooked on Phonics into the retail market.


    Bruce Maxwell

      Bruce provides Fractional CFO services to help startups get organized and funded. He is an expert in venture financing and has deep experience in crafting business models and go-to-market strategies. One of his core skills is creating financial simulations for business that aren’t in the market yet to help them identify the right pricing and distribution strategies and minimize the amount of capital they need to raise. Before starting his own practice, Bruce served as CEO of Positive Communications, a paging services firm.


      Jason Doherty

        Jason Doherty is a clinical assistant professor at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School where he teaches courses in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship and works closely with the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. One of Jason’s areas of expertise is in IP-based technology commercialization, especially as it relates to innovations developed through the university research base. Jason has an appointment in the Office of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development (IEED) working with the university’s biomedical startup accelerator program, KickStart Venture Services.


        Balint Gaspar

          I am a serial entrepreneur, currently working as the CFO of Sightsource, a “bleeding-edge” custom software development company I co-founded in 2009. My first business, launched in 2004, imported and distributed winery equipment. Other endeavors involve(d) commercial real-estate; SaaS; consulting; and even working with independent publishing companies. I also have an MBA from Wake Forest University ('04) and a decade of corporate experience, primarily focused in the financial services industry.

          ArtPop Street Gallery

            ArtPop Street Gallery is a nonprofit committed to promoting local artists' work and making art accessible to communities through available media space.


              EduMotion develops programs, products and services that energize and engage classrooms through movement and hands-on learning. Our evidence-based curriculum supports the 25 essential Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies as outlined by CASEL.

              Point Motion

                For healthcare providers & educators working with children at-risk or diagnosed with special needs, finding effective tools for enrichment and assessment is crucial to achieving the best outcomes. Point Motion's motion control application is a music based program for the child, much like Barney or Dora the Explora, which is therapeutically enriching as well as a means of collecting data on their cognitive and motor function development.

                Animation Bee Studios

                  Animation Bee Studios offers a cloud-based do-it-yourself animation studio for marketing and advertising freelancers, startups and medium-sized companies to create custom, high-quality 2D/ 3D video content at low-costs.


                    Beaumonde amplifies audience connections with social and cultural experiences. Our memorable 360 VR marketing campaigns help leading brands & businesses fascinate their customers on web and social.