CAA Arts Access and CVC: Art, Tech and Entrepreneurism

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CAA Arts Access and CVC: Art, Tech and Entrepreneurism

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"How many people heard the phrase 'ArtTech' a year ago? 3 years ago? Today there are over 800 art startups"--Brendan Burns '95BUS, Panel Moderator 

On March 5th, members of CAA Arts Access and the Columbia Venture Community convened at the Columbia Startup Lab for a lively discussion on the opportunities and challenges that exist at the intersection of art, technology and entrepreneurship. Three panelists - Prentice Onayemi '04BUS, Tze Chun '06CC and Annelien Bruins joined the moderator for the evening, Brendan Burns '95BUS, in a conversation that ranged from opportunities in the space, to why the ArtTech industry has grown so exponentially in the last few years. 

The event sparked some interesting conversation, both in the room, and among our social media followers. Check out the conversation on twitter, #arttechpanel where ideas from the panel discussion were further explored. 

Art, Tech and Entrepreneurism: A Conversation on the Future of the Arts

View the video here.

Panelist Bios:

Brendan Burns '95BUS. He is a professor at the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia's graduate business school and has spent 20 years at leading technology, graphic arts, and financial firms including 1000|Museums, Moody's Investors Service, Salomon Brothers, and AdOne, an Internet software pioneer. Burns is also Managing Director of Stepping Stone Capital Partners, LLC. SSCP is a growth-stage focused advisory firm

Prentice Onayemi '14BUS. serves as the Director of Partnerships & Communications at Art Place America, and recently graduated from Columbia University’s MBA program.  Along with many other accomplishments, Prentice co-authored two case studies on artists as social entrepreneurs that was published this past April Harvard Business Review.

Tze Chun '06CC. graduated from Columbia College and worked in the performing and visual arts for several years before starting Uprise Art – an online gallery for the next generation of art collectors that features a highly curated roster of contemporary artists, and makes collecting original art easier and more affordable. She has delivered talks on art and entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Affordable Art Fair, the Apple Store, and other institutions.

Annelien Bruins has operated in the international art world for 15 years. She has managed privately-owned collections of art, antiques and collectibles, has set up Collections Consultancy through which she advised private and corporate clients in Europe, the US and Asia on art transactions and art portfolio management and now works at Tang Art Advisory. Annelien was named best art advisor by Spears Wealth Management in 2014, is a sought-after writer and guest speaker.

The CVC and Arts Access would like to build on this momentum and create a series of events around arts and business. If you have ideas for programs and would like to help build a community around this topic, let us know! We would appreciate your input and participation! 

*Video Credit: Longneck and Thunderfoot.

A huge thank you to Longneck and Thunderfoot (L&T) for the creation of the event video, for their expert media insight and support.