Arts & Culture as a Neighborhood Asset — New Role Announcement

New Role — Effective February 2020
“Media Making for Youth” Workshop hosted by The Neighbor Tech Lab ( ZaMLabs) — March 31st, 2019
  • 2012 — Lean Startup Challenge; freelancing for local non-profits
  • 2013 — Joins Founding Team of Dev Bootcamp Chicago
  • 2014 — DBC Chicago is acquired by Kaplan University; Mikell joins Trans*H4CK as Technology Director; Mikell & Ziegler launch BlackStarLAUNCH: an edu platform for creative entrepreneurs of color -becoming the first project of the ZaMLabs portfolio
  • 2015 — BlackStarLAUNCH becomes SaaS (AerialSpaces); PipelineAngels pitch; $235K raised for Trans*H4CK Virtual Edu Center
  • 2016 — AerialSpaces Beta is piloted by Github & Microsoft
  • 2017 — Technori pitch; Mikell participates in WiSTEM Accelerator (Cohort 4); 1871.LIVE launches (powered by AerialSpaces); Appolition launches
  • 2018 — AerialSpaces raises a pre-seed round ($350K); Mikell participates in VentureSCALE (Cohort 1); South Side Media Lab opens on 79th/Woodlawn
  • 2019 — Appolition is featured in Chicago Tribune ($250K raised via spare change contributions) & Chicago Magazine, Mikell keynotes the South Side Pitch Competition and is awarded Crain’s Tech 50
The Media Lab: CHI — Neighborhood New Media Tech Incubator (2018–2020)
South Side Pitch Competition Keynote — Oct 2019
  • Local Founder-Leaders, with authentic connections to a community, are uniquely positioned to support a reinvestment of capital
  • Serving communities previously under-served requires designing “New Vehicles for Value Creation”
  • Leveraging New Media across the funding & product development life-cycle maximizes social & financial ROI
Equitable Investment in the Arts Seed Grant Initiative — Project Case Study
  1. Creative Entrepreneurship — strategically closing the knowledge gaps and providing skills in multiple areas of marketing, business and social media while addressing structural barriers and essential support to artists on the South Side, helping them think about their entrepreneurial options.
  2. Equitable Investment in the Arts Seed Grant — a new re-granting initiative for communities with previous under-investment in the arts; for arts-based projects that directly contribute to short- and/or long-term community asset and wealth building.




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