ARTrepreneur Represented at Big East Start-Up Challenge
Erace the Hate representatives, namely Langston Gray (Marketing Executive at Erace the Hate), Donovan Mann (Designer at Eracism Clothing LLC.) and myself, Apoorvaa Bichu (Communications Intern at Erace The Hate) took part in the Big East Startup Challenge held on March 16, 2019 at St Johns’ University in New York.
The competition which took place at St John’s Manhattan campus had participation from 10 Big East schools including Creighton, such as Butler, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St Johns’, Seton Hall, Villanova, and Xavier.
The conference was an exciting melting pot of different ideas from enterprising university students ranging from the design of a dating app game to the creation of light-up earphones to wear during night walks.
Creighton’s startup idea revolved around Erace the Hate’s “Artrepreneur” program, a youth development program that uses media production & art to teach students brand development, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility.
We students had a great time navigating New York city life, meeting new people and rehearsing for the competition to the best of our abilities. Creighton faculty, namely associate professor of management Lance Frazier, Heider College of Business instructor John Blazek, and the dean of the Heider College of Business Anthony R. Hendrickson accompanied us and were a great help in boosting the morale of the group. Erace the Hate manager and publicist Dannah Shurling played a major role in creating the powerpoint that enhanced the presentation.
Describing his experience at the conference, Mann said, “New York was a great experience, walking the city and working diligently to perfect our craft really opened to how post-college life could be. Representing Erace the hate and Creighton at the same time was awesome. Being able to combine my passion with my academics allowed me to see the impact we could have on our communities.”
Gray said, “I had a great time and experience presenting Erace The Hate & Artrepreneur in NY for the Inaugural Big East Start Up Competition! As a Marketing Executive for Erace The Hate, it has been awesome building our companies and programs and getting to a position where we can present to potential investors.
He added, “It was also very rewarding going out there with one of our Interns and an employee of Eracism and seeing how much they enjoyed their experience. It makes my effort and time feel so much more valuable, being able to make a positive impact and impression on their life and journey!”
On the whole, the conference was a learning experience that allowed us to represent the message of Erace the Hate and “Artrepreneur,” using our skills of strategizing, content creation and public speaking. Erace the Hate hopes to take part in similar endeavors in the future and we are grateful to Creighton, St John’s University and the Big East Start-Up Challenge for providing us with this opportunity.