California College of the Arts and the MBA in Design Strategy program continue to forge new important strategic partnerships with the local design and business community. Recently, the DMBA has partnered with Camelback Ventures, a local venture firm who has pioneered a Fellows program that supports local entrepreneurs creating social impact.
“I wanted to create a place and platform to elevate the genius of all of our social entrepreneurial talent. It’s the best legacy I can leave on this earth — working with inspired people to realize their greatness….
More importantly, though I knew two things — entrepreneurs solve big problems; if we were going to tackle the big problems through social innovation we needed all of our talent at play, particular people of color and women.”
- Aaron Walker, Founder & CEO of Camelback Ventures
Last November, the DMBA hosted a memorable event for the 2015 Fellows. This week the 2016 Fellows kickoff the program with a week-long Summit in New Orleans. On Thursday, February 25th, DMBA student Damian Wolfgram will be taking the 10 Fellows through a compressed day of design strategy, rapid learning, and pitch prep.
This year’s Fellows are an inspiring bunch. Many of the entrepreneurs are tackling tough challenges like public education and social equality. While others are more playfully helpful, like Tiny Docs, a company making animated short films to ease young patients while in the doctor’s office receiving care. Another sprite organization is Yoga Foster, who has partnered with organizations like lululemon and Let’s Move Active Schools (Partnership for a Healthier America) to bring yoga into classrooms by collecting used yoga mats.
The DMBA and CCA are grateful to have such a strong partnership in Camelback Ventures. We’re thrilled to be able to support entrepreneurs with such big visions for improving the world in positive ways.
Stay tuned for a wrap-up of the event in a couple weeks.
You can learn more about Camelback Ventures and the 2016 Fellows from their company links below: