MICA has built a program from freshman to senior year and equip students with the skills necessary to formulate, develop and launch creative for-profit businesses. MICA Offers access to a cadre of workshops and programming for students and recent alumni through the Baltimore Creative Acceleration Network (B/Can). In addition MICA maintains a full-time leader well-versed in startups and pitch competitions. The Pop-Up Pitch competition in the winter allows for 7-10 cohorts to advance to the annual Up/Start Competition in the spring. Since 2015, the Foundation has awarded grants to launch and support the UP/Start Venture Competition, the College’s entrepreneurship initiative that capitalizes on the talents of students and recent graduates. Up/Start winners receive investment resources along with guidance, mentoring and tools to grow businesses and launch startups.