Creative Brainstorming: Bringing your Ideas to Life

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Jan Ryan facilitates discussion at an Ideas Lab meeting of students.

Jan Ryan facilitates discussion at an Ideas Lab meeting of students hosted by the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship in the College of Fine Arts.

Ever had ideas floating in your head and nowhere to go? We all do, and we find it hard to take the first step because the idea seems so big, impossible and implausible.

This fall, the Center for Creative Entrepreneurship launched Ideas Lab, a weekly meetup for creative thinkers who wish to develop and nurture their ideas. In this one-hour weekly session, the students pitch and share their thoughts with other students and with mentors, giving and receiving feedback, and just as important, building community. Ideas Lab is designed as an opportunity for like-minded creators and artists to be meet each other.

“No idea is too small or too early” says Jan Ryan, CCE’s Executive Director who facilitates the student-run meetup. “This is about imagining what’s possible and then determining what’s needed to progress your idea toward a sustainable business.”

Since the first Sept. 30 meeting, which was a full house, there has been a spirit of collaboration that really encourages students to share ideas and learn from each other. The multi-disciplinary group is open to creatives across campus.

We are grateful for the mentors who have joined us this fall and shared their wisdom.

  • MJ Johns, Assistant Professor of Practice in the UT’s Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies
  • Neal Daugherty, Assistant Professor of Practice in the UT’s Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies
  • Tyler Coleman, CEO of Restore Games Studio and a lecturer for the School of Design and Creative Technologies
  • Doreen Lorenzo, Assistant Dean for the School of Design and Creative Technologies

The COFA Ideas Lab meets every Monday this fall from 5 to 6 p.m. in DFA 1.102 and will resume in 2020 after the winter break.

And there’s always free pizza!

Please email us at creativeentrepreneurship@utexas.edu with any questions or suggestions.

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