Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, the semi-annual Georgia University Entrepreneurship Initiative (GUEI) was hosted virtually on April 22, 2020. A committee consisting of educators, administrators and entrepreneurial ecosystem builders representing Georgia State University, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Morehouse University, University of Georgia, Startup Atlanta, TiE Atlanta and ATDC hosted the virtual event.
Ashley “Bella” Daramola (B.I.S. ’10), who lives in an East Point, GA live-work apartment community and operates ArtzyBella Studio + Shop in the onsite commercial space, shares how affordable housing transformed her life and fueled her success as an entrepreneur.
Over 300 people connected through this large-scale virtual event. Entrepreneurs were encouraged to continue to connect and help each other grow, regardless of where they may be across the globe. Entrepreneurs, both young and old, heard from seven guest speakers who came from a variety of industries and offered their personal experiences and expert advice.
Ashley Daramola (B.I.S. ’10) thinks art has the power to heal. Through her Atlanta art studio, ArtzyBella, she offers art installations, classes, and (soon) products, including an upcoming line of subscription boxes designed to let people tap into the therapeutic potential of creativity in the comfort of their homes.