Who we are

The Corzo Center supports Philadelphia-area artists starting businesses by providing programs that teach entrepreneurial skills.

The Center was formed to keep art where it belongs, central to society and an economy that requires ideas and imagination, and is guided by the belief that entrepreneurship is both a form of business innovation and a form of public and social action.

Neil Kleinman is the director of the Corzo Center for the Creative Economy and professor of Multimedia and Communication at the University of the Arts, where, until recently, he served as dean of the College of Media & Communication and director of the Philadelphia Applied Research Labs. Previously he served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts, director of the Institute for Publications Design, director of the doctoral program in Communications Design, and co-director of the School of Communication Design – all at the University of Baltimore. Contact Mr. Kleinman at corzocenter@uarts.edu.

C. Todd Hestand is the Manager of the Corzo Center @ UArts where he facilitates the development and support of the Center's programs including the lecture series, entrepreneur office hours program, courses, and grants. He is a serial entrepreneur and currently the founder of Side Arts, a call-for-artists listing service. Past experience includes working as an executive management consultant developing marketing and operations strategies for Fortune 1000 clients and senior project director at a major market research organization. Contact Mr. Hestand at chestand@uarts.edu.

The Center is a 2012 Knight Foundation grant recipient.  Details here.

What We Do

The Corzo Center offers a range of programs for entrepreneurs:

  • Grant programs fund and support businesses.
  • Intro to Entrepreneuship courses provide an in-depth and interactive overview of starting and growing businesses.
  • Entrepreneur office hours connect entrepreneurs to a range of free consultants including lawyers, accountants, marketers, and business strategists.
  • Lectures and workshops provide an overview of entrepreneurial topics and practical strategies.
  • Our partnerships promote entrepreneurship in the community.

Generous support for the Corzo Center has been provided by Knight Foundation, Wells Fargo, Creative Philadelpia, and StartUp PHL.


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