This summer, the Dingman Center will be conducting interviews with the 11 student startups who are participating in our first in-person Terp Startup summer accelerator since 2020. Participating student entrepreneurs will receive a stipend up to $5,000 that will enable them to work exclusively on their startups over the next eight weeks.
Founders: Emily Garcia ‘23, Studio Art & Art Education double major.
DC: In two to three sentences, how would you describe your startup?
Garcia: An online arts & crafts + stationery shop. Where all products are originally designed and handmade to promote joy and creativity.
DC: At what point did you know you wanted to create your own startup?
Garcia: I’ve been dreaming of having my own business since high school. But I was afraid of taking the next step, thinking I wouldn’t be good enough. It wasn’t until I attended my first Terp Marketplace that I decided to officially open my first online shop.
DC: What makes your startup unique?
Garcia: Everything is handmade!
DC: What updates or significant accomplishments can you share with us about your company from the last six months?
Garcia: I am currently redesigning my shop. I will be focusing on spreading awareness on Fibromyalgia. The products are designed to be relatable, allowing sufferers to feel seen and heard. You can find my shop at www.em-g-art-design-studio.com . I will also be selling pins soon!! On September 25th, I will have my shop set up at the Wheaton Arts Parade and Festival!
DC: As a student business owner, what motivates you?
Garcia: The way I grew up, and my experiences taught me to take advantage of any opportunities available to me while I can. I am constantly trying to learn more and better myself so that I can be a great role model for my younger sister. To prove to her that anything is possible if you set your mind to it.
DC: What are you hoping to achieve during the Terp Startup Accelerator this summer?
Garcia: To gain a clear understanding of what I want my business to look like, what my target market will be, and how I will address their needs.
DC: If you could give advice to any aspiring entrepreneurs, what would it be??
Garcia: Don’t be afraid to take the opportunities and resources available to you out of fear. If you’re passionate about your idea, go for it!! It doesn’t matter if you don’t know all the answers now. You will learn along the way.
To learn more about Em G Art Design Studio, please visit the website here.