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About The Artist Business Cohort

Location and Date of Program:

  • Fellowship Cohort Start Date:

    • Feb 28th - May 15th, 2024

    • 12-Week Mentorship Cohort

  • Every TUESDAY, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

  • This is an IN-PERSON Cohort.

  • Location: XIA Gallery & Cafe,

422 University Ave W. Suite 14,

St Paul MN 55103

Program Eligibility:

  • Looking to start a business within the next 12 months OR already owns an established and/or existing business​​

  • Must be a resident of Minnesota ​​

  • Must be at least 18+ years and older

  • Must be able to attend all evening workshops

Application Opening & Deadline:

  • Application Opens: Monday, January 8th, 2024

  • Application Closes: Sunday, February 13th, 2024

  • Applicant Updates: Wednesday, February 14th, 2024

Stipend and Eligibility:

  • Stipend: Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon successful completion of the fellowship.

  • Eligibility Criteria: Applicants should either be planning to start a business within the next 12 months or already own an established business.

  • Residency: Applicants must be residents of Minnesota, with priority given to those from Ramsey County.

  • Attendance: All participants should commit to attending all evening workshops.

Application Selection Process:

All applicants will be awarded based on eligibility and their application. All eligible applicants will be selected by the staff of Asian Economic Development Association (AEDA). 

Any Questions or Concerns:

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at and we will get back to you soon as we can. 

Application Deadline:
February, 13th, 2024

Limited spots available! Enroll today to kickstart your business journey with the Learn and Earn Program.

The Artist
Business Cohort

The Artist Business Cohort is a 12-week, in person fellowship, that invites innovators shaping the future of entrepreneurship find inspiration. Immerse yourself in limitless creativity, strategic innovation, and collaborative ideation. Join our vibrant community, where creators and enthusiasts come together to redefine the business landscape. Let's unite in laying the groundwork for your entrepreneurial journey.

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Do you live in Ramsey County?

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Additional Information (Optional):

Please upload your written response (500 words max each question)

  • Tell us about yourself.

  • Tell us about your business and/or idea.

    • What is the mission & vision of your business.

  • Why do you want to start, expand, and/or further your business?

  • Why is this fellowship important to you and your business?

  • Why should you be a part of this cohort?

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Join the Artist Business Cohort, a 12-week, in person mentorship. This cohort welcomes spirited entrepreneurs ready to channel their creativity into impactful ventures. Embrace an environment that nurtures fresh ideas, encourages collaboration, and supports the growth of innovative concepts. Let's build a dynamic network where imaginative minds converge to shape the future of entrepreneurship.

The Artist Business Cohort offers a comprehensive platform for graphic and visual artists keen on honing their craft and business acumen. Through immersive workshops, participants delve into various facets including studio setup, design entrepreneurship, and navigating exhibition opportunities. The program emphasizes cultivating entrepreneurial skills and leadership qualities to foster practical growth.

Supported by Ramsey County and Saint Paul through the American Rescue Plan Act.

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