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Date and time: Wednesday, May 15, 2024. 11:30 AM EST

location: online and Sotheby's Institute of Art New York AND london campuses
The Gavel is a pitch competition that sits within the innovative Enterprise Studio - the graduate student center for art and entrepreneurship at Sotheby's Institute, open to MA students and alums.

For several years we have asked incoming graduate students what sector they intend to pursue after their studies at Sotheby’s Institute, almost half self-identify as future entrepreneurs. It is to support these up-and-coming disruptors, innovators, and change-makers of the art world that Sotheby’s Institute has established a resource center for our students and alumni entrepreneurs - the Enterprise Studio.

Students who intend to launch a business shortly after their studies may participate in our annual Enterprise Studio competition – The Gavel. The students accepted each year are supported as they develop their business idea over the course of the academic year, with close access to mentors who advise them as they shape their plans from ideation to execution.

The winning team of The Gavel become Enterprise Studio Fellows for one year, receiving significant support to grow their business:

  • 1 year of gratis office space (subject to availability) in NYC or London, from which to base and launch their start-up
  • £30,000 / $40,000 seed funding
  • Mentor support
  • Industry and investment introductions

This year's competition takes place on May 15, judges and mentors include:

Brandon Busteed – CEO of BrandEd
Indy Sanders – Founder of PerformVu
Jeremy Kagan – Managing Partner of Textbook Ventures
Julie Lomax – CEO of A-N Artists Information Company
Vishal Kumar – CEO and Co-founder of the Alice Camera