SBIR Phase I: Method of Integrated Web-Based Tools to Enable a Collaborative Community of Professional Creatives

Award Information
Agency:
National Science Foundation
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
0810420
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
NSF 07-586
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2008
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
0810420
Solicitation Topic Code:
EO
Small Business Information
Artbox LLC
11 Bridgestone Lane, Avon, CT, 06001
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
099559804
Principal Investigator
 Elizabeth Messina
 BFA
 (860) 675-7101
 beth@artbox.com
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Messina
Title: BFA
Phone: (860) 675-7101
Email: beth@artbox.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes to attract and organize a revenue-generating, web-based, collaborative community of independent creatives - writers, photographers, animators, video producers, graphic artists, designers, musicians, etc. by providing web tools designed to increase their productivity and ability to interact with peers and with potential clients. Artbox plans to build the platform by integrating web-based tools into an efficient online application, creating a virtual community for people who usually work alone. These free-lance workers are a growing portion of the creative labor market. They need a network of creative people with different skillsets to carry out multifaceted multimedia projects they could not do on their own. The net has changed the economic realities of almost every business, and the American economy is at a turning point. Old models based on manufacturing and information technology have been greatly affected by the availability of cheap labor overseas. Observers of these trends have identified that innovation and imagination and collective intelligence form the new basis for competitive advantage in the global marketplace. In an innovation economy, creators of original content, concepts and products are also the creators of value. By aggregating this Creative Force, Artbox.com will build a powerful network and efficient talent-sourcing tool for businesses and individuals alike. If successful, the commercial impact of this platform promises to be significant.

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