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Meet the Accelerator Entrepreneurs

Join us March 30th at 12pm ET to meet the founders of the companies being supported though the LI Accelerator Program. Hear about their journeys, gain insights into their challenges, and learn about their next steps.

The conversation will be moderated by Steven Wolfe Pereira, CEO and Co-Founder of Encantos, and feature speakers from four of the five participating companies.

Arvin Annia, Managing Director of LIBREX

Alfredo Hurtado, Creative Director of Holy Joe

Shawn Karawaju, CEO of Bedrock Collectibles

Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, Creative Director of Somos Arte

2021 Program Participants

BEDROCK COLLECTIBLES is a Toronto-based producer of premium statues and collectibles for pop culture brands. With more than five years’ industry experience, Bedrock Collectibles creates memorable, detailed statues that connect people with the brands and characters they love.

HOLY JOE is a streetwear brand launched in 2018 by a brother-and-sister team based in Los Angeles and Mexico City. They combine their Mexican heritage with their Californian upbringing to make clothes that are loved worldwide, from Tokyo to New York City to Australia’s Gold Coast.

LIBREX is a UK-based licensing agency that helps sports and fitness brands to grow sustainably via credible brand extensions and strategic geographical expansion. Established in January 2020, the team offers more than 25 years of international licensing experience with leading active brands such as Dunlop, Everlast, Lonsdale, No Fear, and Slazenger.

PARK STAR MEDIA is a production company and creative studio based in Los Angeles and Seoul. Focused on developing and launching original brands that bring joy and spark inspiration, Park Star Media recently co-produced an animated series with Wildbrain inspired by their original toy IP Super Binks and produced a digital series based on the award-winning toy figurine Uncle Mermaid.

SOMOS ARTE is a Brooklyn-based production and creatives services studio under the leadership of Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez. In 2016, the superhero graphic novel series La Borinqueña was created and published by Miranda-Rodriguez. The next year, he also published the award-winning and bestselling benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico. Sales from the anthology established the La Borinqueña Grants Program, providing annual grants to Puerto Rico-based nonprofit organizations committed to the island’s rebuilding and revitalization.

Diversity & Inclusion Accelerator Program
The global licensing industry is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best and brightest from all backgrounds to achieve superior business goals. To that end, Licensing International’s mission is to help its members and the broader licensing community build diverse and inclusive workplaces. We are working to bridge the gap between underrepresented, diverse entrepreneurs around the globe and the resources they need to build profitable, high-growth companies within the licensing industry. We execute programs and establish partnerships that foster diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures.

Applications to the Accelerator Program are currently open through April 29, 2022. The 2022 Accelerator Program Cohort will be announced the week of May 23, 2022.

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