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About Us

We’ve all needed help – help taking advantage of our talents, supporting ourselves, solving a problem, making a business connection, or simply figuring out where to go and how to get there.


We got the help we needed. Now we want to help you.


We are a community of artists, academics, makers, dreamers, and performers—young and old—with one idea in common. We want the arts to flourish in this town. And we want artists to flourish too.


We designed the Innovation Lab to support creatives starting careers, businesses or looking to improve what they are doing. Our goal is simple: to offer specific solutions to concrete problems.


All our programs are free. They are made possible by the generosity of the creatives and professionals in our community.


Our team


Neil Kleinman
Founding Member

Professor (emeritus) of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; co-founder, BroadSide Collective; former director of the UArts Corzo Center for the Creative Economy. Teacher, Writer, Dean, Entrepreneur, and Lawyer. 



Kelly Meissner
UX Design
Founding Member

Kelly Meissner is a product designer with 15 years of industry experience.  Through product design, Kelly has had the opportunity to connect with teams of marketers, creatives, and developers in 16 countries. 



Aubrey Fink
Design & Managing Editor
Founding Member

Aubrey is the owner of the design & marketing studio Fink Creative, which specializes in crafting authentic & compelling online presences for small businesses.

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Tom Panico
Strategy & Operations
Founding Member

A small-time entrepreneur in the games and entertainment industry, Tom is committed to helping others use their skills to build stable and fulfilling careers. Currently serving as corporate faculty at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in their Esports Management department.



About Broad•Side Collective

The Innovation Lab is one of several efforts created and supported by the BroadSide Collective. Its purpose is both theoretical and practical. Educators in the arts, its members are looking for ways to help the next generation of creatives take their place at the center of a democratic society – to lead, create, and reshape a turbulent world in the midst of dramatic transformation. Its mantra: “We learn by doing and question all we do.” 


For more about the BroadSide Collective and what it does, see.


The views expressed by the BroadSide Collective or the Innovation Lab and related programs, by its consultants, or found on this website or through links provided are not to be taken as legal or definitive advice.  They are suggestions.  Evaluate them along with the advice you receive from others in the light of your goals.  


The Innovation Lab and programs, the BroadSide Collective, and its consultants (jointly or severally) shall not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special, consequential, or punitive damages, nor for any loss of profits or revenues, whether incurred directly or indirectly, or any loss of data, use, goodwill, or other intangible losses, resulting from the advice given as part of the Innovation Lab and programs or provided on its websites or through links listed.  

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