Guam – The GUMA, Guam Unique Merchandise and Art Board of Directors announced the first awardees of their pilot incubator program at the DFS Galleria in Tumon Wednesday.
GUMA is a non-profit organization created to mentor and support aspiring local artists cultural producers and entrepreneurs.
Their selection committee reviewed 16 applications for their pilot program narrowing the field down to four.
The four are Ron Castro whose concept is to sell three dimensional art puzzles featuring Guam’s cultural icons and model canoes, Mark Murer whose concept is to design and produce high-end gift boxes that feature colorful glass mosaics of local scenes, and two local cookie companies island memories and Coco Jo’s.
“DFS with the global reach that it’s got we intend to apply a lot of those resources towards helping those people with everything from product development to packaging development to how to market the product to how to brand it we also are committed to make sure we’ve got the assistance provided to them to get them into retail environments like DFS and some others here on Guam,” said Promotions Manager Francis Guerrero.
GUMA’s incubator program was made possible through a grant of 150 thousand dollars from DFS Guam.