We are highlighting our student entrepreneurs who are members of the Accelerator program. The Accelerator is for any Belmont undergraduate student who is launching or running a business. This program is for students who are dedicated to learning and growing a business. Membership includes dedicated office space, consistent time with our Entrepreneur in Residence Shawn Glinter, and resources and opportunities to take your business to the next level!
Andrew Cranny is a Junior Music Business major from Charleston, South Carolina. He is currently working to start Chapel, LLC.
What does your business do?
We are a company opening a concert venue in town, capturing both the energy of our favorite house shows and the professionalism of much larger venues.
How long have you been working on this business?
Chapel was first conceived in the summer of 2016, and the business was officially started in September.
Did you always know you wanted to start a business? If not, when did you realize it?
I did not always know that I wanted to start a business, but as I realized that I had the capability to do it as well as friends who would support me, I decided that I should just go for it.
Where do you hope your business will be at the end of the year in The Accelerator?
By the end of this year, I want Chapel to have a physical location and for over half of our predicted shows to be booked by third parties.
Favorite class ever?
My favorite class I’ve taken is probably an introduction-level philosophy class that I took at my last school. It was the first class to really introduce me to my right brain and allow me to explore it, which I have been able and excited to continue doing since.
Who is your biggest inspiration in business?
I think my father is my biggest inspiration in business. I always knew that he was talented and successful but he sacrificed that to raise my brother and me. Then when we were old enough, he went back into business and I was lucky enough to get a chance to work with him and see how someone manages a company.
What business or product do you wish had been your idea?
Snapchat: the idea is so simple and yet they were able to create something that no one even realized they needed or wanted.
Advice for other student entrepreneurs?
If I could give any advice, it would be to just go for it. For me, I met a friend in DECA who had had the courage to open his own business, and that’s what inspired me to start my company. Realize that there will probably never be a time where you feel that all of the external circumstances are perfect for you to become an entrepreneur, or that you are personally completely ready to take that step. But I decided, even with both of those factors, that I should just go for it.