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Design Entrepreneurs NYC

In-Kind Business Development Services to USA,
Canada, and International Fashion Design Businesses

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FIT Design Entrepreneurs

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In-kind services to USA, Canada, and International fashion designers to develop their businesses through a program of weekend learning sessions based out of New York City. Eligible design categories may include menswear, women's wear, children's wear, jewelry, and accessories.

This free “mini-MBA” program provides selected designers with the business acumen, resources, and community to grow their companies. 

Each year, 25 designers accepted into the program are immersed in weekend learning intensives focused on marketing, financials, and operations taught by FIT instructors and industry experts. Each designer is also paired with a dedicated mentor to help them complete their business plan. All participants have access to FIT classes, resources, industry contacts, and events. The program culminates with a pitch event at which 12 designers compete for a cash prize to be used to execute their business plan.

Based on program criteria, an ideal candidate runs an established, fashion design business that has achieved traction in the industry as demonstrated through press coverage and sales, and is committed to learning the business skills needed to run a fashion label.

The program sessions are designed to appeal to a range of experience levels. The content will provide a strong foundation for designers less familiar with the day-to-day aspects of running their own businesses but will also be rigorous enough to appeal to those with more business experience.

Participants are expected to devote as much time as needed to complete weekly assignments, refining business plans and developing presentations. It is anticipated that between the weekend intensives, participants will be spending an average of five hours on program-related work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 168563

Number of Grants:

Each year approximately 25 fashion companies are accepted into the program.

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All program sessions and additional benefits will be offered free of charge to Design Entrepreneurs participants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

FIT Design Entrepreneurs is looking for a diverse range of fashion businesses from across the globe.

Emerging designers whose businesses have been open for at least one year are eligible to apply. An ideal candidate runs an established, fashion design business that has achieved traction in the industry as demonstrated through press coverage and sales, and is committed to learning the business skills needed to run a fashion label.

In order to be eligible for the program, applicants must be able to attend all program sessions.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: October 31, 2019

References must come from a person who is best suited to speak to your professional abilities, such as a manufacturer, factor, retailer or professor.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions about your application or the program, please contact the program at

Fashion Institute of Technology
Business Enterprise
227 West 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992
Phone: 212 217.7250

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.