Programs for Entrepreneurs

Design Entrepreneurs NYC

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An initiative by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and NYCEDC, Design Entrepreneurs NYC is a free, intensive "mini-MBA" program that equips select fashion designers with the skills they need to successfully run a fashion label, including marketing, operations, and financial management.

Design Entrepreneurs NYC 2013

Congratulations to our Grand Prize Winner, Becca McCharen of Chromat, and to our second place winner, Vasumathi Soundararajan of Ken Wroy.

Meet all 35 DENYC 2013 finalists here.

The second annual Design Entrepreneurs NYC kicked off with a late May orientation, followed by three consecutive weekends of intensive instruction led by industry experts and FIT faculty. Between June and September, participants worked with instructors to write, refine, and finalize their business plans, which they presented to a panel of influential industry leaders in late September.

This year, we are also pleased to announce a special partnership with G-III Apparel Group, who have generously matched city funding for this program.  Their contribution will be used to establish prize money for selected finalists at the end of the program, along with additional financial workshops, as well as events for program alumni. 

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Program Overview

Created by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in partnership with NYCEDC, Design Entrepreneurs NYC is a targeted effort to support emerging talent in order to grow the City as a hub of fashion design.

Design Entrepreneurs NYC is one of six initiatives resulting from Fashion.NYC.2020, an ongoing examination of the challenges facing the fashion industry to help the City build on its competitive advantages to maintain its status as a global fashion capital. To learn more about NYCEDC’s fashion-related work, visit the NYCEDC Fashion Industry page.

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