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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 2014

Funded for the second straight year in part by a generous gift from G-III Apparel Group, Design Entrepreneurs NYC will award the winning and second place business plans, judged by an expert panel at the end of the program, with $25,000 and $10,000 in funding, respectively. The G-III gift will also be used to provide financial workshops, networking opportunities, and fashion business presentations for both past and current program participants.

Meet all 35 DENYC 2014 finalists here.

The third 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 will work with instructors to write, refine, and finalize their business plans, which they presented to a panel of influential industry leaders in late September. View program details.

Past Design Entrepreneurs Classes

View the winners and find out more about past Design Entrepreneurs Classes.

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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