Open Call: 2019 FIT Design Entrepreneurs Mini-MBA Program for $150,000 in Prize Money


FIT Design Entrepreneurs, the "mini-MBA" program for emerging designers from Fashion Institute of Technology has announced an open call for their 2019 class. The program, now in its seventh year is open to businesses globally that can commit to the required curriculum at FIT. Each year, FIT and a panel of industry names select 25 designers to embark on a 5 month program that includes curriculum in branding and marketing, operations and financials along with mentorship, supplementary classes at FIT, a pitch workshop and networking events. 

Designers will be required to submit a business plan over the course of the 6 month program and the top 12 plans will pitch for a chance to win $100,000 and $50,000. Last year, there was a tie and Ariana Boussard-Reifel and Thistle & Spire won the grand prize. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • The program is open to designers globally as long as they can commit weekend intensives and any other required days 
  • Fashion design categories include, but are not limited to women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, accessories and jewelry
  • Business should have been in business at least one year 
  • Companies should have sales and press 

Alumni and Community

The program has helped top emerging labels grow their business, including:

Chromat, Eckhaus Latta, Study, Wwake, Kordal, Haerfest, Thaddeus O'Neil, Bode, Ariana Boussard-Reifel, Haus Alkire, Mimi Prober, Christine Alcalay, Kozaburo, Between the Sheets Lingerie, Cadet, Vanessa Lianne Jewelry, Post Imperial, Corridor, Upstate, Vaquera, Kent, Cienne, Mestiza, Novis, Shahla Karimi, Wolcott-Takemoto, WXYZ Jewelry, A-Morir, Davit Hart, Cristina Ottaviano, Nikki Chasin, Mimi Plange, Leota, Suzanne Rae and many others.

The deadline to submit your application is October 31, 2018. Learn more about FIT Design Entrepreneurs  and apply to the program. Please use The Emerging Designer as your referral source.

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