Open Call: Design Entrepreneurs NYC Recruiting for the Class of 2014


Design Entrepreneurs NYC Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a mini-MBA program developed by FIT and the NYCEDC has launched their open call for the 2014 class. The program, now in its third year selects top industry talent to be a part of this free initiative.

Designers will participate in spring/summer weekend intensive learning sessions (finance, operations, marketing) be mentored through the summer and have access to FIT resources. Designers will work on their business plan and compete for two prizes: $25,000 and $10,000.

Requirements include:

  • Have a NYC-based fashion design business (womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, and/or accessories)
  • Have been in business for at least one year
  • Demonstrate traction in the industry (e.g., press coverage, sales, etc.)
  • Commit to attending all mandatory events (e.g., kick-off, weekend intensives, presentation skills workshop, closing event)

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.

Past Mentors & Speakers

Jeanette Nostra (G-III Apparel) Gary Wassner (Hilldun), Teri Agins (WSJ), Richard Chai (Designer), Yolanda Wardowski (Avalon), Andy Ward (Garment Industry Development Corporation), Sandra Holtzman (Holtzman Communications) and more.

Past Designers

Designers from previous classes include: Chromat, Parke & Ronen, Marlon Gobel, Mimi Plange, TITANIA INGLIS, Proper Gang, Suzanne Rae, Daisy & Elizabeth, Jes Wade, Sunghee Bang, Between the Sheets Lingerie, Ken Wroy, Carrie Parry, Study NY, Osborn, Salt + Stone, Vespertine, Kai D, Andrea Diodati, {EM} RESERVOIR, Kallio, BAZZ DE GRANT, Leota New York, Recollection by Sandra Murphy and more.

Learn more about the opportunity on Design Entrepreneurs NYC and connect on Twitter @DesignPreneurNY and on Facebook.

Want to learn more? Come to our Design Entrepreneurs NYC Meetup and meet designers and those involved in the program.

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