A mini-MBA for top New York City-based emerging fashion designers 


DENYC was created in 2011 through a partnership between FIT and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).

The free “mini MBA” provides selected designers with the business acumen, resources and community to grow their companies. Emerging designers whose businesses are based in one of New York City’s five boroughs and have been open for at least one year are eligible to apply.

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


New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth. The Center for Economic Transformation (CET) at NYCEDC aims to develop the City’s major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs.

Learn more about the NYCEDC at www.nycedc.com.

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years.

Providing students with a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn.

The campus encompasses an entire city block, and serves more than 10,000 students. FIT offers more than 40 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Many of FIT’s students come from the professional sector to advance their careers through programs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Offerings include a wide variety of courses, professional certificate programs, and several evening/weekend degree options.

Enterprise Studies and Digital Design at FIT has for more than 20 years provided designers with the business training they need to meet the enormous challenges of entrepreneurship. Developed to help maximize New York City’s creative assets for economic growth and job creation, programs include such courses as Starting a Small Business, Artist in the Marketplace, The Business of Illustration, Creative Enterprise Ownership, Tools of the Trade, and Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs.

Learn more about the Fashion Institute of Technology at www.fitnyc.edu.