Criteria for Eligibility

Applicants must:

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

Application Process

Phase 1: Application – Deadline: March 31, 2014
To be considered for participation in Design Entrepreneurs NYC, you must complete an application form. The application form will ask for basic personal information, company information, as well as responses to a few short answer questions.

Applications must be submitted to by 11:59 PM on Monday, March 31, 2014. We encourage candidates to submit their applications early as they will be considered on a rolling basis.

Phase 2: Review & Selection
The Design Entrepreneurs NYC Selection Committee, consisting of NYC-based fashion industry experts and leaders, will carefully review all applications and will determine who will be selected to join the 2013 class of Design Entrepreneurs NYC. Interviews may be scheduled, as needed, in April with select applicants.

Participants will be selected on the basis of their fulfillment of the eligibility criteria, including, without limitation, the overall quality of their business, and the strength of their application response.

Notwithstanding the forgoing, the Design Entrepreneurs NYC Selection Committee reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to consider eligibility criteria other than and in addition to the criteria set forth on this website in selecting participants to join the 2014 class of Design Entrepreneurs NYC. Individuals who do not meet one or more of the eligibility criteria may apply to and be considered for participation in the program.

Phase 3: Notification
Designers selected to participate in the program will be notified via e-mail by early May with information on next steps. Candidates not selected will also be notified by early May.