HOW MANY APPLICANTS WILL BE ACCEPTED?
Each year we accept approximately 25 fashion companies into the program.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN DESIGN ENTREPRENEURS NYC?
All program sessions and additional benefits will be offered free of charge to Design Entrepreneurs participants.
WHAT IF I CAN'T MAKE IT TO ALL OF THE SESSIONS?
In order to be eligible for the program, you must be able to attend all program sessions.
DO I HAVE TO BE A NYC RESIDENT TO APPLY?
You do not have to be a NYC resident to apply. However, you must be able to attend all program sessions.
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN AN IDEAL CANDIDATE?
Based on our criteria, an ideal candidate runs an established, fashion design business that has achieved traction in the industry as demonstrated through press coverage and sales, and is committed to learning the business skills needed to run a fashion label.
HOW LONG SHOULD I HAVE BEEN IN BUSINESS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM?
An ideal candidate should have been in business for at least one year. In previous years, we’ve had fashion companies that have ranged from one year old to a decade in business.
WHO SHOULD I BE ASKING FOR A REFERENCE?
References must come from a person who is best suited to speak to your professional abilities, such as a manufacturer, factor, retailer or professor.
I APPLIED BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD BACK. WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Applicants will receive an e-mail confirming the receipt of their application shortly after submission. Additionally, all applicants will receive an e-mail notification of the status of their applications by the end of November. If you do not receive either of these e-mails, please check your spam folder for e-mails from firstname.lastname@example.org or send an email to us.
TO WHAT EXPERIENCE LEVEL WILL THE WEEKEND INTENSIVES BE TARGETED?
The program sessions are designed to appeal to a range of experience levels. The content will provide a strong foundation for designers less familiar with the day-to-day aspects of running their own businesses but will also be rigorous enough to appeal to those with more business experience.
DO I NEED TO HAVE ANY SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE FOR THE WEEKEND INTENSIVE SESSIONS?
Participants will not be expected to have any specialized knowledge for the weekend intensive sessions.
WHAT IF I ALREADY HAVE A BUSINESS PLAN?
Though the weekend sessions are designed to give participants a ground up understanding of how to put together a business plan, the curriculum will be rigorous enough to appeal to designers at all stages of their business plan development. Additionally, the pitch workshop will offer participants an opportunity to improve their presentations in order to better engage prospective clients, vendors investors.
WHAT IS THE EXPECTED TIME COMMITMENT OUTSIDE OF THE CLASS SESSIONS?
Participants are expected to devote as much time as needed to complete weekly assignments, refining business plans and developing presentations. It is anticipated that between the weekend intensives, participants will be spending an average of five hours on program-related work.