Our curriculum provides designers with business-building education.

 

Designers selected into the program will participate in the following curriculum:

PROGRAM KICK-OFF RECEPTION

 June 2, 2016

Our annual kick-off reception is hosted by G-III Apparel, a key supporter of the program at their Garment District headquarters. Participants will meet other designers, instructors, mentors and FIT and NYCEDC constituents.

WEEKEND INTENSIVES

Saturdays & Sundays, June 4 – June 19, 2016

Participants will learn the day-to-day aspects of running a fashion business from FIT faculty members and industry veterans. Topics include:

Weekend 1: Fashion Business Marketing
Weekend 2: Fashion Business Operations
Weekend 3: Fashion Business Financial Management

SUMMER DEVELOPMENT

June 20 – August 15, 2016

Designers will be able to work with instructors to refine and finalize their business plans. There will also be a number of optional summer sessions in which participants can receive in-person guidance and participate in specialized workshops run by seasoned industry professionals. Participants will also have access to a variety of courses offered at FIT through the Center of Continuing and Professional Studies.

PRESENTATIONS SKILLS WORKSHOP

All participants will learn the art of pitching and hone their ability to captivate audiences and deliver a compelling message.

BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATION AND CLOSING RECEPTION

October 6, 2016, Participants, mentors and industry names are in attendance at the closing reception. A select groups of designers who have successfully completed the Design Entrepreneurs NYC program will have the opportunity to present their business plans to industry leaders and peers.