I’m very grateful for the opportunity to be apart of the FIT Design Entrepreneurs Program. It was invaluable experience as a new brand to be surrounded and supported by other designers who have been in my shoes. The instructors, the courses we covered from finance to marketing, production and sales, having access to FIT resources and coming out of it all with a solid business plan and feedback from industry experts has given me the opportunity to get ahead of certain things in business while I’m still new so that I have a better chance at success.
We were overjoyed to have been part of the FIT Design Entrepreneurs program! FIT took us under their wing, even though we were not alumni nor from New York. We didn't have any experience with producing a business plan and FIT prepared us and helped us focus. We ended up making it as a top four finalist in the program and we used the same plan to raise our first successful friends and family round! Since FIT, we've launched into some of the most prestigious retailers, grown our online sales and have improved our business operations.
-Louisa C. Rechter and Alessandra Perez-Rubio, Mestiza New York
My experience with FIT DE program was phenomenal! I was so honored to be selected from out of state and gain the knowledge needed to take my business to another level through the guidance of industry professionals that I simply had no access to living in Houston. I left the program with a legitimate business plan, mentors, and new relationships (friends, mentors, colleagues) that I will continue to grow with through the upcoming years. It was definitely refreshing to know that I was not the only one going through specific business challenges. I left the program with a new found confidence that I can be a successful brand if I apply all that I learned in the program.
-Onyii Brown, ONYII & CO