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FIT Design Entrepreneurs OPEN CALL

FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:30 PM (EDT)

FIT Design Entrepreneurs  OPEN CALL

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Ariana Boussard-Reifel 






2019 FIT Design Entrepreneurs FREE Mini-MBA Program
$150,000 in Prize Money


FIT Design Entrepreneurs, the “mini-MBA” program for emerging designers presented by the Fashion Institute of Technology, has announced an open call for their 2019 class. The program, now in its seventh year, is open to businesses globally that can commit to the required curriculum at FIT.

Each year, FIT and a panel of industry names select 25 designers to embark on a five-month program that includes curriculum in branding and marketing, operations and financials, along with mentorship, supplementary classes at FIT, a pitch workshop, and networking events.

Designers will be required to submit a business plan to complete the program and the top 12 plans will pitch for a chance to win $100,000 and $50,000. Last year, there was a tie and both 
Ariana Boussard-Reifel and Thistle & Spire won the grand prize.



• The program is open to designers globally as long as they can commit
weekend intensives and any other required days.

• Fashion design categories include, but are not limited to, women’s wear,
men's wear, children’s wear, accessories, and jewelry.

• Business should have been in business at least one year.

• Companies should have sales and press Alumni and Community.


The program has helped top emerging labels grow their business, including:
Chromat, Eckhaus Latta, Study, Wwake, Kordal, Haerfest, Thaddeus O’Neil, Bode, Ariana Boussard-Reifel, Haus Alkire, Mimi Wong, Christine Alcalay, Kozaburo, Between the Sheets Lingerie, Cadet, Vanessa Liane Jewelry, Post Imperial, Corridor, Upstate, Vaquera, Kent, Cienne, Mestiza, Novis, Shahla Karimi, Wolcott-Takemoto, WXYZ Jewelry, A-Morir, Davit Hart, Cristina Ottaviano, Nikki Chasin, Mimi Plange, Leota, Suzanne Rae and many others.


The deadline to submit an application is OCTOBER 31, 2018.

To learn more and to APPLY, please visit


Thistle & Spire


Have questions about FIT Design Entrepreneurs OPEN CALL? Contact FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies

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Fashion Institute of Technology
227 West 27 Street
New York, New York 10001

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM - Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 11:30 PM (EDT)

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FIT's Center for Continuing and Professional Studies

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