We are excited to share that we are selected as one of the twenty-five designers for the FIT Design Entrepreneurs Program, Class of 2019.
About the Program
From the FIT DE website:
Design Entrepreneurs NYC was created in 2011 through a partnership between FIT and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), the city’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth. After five successful years, the NYCEDC made a planned departure from the program, which is now continuing as FIT Design Entrepreneurs.
This free “mini-MBA” program provides selected designers with the business acumen, resources, and community to grow their companies. Emerging designers whose businesses have been open for at least one year are eligible to apply. Design categories include but are not limited to women’s wear, menswear, children’s wear, accessories, and jewelry.
Each year, 25 designers accepted into the program are immersed in weekend learning intensives focused on marketing, financials, and operations taught by FIT instructors and industry experts. Each designer is also paired with a dedicated mentor to help them complete their business plan. All participants have access to FIT classes, resources, industry contacts, and events. The program culminates with a pitch event at which 12 designers compete for a cash prize to be used to execute their business plan.
Class of 2019 Designers:
Marisol Arteaga, Arteaga Anita
Arzé, ARZÉ Atelier
Kathy Minh Bach and Chuong Pham, KAAREM
Nora Gardner, Nora Gardner New York
Anitra Michelle, Anitra
Audra Noyes, AUDRA
Stefan Ayon, STAY MADE
Lisa Reali, Reali New York
Jewelry Chorthip Langese, Chorthip
Fiona Morrison, Wolf Circus
Soull Ogun & Dynasty Ogun, L’ENCHANTEUR
Stephanie Schwallie, Castlecliff
Sage Loman, SAGE AUBREY
Hope Macdonald, Hope by Hope Macdonald
Jaquelyn Wang, Apede Mod
Eree Kim, HOPP
Soni Borcar, Mei L’ange
Corey Woods, YEROC by Corey Woods