The BROOKLYN Fashion Incubator, Inc.
Fashion Business in-Residence / remote Application
The BROOKLYN Fashion Incubator (BFI) at The Green Desk in Downtown Brooklyn, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit funded by corporate partners such as Macy’s, UPS, M&T Bank, and others -- with a mission to provide emerging U.S. apparel, beauty, personal care, and home style-focused businesses with the mentoring, direction, expertise, and guidance to assist in the growth of their young businesses.
Throughout the Membership Program, BFI Remote Program participants will receive individually tailored guidance and direction focused on their very specific fashion business development, including as it relates to production, prioritizing and planning, managing finances, growth projection, social media/tech and online presence, business plans, marketing, presentation, selling, etc. The program participants will be provided with customized attention designed and intended to help each of them grow their business to the next level – without having to physically be at our BFI offices in Downtown Brooklyn, NY.
Benefits & ResponsibilityFBIR’s will receive mentoring from successful fashion focused businesses and executives, as well as feedback from other industry experts, along with press and promotional event opportunities designed to deliver attention to their young businesses. The BROOKLYN Fashion Incubator will support talent that understands the program is a business proposition, not merely a creative opportunity. The FBIR’s are expected to complete the full year and are limited to their one-year term in residence. The Incubator program will begin February 1 st. After the year, alumnae are encouraged to stay connected through various programs and events. individual area and work space cutting table conference room available for meetings one on one mentoring meetings for the specific needs of the business business, marketing, and financial plan development presentation and branding for ultimate results intimate workshops on topics crucial to a fashion businesses’s success panel discussions on relevant topics comprehensive field trips sales and marketing associate who sets up specific appointments and meetings with retail buyers fashion shows and pop ups to expand brand exposure from 0 to very nominal expense PR opportunities vetted references to suppliers, production companies, legal and accounting assistance necessary to expand Participants receive special pricing from our partners and suppliers for services and supplies for their businesses
EligibilityReside in the New York Metro Region Be 21 years of age or older. Provide a minimum of three (3) images of your business, the work that best reflects your vision for your brand. Have already started (1-2 years), a fashion-related business in the New York metro area and are incorporated. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $75.00. Be able to commit to BFI PROGRAM, utilizing all available resources.
Submission, Timeline and Fees"The Application MUST be submitted to the BFI review panel in BOTH PRINTED AND ELECTRONIC format. Mail To:The BROOKLYN Fashion IncubatorMaria BarrazaExecutive Director 147 Prince Street 1st Floor Brooklyn N.Y. 11201-3022 The application along with a non-refundable application fee of $75 must be received no later than 10 days after your receipt of the application. Payment can be received via check along with the printed application. Please make your check payable to The Brooklyn Fashion Incubator, Inc. --If accepted to participate in the Incubator program there will be at the current monthly fee, per accepted participant payable to the Incubator by the 15th of each month.
Judging CriteriaThe BFI Board will judge BFI applicants based on the below criteria. Designers-in-Residence (DIR) should: The BFI Board will judge BFI applicants based on the below criteria. Designers-in-Residence (DIR) should: Have the ability to commit to BFI completely, utilizing all available resources, with a clear plan and intent to launch their businesses as a full-time endeavor. Have a strong vision for their business and business plan. Demonstrate the highest level of responsibility and dedication to both the program and their business. Demonstrate a manageable level of financial ability to fund their new businesses (APPROXIMATELY $15,000+). Have the ability to work well with others with the desire and flexibility to engage in and be respectful of the program’s many collaborations and collaborators. Understand that while we are here to provide resources AND IMPART KNOWLEDGE TO help participants establish their businesses, ultimately, participants are responsible for each and every aspect of operating, and growing their individual companies. - The four (4) chosen FBIR’s will be notified by two weeks after receiving the completed application, before end of EACH year.
Participant ChecklistPlease be sure you have sent the following: Application both Printed and Electronic. $75 non-refundable Application Fee via mail. Resume both Printed and Electronic. Images of your product(s) – or service description - in a press kit, look book, line sheet or similar format. Both Printed and Electronic. Two Letters of Reference both Printed and Electronic.
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