Emerging Designer Incubator

The IFF Emerging Designer Incubator sits at the intersection of DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) and educational advancement.

This intensive certification program was developed to educate Indiana-based designers in the areas of business development, fashion design, and the evolving fashion industry structure. The goal is to equip participating designers with the tools necessary to build sustainable, market-ready fashion businesses.

About the Emerging Designer Incubator

The IFF Emerging Designer Incubator program equips Indiana-based fashion designers with tools to build a sustainable fashion business and navigate the global fashion industry. To achieve these objectives, we are presenting a diverse mix of methodologies to educate and prepare the participating designers.

The program will include…

  • Weekly group sessions that will equip the designers with the core knowledge necessary to build a fashion business.
  •  Mentors who will be paired with designers to advise them as they develop a strategic plan to aid in the success of their start-up phase.
  • Open office hours, which will give designers access to program coordinators and other participants to receive additional knowledge and advice regarding the development of their strategic plans.
  • An opportunity to pitch strategic plans to a panel of cross-industry experts for a chance to win grants and/or resources that will aid in manufacturing and selling their garments.

Program Schedule

The IFF Emerging Designer Incubator consolidates eight weeks of learning into an intensive four week program that will run from October 12 thru November 5, 2021.

Oct
12
2021

Time: 6:00pm

The Functions of a Fashion Business

  • Pillars of a fashion business
  • Business planning
  • Implementation

Oct
16
2021

Time: 11:00am

Design Elements & Technique

  • Garment construction & technique
  • Garment quality
  • Ideation to Implementation (Illustration to construction)

Oct
19
2021

Time: 6:00pm

Supply Chain & Sustainability

  • Sourcing
  • Production Management

Oct
23
2021

Time: 11:00am

Marketing & Retail

  • Retail/Sales model
  • Marketing channels & strategies

Oct
26
2021

Time: 6:00pm

Media & Press Relations

  • Understanding press-worthy news
  • Crafting your story
  • Best practices

Oct
30
2021

Time: 11:00am

Designer Portfolio Critiques

Designer portfolios will be reviewed by a panel of cross-disciplinary industry experts who will offer live critiques & recommendations to aid in refining portfolios prior to the pitch event.

Nov
02
2021

Time: 6:00Pm

Open Office & Mentoring Session

Nov
05
2021

Time: TBA

Emerging Designer Pitch Event

Application & Selection Process

The application for the IFF Emerging Designer Incubator is open from September 7, 2021 and will remain open until October 1, 2021 at 11:59pm EST.

Applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of their previous work.
Applications & portfolios will be reviewed as they are received and up to fifteen (15) designers will be selected to participate in the program.

Selected participants will be notified no later than October 5, 2021.

Participant Investment

The investment for selected participants is a one-time fee of $400

This fee will cover the cost of program material, administrative fees, instructors, mentors, and admission to attend the Making it IN Fashion Industry Conference on November 4 & 5, 2021 where we will host the pitch event and completion certificate ceremony.

Selected participants will be required to pay the fee in full by October 8, 2021.

Apply Now

Congratulations! You are about to begin the application process to participate in the IFF Emerging Designer Incubator. Your decision to apply is helping you get one step closer to building a healthy, strong fashion business.

We estimate that it will take approximately 35 minutes to complete the application.
Unfortunately, there is currently no option to save your responses. We suggest drafting your responses in a document and pasting them into the fields when you are ready to submit your application.

Each applicant will be required to submit a professional design portfolio as a single PDF file that is no more than 10MB in size.
If you are unsure of what to include in your portfolio, please watch this video.

Designer Incubator Application

Personal Information

Company Information

Can you sew and make patterns?
How long have you been in business?
Current Employment (excluding your fashion business)
Which category best matches your products?
Select up to 2 options
Maximum upload size: 10MB

Business Model & Capacity

(e.g. age range, gender, career, lifestyle)
(e.g. age range, gender, career, lifestyle)
(e.g. direct to consumer, e-commerce, specialty stores, department stores, etc.)

Acknowledgement & Acceptance

Please read carefully and click "SUBMIT" to send your application for the Indiana Fashion Foundation Emerging Designer Incubator.

Indiana Fashion Foundation Corporation (IFF) may use my voice, name, likeness and biographical information in any editorial, advertising, or promotional materials throughout the universe in any and all media by any and all means, whether such media and means are now known or developed later, worldwide, in perpetuity, in connection with IFF, including any television program, series or documentary related thereto. If selected, I agree to participate in any special design projects or promotional events that are in connection with the Emerging Designer Incubator. If chosen as an Emerging Designer Incubator participant, I agree to be interviewed, photographed and/or filmed and to execute all agreements and/or releases which may be required in connection therewith. IFF shall be the sole and exclusive owner of all rights (including, without limitation, copyrights) in and to all related footage or materials. Such footage and materials shall be deemed “works made for hire” and I hereby waive all “moral” rights that I may have in and to such footage and materials. I hereby waive any and all rights I may have to any compensation whatsoever.

If chosen as a Emerging Designer Incubator participant, I understand the IFF may, from time to time, present me with design, collaboration, co-branding and other business opportunities, which it determines may be potentially beneficial to my business and brand exposure. To the extent not inconsistent with my then-existing contractual obligations, I agree to consider in good faith any such opportunities and to execute all agreements and/or other documents which may be required in connection therewith.

If chosen as an Emerging Designer Incubator participant, for the duration of the program, (including the terms of this Application and Acknowledgement) delivered or provided by or on behalf of the IFF shall be referred to as “Confidential Information.” I will not use the Confidential Information for any purpose other than in connection with the Emerging Designer Incubator program. I will not disclose the Confidential Information to anyone, except (i) with the prior written permission of IFF or (ii) as may be required by law. I hereby release, and will indemnify, IFF and/or their subsidiaries and affiliates, advertising or promotion agencies, from any claim of injury or other loss that may result from my participation in the Emerging Designer Incubator.

I UNDERSTAND THAT I AM ENTERING INTO A LEGALLY BINDING AGREEMENT UNDER THIS APPLICATION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT BEFORE SIGNING THIS APPLICATION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT WITH AN ATTORNEY OR OTHER ADVISOR OF MY CHOICE.