QUT Creative Enterprise Australia announces 2017 Accelerator program for Australian Fashion Entrepreneurs

22 December 2016

QUT Creative Enterprise Accelerator program for Australian Fashion Entrepreneurs

QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) has announced applications are now open for its 2017 Fashion Accelerator program as it looks to discover Australia’s next big fashion export.

CEA’s Fashion Accelerator is Australia’s only accelerator program exclusively supporting fashion entrepreneurs and startups, providing them with real-world knowledge and experience in a high-tech environment.

CEA helps start, grow, scale and connect creative companies, providing essential business skills and mentoring focused on company growth and investment. CEA accelerates companies with a focus on design, fashion, entertainment, photography, music, film and television, digital technology, games and interactive content. Since 2008, CEA has established more than 50 startups, engaged with 4000 entrepreneurs, supported over 500 creative industries businesses on site and raised over $60 million in capital.

The 2017 accelerator program will run for six months, an extension from the previous five-month program, with a view to help early-stage fashion startups accelerate their business. Industry experts from across the business, startup and fashion space will provide intense business coaching and weekly workshops covering e-commerce options, business modelling, finances and the creation of branded digital content.

QUT Creative Enterprise Accelerator program for Australian Fashion Entrepreneurs

Some of the industry leaders on board to deliver mentoring during the 2017 program include: Australian Fashion Chamber’s Courtney Miller; fashion designer Lydia Pearson; Blurb Consulting’s Ian Perkins; The Australian Fashion Council Director Michel Abeysekera; The Fashion Darling’s Vanja Stace; and CEA Fashion Development Manager Thuy Nguyen.

To date, the CEA Fashion Accelerator has helped successful designers including Arkie, Gail Sorronda, SOOT, Monica Tovar and Christie Millinery. Graduates of the 2016 program pitched their business models and collections to a prestigious panel that included Global Retail Advisor and former David Jones Limited CEO and Managing Director Paul Zahra, and Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann.

Ms Nguyen added: “The CEA Fashion Accelerator is not to be confused with a fashion design course. We are here to support designers who are already at the early-stage startup stage by providing them with access to industry leaders, in-house workspaces and industry equipment that will provide them with the best footing to scale out their business from both a design and business perspective.”

To apply for the 2017 Fashion Accelerator program, register your interest at qutcea.com/fashion-accelerator. Applications close on 16 January.

View a summary of the 2016 Fashion Accelerator program here: https://youtu.be/jRRpzRm3LRM

Find out more about QUT Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA).

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