Alumni Share the Benefits of Design Entrepreneurs NYC


Layla L’obatti, Nzinga Knight, Jes Wade, Ayaka Nishi

We’ve heard many success stories from designers coming out of the program over the past two years. Here are a few testimonials from our alumni on how Design Entrepreneurs NYC impacted their business:

“DENYC gave us the deadlines and framework to update our business plan to reflect our business’ growth and path going forward. It gave us access to some really great resources that allowed us to understand our customer and focus in on what we offered them and what we could improve.” – Layla L’obatti, Between the Sheets

“DENYC opened my eyes up to many things and I learned so much about business. I’m more confident about doing business and selling. I was uncomfortable with selling my own product, pitching to stores and doing trunk shows etc…and now I love it. I realized that selling is and interacting with customers is important. Doing events has become a part of my business and my marketing strategy. I also learn more about my collection, what people want and what I should design more of.” –Nzinga Knight

“I approach my design and my business from a hands-on and in-depth perspective. The lectures and mentoring at DENYC refined my working business plan and each year the network of professionals grows and provides new opportunities. My research and studies at DENYC gave me confidence to expand upon a vertical concept where every step of the business, from design to manufacturing and retail, occurs in the Jes Wade Atelier located in TriBeCa.” –Jes Wade

“After participating in the DENYC holiday pop-up shop, I saw that these events worked for my business so I started to seek out more of these opportunities.” –Ayaka Nishi

Learn more about the program at Design Entrepreneurs NYC. 

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