Created by the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), Design Entrepreneurs NYC is a targeted effort to support emerging talent in order to grow the City as a hub of fashion design.

Design Entrepreneurs NYC is one of six initiatives resulting from Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Fashion.NYC.2020 program to sustain and grow the fashion industry in New York City. The industry chairs for Fashion.NYC.2020 are Richard Darling, CEO of LF USA; Diane von Furstenberg, Chairman and Founder, Diane von Furstenberg Studio L.P., and President, Council of Fashion Designers of America; Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc.; Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory; and Kevin Ryan, CEO of Gilt Groupe.

Learn more about the Fashion.NYC.2020 program at www.nycedc.com/fashion.


New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth. The Center for Economic Transformation (CET) at NYCEDC aims to develop the City’s major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs.

Learn more about NYCEDC at www.nycedc.com.

Fashion Institute of Technology

The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for nearly 70 years. Providing students with a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today’s rapidly changing industries. FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn.

The campus encompasses an entire city block, and serves more than 10,000 students. FIT offers more than 40 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Many of FIT’s students come from the professional sector to advance their careers through programs in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Offerings include a wide variety of courses, professional certificate programs, and several evening/weekend degree options.

The Enterprise Center at FIT has for more than 20 years provided designers with the business training they need to meet the enormous challenges of entrepreneurship. Developed to help maximize New York City’s creative assets for economic growth and job creation, programs include such courses as Starting a Small Business, Artist in the Marketplace, The Business of Illustration, Creative Enterprise Ownership, Tools of the Trade, and Sustainable Design Entrepreneurs.

Learn more about The Enterprise Center.

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