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The New York Fashion Tech Lab (NYFTL) is a community-driven, relationship-building, collaboration, and business development platform. The nonprofit program was co-founded by Springboard Enterprises and key fashion retailers to support women-led companies that have developed innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail and technology.

The deadline to apply for NYFTL’s 2021 program is this Sunday, Jan. 31. You can do so here.

The NYFTL program takes place March-June. Through a competitive process where the Fashion and Retail Partners, Advisors, Springboard Enterprises, and the Lab team members review every submission, six to 10 women-led companies are selected to enter the program. The criteria for inclusion is that the company is women-led, business-to-business, early to growth stage, and in the fashion/tech space. Program participants receive:

  • Mentorship and collaboration with participating fashion retailers, venture capitalists, and the Lab’s Expert Network.
  • Access to senior leaders at  fashion retailers for product feedback and potential deployment of proofs of concept.

Each selected company will participate in:

  • Meetings with senior business executives, investors and experienced entrepreneurs.
  • Workshops and panel discussions on issues relevant to fashion technology companies, such as data optimization, proofs of concept, technology architecture and scalability, privacy, security, and broader industry trends.

The program concludes with each founder presenting to fashion and retail executives, investors, and media representatives at NYFTL’s Tech Runway Demo Day. If this sounds like a great opportunity for your startup business, make sure to apply before Sunday’s deadline.