Front Row I/O

London’s Fashion and Technology Accelerator

Front Row supports fashion and technology entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Our mission is to build the capabilities of new enterprises that bridge the gap between the fashion and technology industries.

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Get Financed Through the Front Row BBE Programme

Through Front Row BBE, we provide businesses with a clear direction for attracting investment. We kick off with a full day workshop on September 26th covering the gamut of investments available, valuations, customer acquisition strategies, content marketing, funding stories, legal pointers, and much more. Businesses are matched to an experienced mentor and then supported with a further 8 weeks of one-on-one mentoring.

What we do

Front Row is the UK’s first fashion and technology accelerator programme.

Through our accelerator, we provide London businesses with the foundations for growth. Drawing from an unparalleled fashion history and leading partnership network, the 3-month programme is the only one of its kind. Selected startups benefit from media exposure, creative workspace, first class mentorship, and access to finance.

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Helping startups get financed through our Building Brand Equity (BBE) Programme

Through our BBE programme, we provide businesses with a clear direction for attracting investment. We kick off with a full day workshop on September 26th covering the gamut of investments available, valuations, customer acquisition strategies, content marketing, funding stories, legal pointers, and much more. Businesses are matched to an experienced mentor and then supported with a further 8 weeks of one-on-one mentoring.

Aligning with the Centre for Fashion Enterprise BBE, the Front Row BBE programme culminates in a showcase reception for the investment community on December 3rd. Applications are now open until the 12th of September. Apply now by clicking here

How Front Row can support you, and what you can expect as a selected startup.

Why Front Row is unique

With our partnerships in the fashion and tech community, we provide vertical specific expertise. We help guide startups to innovate within the fashion industry, enabling them to build capacity and grow.

Programme features

Weekly meetings, lessons, activities, founder lunches, 1:1 mentoring, and open events. Startups are matched with a mentor who has the best strategic fit. We schedule sessions based on a startup’s needs and evaluate them on a monthly basis. We also hold Founder Connect meets where our startups pay a visit to exciting high growth companies to see what makes them tick.

What we ask of startups

We take no equity. We do require your full commitment to our bi-weekly classes over the 3-month programme. With our intensive but flexible cycle of Learning by Doing, we ensure you get the most out of our expert mentorship and in the right bursts.

What we provide

We provide high quality mentorship from Fashion and Tech industry insiders, entry to all our public events, creative workspace, and access to finance.

Get a little flavour of some of our mentors and experts comprised of rockstars of the fashion, technology, and business worlds.

Jonathan Chippindale, CEO, Holition Chris Morton, Co-founder, Lyst Nina Faulhaber, Associate, Index Ventures Bill Sermon Partner, Viadynamics
Rajdeep Gahir, Innovation & New Ventures, Ebay Robin Wong Director, Weir & Wong Richard Craig, Managing Director, Margaret Howell Itxaso del-Palacio Investment Analyst, EC1 Capital
Tak Lo
Director, Tech Stars
Tony Glenville
Creative Director, London College of Fashion
John Hoffman
Partner, True Capital
Ari Helgason
VC, Dawn Capital
Omar Malik
Entrepreneur & Technologist
Vassilios Alexiou
Experience Design Director, DARE
Amrita Kriplani
Senior Product Manager, ASOS
Timothy Pitts
Partner, Springwise.com
Nancy Tilbury
Founder, Studio XO
Lee-Jon Ball
CTO, Alliants
Courtney Boyd Myers
Founder, Audience.co
Sarah McVittie
Co-founder, Dressipi
Dean Johnson
SVP of Creative Innovaiton, Brandwidth Group
Kiyan Foroughi
Co-founder, Bottica.com
Jun Seki
Co-founder, Poq Studio
Sam Reid
Partner, The Upside

Startups

Discover if Front Row could be the right fit for your business.

Fashion Tech?

The world of fashion is changing rapidly. It’s an exciting time as the way fashion is created, communicated, and consumed is ripe for innovation. From wearables to 3-d printing, content creation to social shopping - Front Row is designed to match you with the right support for an evolving fashion vertical.

What topics will be covered?

Geared to fit the fast-paced nature of the programme, our experts will cover a rich breadth of topics including: business models, customer acquisition, fundraising, product development, branding, trend forecasting, PR and marketing, sales, and pitching.

Should you apply?

If you are an existing startup looking for that extra support and mentorship then Front Row could be right for you. We will be evaluating your product or service based on it’s current and potential value to customers, examining your team and previous track record, and determining whether our fashion-tech specific mentoring is a good strategic fit for your business.

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I/O Events

Our events, gatherings, and hackathons aim to mix and match talent from the fashion and technology space, help cultivate new connections, and spark innovation. Keep up to date by signing up for our News below.

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