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.
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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Through our BBE programme, we provide businesses with a clear path for attracting investment. Kicking off with a full day workshop, businesses are then supported through 2-months of 1:1 mentoring on a needs basis. Aligning with the Centre for Fashion Enterprise, the programme culminates in a showcase reception for the investment community. Applications are now open until the 5th of September here
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.
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.
|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|
Director, Tech Stars
Creative Director, London College of Fashion
Partner, True Capital
VC, Dawn Capital
Entrepreneur & Technologist
Experience Design Director, DARE
Senior Product Manager, ASOS
Founder, Studio XO
|Courtney Boyd Myers
SVP of Creative Innovaiton, Brandwidth Group
Co-founder, Poq Studio
Partner, The Upside
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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