Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan is an accelerator program to support fashion entrepreneurs and their startups through training, mentoring and investment.
In three years from 2019 to 2022, this initiative that has already captured the interest of prestigious brand partners will accelerate 30 innovative startups shaping the present and the future of the fashion sector, following the proven format that Startupbootcamp has been operating for 10 years all around the world.
Every year more 500 applications are expected for the FashionTech program, from which the best 10 teams will be selected after a rigorous selection process in the world tech and fashion hubs. The chosen startups will be hosted in Milan for a 13-weeks bootcamp that will grow them exponentially thanks to a broad network of corporate partners, mentors and investors.
The mission of Startupbootcamp FashionTech is to respond to the challenges of the sector, and of the program partners in particular, identifying new business models and new technologies – Artificial Intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things, blockchain, mixed reality – that can transform the entire value chain from product development to operations, marketing and sales, with a focus on sustainability.
Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan consists of a 3-month accelerator program, where up to 10 carefully selected startups will collaborate with 150+ mentors, partners and investors to build world-class products, services and business. Their ultimate goal is to become industry-leading FashionTech companies of the future. At the end of the program, all startups will pitch their innovative ideas in front of hundreds of investors, partners and mentors on a grand finale called Demo Day.
The accelerator program is industry focused, which means that applicants should based their ideas on one of the following areas: Sustainable fabric and garment production; Smart Materials; Digitally driven manufacturing; techniques; Wearables; Supply chain transparency & traceability; Retailtech and Commerce; Customer experience and engagement; Recycling and waste management and circularity.
Selected candidates will enjoy the following benefits from the accelerator program:
3-Month Program: An intense 3-month program designed to support entrepreneurs scale their industry-changing technology businesses
Corporate Partners: Connections to the leading corporates in your industry for pilot projects, partnership opportunities, and as customers
Tailored Mentorship: Over 100 carefully selected local mentors from the FashionTech industry who provide hands-on support and valuable introductions
Living Expenses: €15K in cash per team to cover living expenses during the program
Alumni Growth Program: Continued post-program support far after the 3-month program through annual alumni-only events, deals, and tailored introductions
Investor Access: Meet most active VCs and Angel investors in your industry from around the world
Masterclasses: Expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals – from business model canvas, a lean methodology to fundraising
Global Network: Unmatched access to a global network of mentors, corporate partners, industry experts, and alumni across 40+ countries
Coworking Space: Free desks for your entire team in a dynamic co-working space for the duration of the 3-month program
Perks & Discounts: More than €150K+ in exclusive partner deals from leading technology providers such as Amazon, HubSpot, SendGrid, and others
Industry Events: Exclusive opportunities to take part in leading FashionTech and startup conferences and event
Demo Day: A day to celebrate your achievements during the program with 400+ investors, corporates, mentors and press attendees
Some of the biggest companies in fashion have partnered with Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan to help promote the accelerator and provide assistance to candidates. These are the likes of Prada, Stone Island, Coin, Fondazione Industrie Cotone e Lino, Reda, Canclini, Tollegno 1900, eurojersey, Unilever, Taiana, Rajo, Accenture, Pwc, Dedagroup Stealth, Sopra Steria and Withersworldwide.
Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan run an International FastTrack Tour where ambitious entrepreneurs from all over the world will have the chance to meet Startupbootcamp FashionTech Milan CEO Alceo Rapagna and the Managing Directors Nazzareno Mengoni and Stefano Galassi. This tour includes some of the most vibrant startup cities, like Amsterdam, London, New York, Berlin, Paris, Tel Aviv, Lisbon, Shanghai, and so on.
In all these cities, Startupbootcamp will host a FastTrack event where local startups will be able to present their idea, receive one-on-one feedback, learn about the program, and network with fellow entrepreneurs from the local ecosystems.
Likewise, if travelling is not an option, the startups can also join one of the online events called Startupbootcamp Connect.