Design Entrepreneurs NYC, a free, intensive “mini-MBA” program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is seeking emerging designers with their own label to apply. The deadline is March 31.

DENYC gives New York City-based designers access to leading industry executives, guidance to develop a formal business plan and skills to run and expand their fashion label. Prize money is also awarded to designers who submit the top plans.

Emerging designers in women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear, intimate apparel, accessories and jewelry whose business is based in one of the five boroughs and have been in business for at least one year are eligible to apply. An application form and additional information is available at

DENYC was created in 2011 through a partnership between FIT and the New York City Economic Development Corp., which is the consulting partner. G-III Apparel Group is the program’s lead industry partner.

There are three intensive weekends of instruction (June 4 to June 18), with classes in fashion business marketing, operations and financial management. Throughout the remainder of the summer, designers will work with industry mentors to complete business plans, build skills and attend meetings with fashion figures. The business plan presentations and announcement of the winners will be held Oct. 6.


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