That's exactly what the Standard Bank "Business of Fashion Accelerator" program aims to do. With their initiative they want to give fashion entrepreneurs the opportunity to experience the business (perhaps less glamorous) side of the industry.
Partnered with Catalico in Milan (did someone say fashion capital!) the program provides 2 classes a week for 12 weeks in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Along with these classes participants will also get the opportunity to travel across the country to gain first hand experience under the guidance of some of South Africa's most influential fashion personalities.
That alone sounds like an opportunity that will change your life forever but that's not where it ends. The winner will be going on an all expenses paid trip to Europe getting a front row seat in meetings with retailers, wholesale buyers and attending tradeshows. That prize also incudes a car from Meredes Benz , a 12 month brand ambassadorship as well as a Standard Bank SME starter pack. I can only imagine how valuable the knowledge that you will gain from this trip will prove to be and how it will alter the way you run your business.
Some important details you need to know...
* Applications have been open since 11 September and will close on the 11th October 2017.
*Boot camps will run from 16th - 19th October
-Monday 16th : Johannesburg
-Tuesday 17th: Durban
-Wednesday 18th : Port Elizabeth
-Thursday 19th : Cape Town
* At the end of these 12 weeks the participants will have to present their work to an established body of judges.
For more information you can check out the official website
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