Evo Fashion launches its second cohort with a focus on technology businesses.

Applications are now open for a fully-funded training programme with industry experts, including tech entrepreneur Tom Adeyoola, and Brooke Roberts-Islam from Techstyler. Emerging fashion brands will benefit from monthly workshops, mentoring and peer-to-peer networks worth over £2,500 per participating business.

Fashion District and Evo Learning have announced the second iteration of their fashion and technology innovation programme, Evo Fashion. Expanding from its design-focused program, which was launched in December 2023, the second cohort aims to discover and support emerging brands and innovators who are using technology to change the fashion industry for the better.

With a chance to receive valuable insights, attend workshops worth over £2,500, and network with some of the leading figures in the fash-tech industry, the five-month program is backed by the Mayor of London and funded by London & Partners. The program is designed to support start-ups and small businesses to break through issues such as difficulty to integrate sustainable business models, access to early-stage financing, and gain traction with global players.

Joining the team of industry experts for the second cohort the judging panel are Tom Adeyoola, technology entrepreneur as well as Founder of Metail; Brooke Roberts-Islam, Founder of Techstyler; Helen Lax, Director of Fashion District; Lisa Chatterton, Business Manager at Fashion Innovation Agency; and Charles Armstrong, Founder and CEO of Evo Learning and The Trampery.

Helen Lax, Director at Fashion District, said:

“I am very excited to launch the call-out for applications to Evo Fashion, a new business programme for fash-tech businesses. Many women-led start-ups have great business ideas to affect a more sustainable fashion industry. With only 2% of investor funds enabling their progress it is all important to support their development and I encourage them to grasp the opportunity and apply.”

Tom Adeyoola, technology entrepreneur and judge in Evo Fashion second cohort, commented:

London is not only a centre of exceptional fashion design talent with a rich history for dictating global trends, but it is also consistently Europe’s best hub for tech startups. The Evo Fashion programme beautifully collides two of our core strengths to hopefully enable true magic to emerge. I’m looking forward to seeing the calibre of cohort 2 entries and their potential to change the world of fashion for the better.”

The recent launch event at The Trampery featured thought-provoking talks on how tech can develop more sustainable solutions for the fashion industry. This included a conversation between digital fashion artist Stephy Fung and Muchaneta Ten Napel, Founder of Shape Innovate and FashNerd.com, on the opportunities and challenges of creating both physical and digital products. Shana Chu, CEO and Founder of Tailr also took the stage with an AI solution for manufacturing that tackles fit and sizing to reduce waste.

Applications are now open for the second programme running from July to December 2024, with entries closing at midnight on Monday 3 June 2024. The successful cohort will be officially announced in July. Eligible participants will be selected based on four main criteria: their business profile, growth potential, positive social and environmental impact, and support of inclusivity and diversity.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this crucial conversation. Further details on how to apply, and how your business can become part of the Second Cohort of Evo Fashion can be found here.