The African Development Bank’s Fashionomics Africa call for proposals is seeking for African fashion, textile, apparel, and accessories entrepreneurs and businesses to apply and benefit from the Fashionomics Africa incubator and accelerator programs.
The programs will run for 8-weeks each and the content will be available in English, French, Arabic, and Portuguese. Through a competitive process, the top fashion entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their business ideas at the online Fashionomics Africa pitching days competitions. The programs will culminate to 12 selected finalists each from the incubator and accelerator programs vying for the top 4 prizes for 20,000 USD each to scale up their operations.
Fashionomics Africa is an initiative of the African Development Bank that aims at increasing Africa’s participation in the global textile, apparel, and accessories value chains. The objective is to support the growth of micro-small and medium-sized enterprises that dominate this industry, equipping them with the necessary business skills, financial acumen, access to markets, market intelligence, and financing opportunities to scale up their businesses in an increasingly digitalized economy.
The initiative is launching the online Fashionomics Africa incubator and accelerator programs to build sustainable business models and access financing opportunities. The curriculum and content will be structured in separated incubator and accelerator programs, focused on improving the marketability of early stage (incubator) and growth-oriented start-ups (accelerator) to financiers through an emphasis on strengthening business and financial models, investment readiness, branding, marketing, digitization, sustainability and circular economy actions applied to the industry, and outlining preparations for the capital raising process through detailed coursework on entrepreneurial finance.