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Applications are Open for Factory45: An Accelerator Program for Sustainable Fashion Startups


If you’re longing to get into the ethical and sustainable fashion industry, but lack the means, now is your opportunity to get the advice and help you need.

Factory45 is an accelerator program that takes sustainable apparel companies from idea to launch. Entrepreneurs are given the tools to source fabric, find a manufacturer, and raise money to fund production.

The four-month accelerator program is run by Shannon Whitehead, a sustainable fashion advocate and former co-founder of {r}evolution apparel. The program, which has an emphasis on ethics, sustainability, and U.S. manufacturing, runs from March 30 through July 31, 2015. With five online modules and bi-weekly group calls, your progress is self-paced – so it’s manageable whether you have a full-time job, or you’re building your company full time.

The application period runs from February 16 to March 2, 2015. You can apply here.

Shannon Whitehead, founder of Factory 45
Shannon Whitehead, founder of Factory 45

The Ideal Factory 45 Applicant:

  • Has an idea for a sewn-manufactured product or products.
  • Has not completed pre-production steps, such as finding fabric/materials, getting a final sample made or a production-ready pattern.
  • Has not raised capital.
  • Does not have prior experience in apparel manufacturing.

“I’m now fully production ready, have a beautiful new website, a crystal clear brand identity, a Kickstarter campaign launching this spring and an eternal source of support, friendship and love. I know for certain that I would not have gotten to this point without Factory45. If you want to build a product / company / entrepreneurial lifestyle and feel like Factory45 may benefit you — it will.” — Jesse Syswerda, founder of Eenvoud

Who knows? Maybe one day you’ll be featured on Ecocult!


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