Mettā Nairobi, in partnership with HIVOS East Africa, is set to bring five fashion startups to Nairobi for its third boot-camp programme – Fashion Product Lab 3.0. Selected from 300 applications all over the country, the 5 startups will kick off the programme in August.
Fashion Product Lab 3.0 is an 8-week intensive program helping entrepreneurs in the fashion industry launch their brands into local & international markets and develop new & diverse product lines.
As part of the programme, the 2019 cohort will have the opportunity to engage with high-profile speakers, experts, mentors, and a global network of support throughout the program as well as access to the Mettā space in Nairobi and the global Mettā community.
“Under the concept of ‘Inspiring Change – Unleash the Potential’, Mettā will provide an intensive bootcamp program to the fashion designers using our expertise in the local business environment and financial services. This will help them to unleash their full potential and turn innovative ideas into practical solutions.” – Maurice Otieno, General Manager, Mettā Nairobi
The Fashion Product Lab 3.0 will conclude in a one-of-a-kind Fashion Runway in September 2019, where entrepreneurs will pitch their companies and showcase their collections for funding and partnerships.
The designers accepted into the program were selected after a rigorous multi-phase selection process which focused on the viability of their fashion businesses, creative designs & portfolio, and their potential to scale across the continent and globally.