It's so hard to believe we are already in October! I've been a little off the map because I'm excited to share with you that I was accepted into a fashion tech accelerator program this summer!
The program is called GRID110 and it is an accelerator in partnership with LA Mayor Garcetti designed to help early stage fashion tech startups while activating the DTLA startup ecosystem. I'm SO HAPPY to be in this program and am one of the 5 companies chosen to be in the 2016 cohort! I am especially grateful to be given this chance because as a solo entrepreneur, my chances of success are a bit tougher (you learn fast why having a partner and team is crucial). But they ended up choosing me to participate even though I'm not quite as far along as the other companies!
As a part of the program, I receive free office space in DTLA (for 6 months) along with in-house mentors, lunch & learns with various business/startup experts, and dinners with each of our advisors. I am halfway through the program and will present my progress to the board at the end of January 2017. I've already learned a TON so far (even things that don't relate to my business such as what ACTUALLY goes in to raising from VCs) through our weekly meetings where each company shares their progress and current challenges in their business, so we can all learn and help each other. :)
Here is a little visual tour of my office and accelerator:
And of course the kitchen:
I have a couple more things I'm looking forward to sharing with all of you! Stay tuned and thanks for always following along on my journey! You guys help make me feel like I am not alone in these endeavors! :)