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RETAIL FUTURES: Fashion District Innovation Challenge 2019

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Workable, Level 19

1 Westfield Avenue

Stratford

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E20 1HZ

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Calling all businesses trying to transform retail as we know it!

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

The Fashion District, in collaboration with the Fashion Innovation Agency, is pleased to announce that “Retail Futures” will be theme of this year’s Fashion District Innovation Challenge Prize.

The annual Fashion District Innovation Challenge Prize is designed to find solutions to current industry issues, giving start-ups & SME’s the chance to win cash prizes and industry’s next big innovation to a panel of leading industry experts.

Sponsored by Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, this year's challenge welcomes applications from fashion and retail tech start-ups and SMEs who believe that their business has the potential to revolutionise any part of the retail supply chain and change the way we shop in the future. These could include robotics and automation, artificial intelligence solutions, internet-of-things, augmented/virtual reality, technologies that converge digital and physical shopping or enhance customer experience.

Applications open 30th July, closing on 30th September 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a one-day event on Tuesday, 22nd October 2019 where industry professionals will act as ‘critical friends’ to support and challenge their proposition, and provide constructive feedback. The challenge culminates in a pitch event to a panel of industry experts on the evening of Tuesday, 5th November.

ABOUT THE EVENT

We invite you to join us at a launch event on 30th July, 2019, 6.00 – 8.30pm at Workable, International Quarter London’s new workspace located on the 19th floor of their new development, offering panoramic views of Stratford.

Be the first to find about the challenge and how you can win a £15,000 cash prize, business advice, and pitch to retailers Farfetch, John Lewis & Partners, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield and investment firm True.

During the evening, you will also get the opportunity to learn about other exciting opportunities happening across the Fashion District. Supported by the Mayor of London, the London Fashion Fund the will be offering investments of £30,000 - £90,000 to scale the businesses of London’s emerging fashion talent.

You will be able to find out how to apply for a new eight month bespoke mentoring support programme through DeFINE (Defining a Fashion-Innovation Network for Europe). Starting in September 2019 the mentoring programme, will help your business develop a new prototype or proof of concept and explore the route to market.

AGENDA

6pm: Arrivals

6.30pm: Welcome

6.35pm: Keynote: The Future of Retail-Tech, and Q&A

6.50pm: The Challenge Overview

7.00: The Challenge Q&A, and Meet the Judges

7.15: Opportunities within the Fashion District:

- Investment with the London Fashion Fund, London Fashion Fund

- Mentoring with the DeFINE Project, London College of Fashion, UAL

7.35: Networking

8.30: Close

Please remember to RSVP and contact hello@fashion-district.co.uk for more information.

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