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Experiential learning to drive

sustainability and growth

Evo Fashion is a five-month experiential programme for emerging brands and fashion technology businesses. It will take a holistic approach to business strategy, focusing on supply chain sustainability, ethical working standards, channels to market, and investment readiness. 

Designed to fit alongside work commitments, activities will include an initial two-day intensive, masterclasses, and peer-to-peer learning culminating in an industry showcase.

Evo Fashion is delivered by Fashion District and Evo Learning


Programme Overview

Evo Fashion is delivered by experts and will be held over five IRL workshop sessions across a period of four months, and supported with online peer-to-peer sessions covering the following subjects:

  • Environmental and Social Governance
  • Exploring New Business Models
  • Sustainable Growth and Investment
  • Founder Wellbeing, Leadership and Impactful Teams

Expert coaches and guest speakers include;

  • Sustainability champion and luxury expert Vanessa Podmore, Founder, Podmore Consultancy
  • People coach and Evo Learning’s coach-in-residence Tom Farrand, Founder, Human Energy Co

Timeline

MARCH

  • 1-2 March: Launchpad Kick-off Weekend (IRL)
  • 19 March: Monthly workshop (IRL)
  • March: Expert 1:1 on Product and Peer-to-Peer session (Online)

APRIL

  • 16 April: Monthly workshop (IRL)
  • April: Expert 1:1 on Business Strategy and Peer-to-Peer session (Online)

MAY

  • 14 May: Monthly workshop (IRL) 
  • May: Expert 1:1 on Team and Leadership and Peer-to-Peer session (Online)

JUNE

  • 4 June: Monthly workshop (IRL)
  • 12-14 June: Photoshoot (IRL)

JULY

  • 3 July: Cohort Showcase at Manufacturing Futures Awards evening (IRL)

These are the provisional dates for our first cohort, which is targeted at emerging designers and fashion brands, and may be subject to changes. Dates for the second cohort that is targeted at fashion technology businesses will be shared in January 2024.

Workshops will be held in person at The Trampery Fish Island Village, 13 Rookwood Way, E3 2XT.


Who is Evo Fashion for?

We’re looking for growing fashion brands with skills and experience who are embracing social and environmental impact and are supportive of inclusivity and diversity.

To be eligible to join this fully-funded programme, by the time of application businesses must be:

*If you meet all the criteria other than the number of people employed in your business, and you feel you have a strong application for the programme, please contact us.

Applications for cohort #1 closed at midnight on 18 January 2024

Successful participants will be officially notified at the beginning of February and the programme’s full cohort will be announced in mid-February.

Applications for cohort #2 will open in April

We will be encouraging applications from eligible fashion technology businesses for our second cohort, starting at the end of July.

We are committed to diversity and inclusion and strongly encourage applications from founders that are disabled, women, black, POC, LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented communities.

When applications open for cohort #2, the application form will be online. If you have any difficulties accessing the form or have additional accessibility needs, please contact our team directly via the button below so we can help support you in the process.

Criteria

Applications will be scored on four main criteria:

  • Designer / Business Profile – recognition, skills and experience.
  • Growth Potential – number of stockists/brand partnerships, new business model/solution, turnover, investment track record, ambition, expertise and team.
  • Positive Social & Environmental Impact – social and environmental mission, innovative product.
  • Inclusion & Diversity – supportive of inclusivity and diversity throughout the business.

Selection Panel

Applicants will be selected by a leading panel of industry experts including:

Bianca Saunders

Founder, Creative Director and Designer
Bianca Saunders

Vanessa Podmore

Founder
Podmore Consulting

Yvie Hutton

Director of Designer Relations & Membership
British Fashion Council

Helen Lax

Director
Fashion District

Charles Armstrong

Founder and CEO
Evo Learning and The Trampery


FAQs

Evo Fashion will have 5 x in-person workshop sessions including a two-day launch weekend and four monthly workshops between March and June (one-day sessions); 3 x one-to-one business advice sessions (approximately one hour); 4 x peer-to-peer workshops (approximately one hour).

Unless otherwise specified, all monthly workshops will be held in person at The Trampery Fish Island Village, 13 Rookwood Way, E3 2XT. Typically expert mentoring and peer-to-peer workshops will be held online.

It’s important that you’re able to attend all of these sessions in person in order to complete the programme as there will not be the option to attend virtually.

The mandatory eligibility requirements are:

*If you meet all the criteria other than the number of people employed in your business, and you feel you have a strong application for the programme, please contact us.

If you don’t meet the essential requirements listed above, this programme may not be suitable for you just yet but sign up to our mailing list to be alerted for future programmes and events.


PARTNERS



Fashion District

Fashion District is a hub for fashion innovation in east London connecting fashion, technology, business and education to provide innovation networks, affordable space, business support and investment.

Find out more www.fashion-district.co.uk



Evo Learning

Evo Learning is a specialist in high-impact training for startups and enterprises. Courses are presented by leading subject experts, with innovative experiential learning workshops to generate insight and embed learning. Evo Learning is the learning business from The Trampery, London’s leading purpose-led workspace provider.

Find out more evolearning.co



Grow London Early Stage

Grow London Early Stage is London & Partners business support programme for early-stage growth companies active in high-growth sectors that support sustainable and inclusive growth in London. The programme is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Find out more grow.london/early-stage.


Contact Us

Any questions about the programme or how to apply? Drop us an email.