WHO WE ARE

The Fashion Zone at Ryerson University is Canada’s newest incubator and accelerator for fashion inspired businesses.

Working with entrepreneurs in fashion innovation, we are focused on helping and launching Canadian startups.

Partnering with the Digital Media Zone, we provide space, equipment and valuable business advisory to help grow groundbreaking fashion startups.

Our mission:

  • Create the next generation of fashion entrepreneurs
  • Provide scholarships and funding opportunities to ignite innovation
  • Assist in research, development and commercialization
  • Create interdisciplinary collaborative culture where participants can apply their academic knowledge and gain hands-on experience

BECOME A MEMBER

Get your own

Space

Participants receive office space with desks and chairs as well as access to communal space and computers with full Adobe Creative Suite as well as meeting rooms, kitchens, AV and landlines.
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Equipment

We offer variety of equipment to accommodate in your fashion prototyping needs.
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Mentoring

All companies have an access to the pool of experts and advisors from the entrepreneurship and fashion industries.
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Consulting

We make sure we connect the companies to the right people to get a consultation on current needs.
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Apply online

Apply online using our simple application form. You can apply as a Company, Apprentice or Associate. We accept companies regardless of their current stage. We encourage everyone to apply whether or not you are a Ryerson student or alumni. All are welcome.

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Applications review

We review applications every two weeks. Please, stay connected – we will email you once we have reviewed your application.

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Interview

The panel of jury selects best candidates and invites for the interview where you will have a chance to pitch your idea and let us learn who you are.

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FZ Tour

The candidates meet Fashion Zone staff and are introduced to the Fashion Zone facilities and amenities. You will asked to provide the full information on your team to make sure that everyone can access the FZ resources. After that your desk is ready for you!

EXAMPLES OF BUSINESSES WE ACCEPT

  • Women’s wear
  • Men’s wear
  • Wearable tech
  • Mobile apps
  • Fashion buying
  • Visual arts
  • Functional apparel (Sport, Medical, etc)
  • Children’s wear
  • E-commerce
  • Textile innovations
  • Magazine
  • Accessories

OUR PARTNERS

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APPLY

There are many ways to join the Fashion Zone! Whether you have a business idea, Interest in fashion innovation or creative skills, we are looking for YOU, so apply now!



Company

Apply as a company
  • A Business plan, and product or prototype.
  • Complete the Online Application Form
  • General Term: 12 months in the Fashion Zone
Apply

Associate

Apply as an associate
  • No business plan but a great fashion business idea! Develop your own business while working for a great company in the Zone
  • Complete the Online Application Form
  • General Term: 6 months in the Fashion Zone
Apply

Apprentice

Apply as an apprentice
  • Want to learn how to build a business. Learn and apply key skills you have & develop in the Zone, in your Ryerson Career
  • Complete the Online Application Form
  • General Term: 6 months in the Fashion Zone
Apply
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