OPEN FOR INNOVATION

Are you working on a product or system that could have a major impact on the Fashion and Retail industry? Could your idea disrupt or just improve life for the companies in these sectors?

Then the Fashion Innovation Award is for you.

The FIA is a call to innovation. Successful applicants will get face time with leading investors (both venture capital and private equity), incredible visibility at international events, meetings with top brands who are looking for new solutions and, also, a package of support and mentoring worth thousands of dollars.

We’re looking for young technology and digital companies and start-ups with a turnover of between 100k EUR and 10m EUR. If you fit the description and have an innovative solution for the world of Fashion and Retail

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Award Timeline

OCTOBER 2017

Call for innovators

It starts here now. We’re calling for start-ups and innovators to submit their ideas to revolutionize the fashion and retail industries. We will also be scouting for ideas throughout the period until 15 start-ups go on the shortlist.

16 NOVEMBER 2017

Waystage Bootcamp

A selection of the best applicants (if selected by November 10th) will be given the chance to pitch, network and gain visibility at the hugely popular Swiss e-Commerce Conference in Baden (Zurich)

25/26 MARCH 2018

Digital fashion event

The best of the best will have the chance to pitch their ideas to investors and fashion brands at a dedicated event on March 25th and then at the 'Fashion meets e-Commerce' event in Lugano on March 26th 2018.

MAY 2018 AND BEYOND

Mentoring to scale

The winners of the challenge will receive exceptional support to grow, including but not limited to:

  • Meetings with c-level executives of named fashion brands and retailers
  • A support package of coaching and mentoring from Loomish
  • Meetings with c-level executives investors
  • Visibility at several top industry events among the 12 organizing by netcomm Suisse
  • Services and software packages for start-ups from our Digital partners (for example Microsoft, Keros)

Focus Areas

We are focusing on young and dynamic companies, that are currently preparing to scale, but we will also consider blue-sky concepts with (just) a great business plan.
We are especially interested in fashion and retail-orientated digital projects.

  • RETAIL INNOVATION
  • CUSTOMER CARE/AFTER SALES
  • CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
  • SUPPLY CHAIN/LOGISTICS
  • BIG DATA & ANALYTICS
  • PAYMENT SOLUTIONS & FRAUD MANAGEMENT
  • CRM
  • SUSTAINABILITY, etc.

Who are Loomish

From seed to scale, Loomish provides digital investment consultancy services specifically within the fashion and retail industry. From advising on mergers and acquisitions within the ecosystem to creating opportunities for creative start-ups, Loomish brings together fashion and retail innovation.

What's the challenge?

The world of retail is changing rapidly and many brands find themselves struggling to keep up. e-Commerce&omnichannel evolution, new millenial expert customers, new technologies, processes and products are just a few of the revolutions that Fashion brands have had to adapt to in recent years. This is both a challenge and an opportunity. For every start up with a fantastic idea to create a better retail experience there is a brand crying out for a solution. But start-ups need support to make their offer viable. Enter the Fashion Innovation Award led by loomish.

THE FASHION INNOVATION AWARD is the Call to Innovation for all innovators&startups involved in studying and designing intelligent solutions to problems that manifest themselves within the fashion and retail industries. The aim of our call to innovation is to select those fashion technology solutions which offer the very best business opportunities, the solutions which will disrupt the fashion and retail industries and make an indelible mark, and those solutions which are ready to scale internationally through a powerful mix of investment, coaching and mentoring.

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