AFROPUNK is partnering with Shopify to bring you the Black Fashion Accelerator—a catalyst for Black creative potential and expression.

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This program seeks to find, develop, and platform exceptional Black founders in the fashion industry, investing in their success at every step of your entrepreneurial journey. Through our application process, the AFROPUNK & Shopify Black Fashion Accelerator will source nine (9) trailblazing fashion entrepreneurs from the AFROPUNK community to take advantage of this meaningful growth and mentorship opportunity.

Over a six (6) month period (starting January 2022), we will tell your entrepreneurial stories; provide tangible, actionable business learnings, tools, and resources; and offer a sustainable business roadmap to supercharge your success.

Why? It’s time to give Black fashion entrepreneurs the acknowledgment, support, and platform they deserve; to make success more accessible and stimulate the Black economy to build a more resilient future.

What participanTs get access to

  • • Industry leading experts
  • • Resources, materials, and the know-how to grow and scale your business
  • • 1:1 coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • • Intensive curriculum including courses, webinars, and workshops
  • • Connect, collaborate, and build community with other designers in the program
  • • Spotlights on social media, blogs, and other platforms
  • • A chance to showcase your designs at our end-of-program Fashion Show in NYC on Juneteenth 2022
  • • A $5,000 grant upon completion of the program
  • • … As well as additional perks and opportunities throughout your journey!

Application Criteria:

  • • Majority (50%+) ownership by a Black Founder
  • • Incorporated fashion business for at least three months
  • • Evidence of customer traction and market validation
  • • Already using Shopify as their e-commerce platform, or are willing to migrate from their current platform

Get ready to take your unique creativity, innovation, and insight to the next level.

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Applications Supported by New Voices

1 Million Black BUSINESSES

In addition to the Black Fashion Accelerator Program, discover the 1 Million Black Businesses Initiative (1MBB)—a joint venture between Shopify and Operation HOPE that provides Black entrepreneurs with strategic educational tools, resources, and networking opportunities designed to transform their business visions into vibrant realities. Beyond the software needed to set up your online business, Shopify and Operation HOPE help guide you through the many growing stages of your business—from your first sale to full scale.

WHAT 1MBB PARTICIPANTS GET ACCESS TO:

  • • A 120-day Shopify trial to get your business up and running
  • • Shopify’s ‘Build Black’ community
  • • Educational content and programming including webinars, workshops, etc.
  • • 1:1 Coaching/mentoring opportunities through the Operation Hope program
  • • Financing (through Shopify Capital and New Voices) and grant opportunities
  • • …As well as additional perks and opportunities throughout your journey!

NOTE: Applications for both 1MBB and the Black Fashion Accelerator are welcomed (and encouraged!)

REGISTER TODAY

Details

AFROPUNK is partnering with Shopify to bring you the Black Fashion Accelerator—a catalyst for Black creative potential and expression. This program seeks to find, develop, and platform exceptional Black founders in the fashion industry, investing in their success at every step of the entrepreneurial journey. Through our application process, the Shopify and AFROPUNK Black Fashion Accelerator will source nine trailblazing fashion entrepreneurs from the AFROPUNK community, to take advantage of this meaningful growth and mentorship opportunity. Over a six-month period (starting January 2022), we will tell your entrepreneurial stories; provide tangible, actionable business learnings, tools, and resources; and offer a sustainable business roadmap to supercharge your success.

Why?

It’s time to give Black fashion entrepreneurs the acknowledgement, support, and platform they deserve; to make success more accessible and stimulate the Black economy to build a more resilient future.

What participanTs get access to

  • • Industry leading experts
  • • Resources, materials, and the know-how to grow and scale your business
  • • 1:1 coaching and mentoring opportunities
  • • Intensive curriculum including courses, webinars, and workshops
  • • Connect, collaborate and build community with other designers in the program
  • • Spotlights on social media, blogs, and other platforms
  • • A chance to showcase your designs at our end-of-program Fashion Show in NYC on Juneteenth 2022
  • • A $5,000 grant upon completion of the program
  • • … As well as additional perks and opportunities throughout your journey!

Application Criteria

  • • Established FASHION company
  • • Majority ownership by a Black founder
  • • Incorporated business for at least three months
  • • Based in the United States
  • • Applicant must be 18 years of age or older
  • • Evidence of customer traction and market validation
  • • Must be on the Shopify platform or willing to migrate to
    the Shopify platform (technical support will be provided)

Ready to take your business to the next level?

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1 Million Black BUSINESSES

In addition to the Black Fashion Accelerator Program, discover the 1 Million Black Businesses Initiative (1MBB)—a joint venture between Shopify and Operation HOPE that provides Black entrepreneurs with strategic educational tools, resources, and networking opportunities designed to transform their business visions into vibrant realities. Beyond the software needed to set up your online business, Shopify and Operation HOPE help guide you through the many growing stages of your business—from your first sale to full scale.

What 1MBB participants get access to:

  • • A 120-day Shopify trial to get your business up and running
  • • Access to Shopify’s ‘Build Black’ community
  • • Educational content and programming including webinars, workshops, etc.
  • • 1:1 Coaching/mentoring opportunities through the Operation Hope program
  • • Financing (through Shopify Capital) and grant opportunities
  • • …As well as additional perks and opportunities throughout your journey!

NOTE: Applications for both 1MBB and the Black Fashion Accelerator
are welcomed (and encouraged!)

REGISTER TODAY