Incubator Programs at The Manufacture Foundation
What exactly is the definition of an incubator program? This exciting and rapidly evolving aspect of The Manufacture Foundation is at the core of our mission to help create and build businesses in apparel, textiles and wearable technology.
Over the past 4 years, our sister organization, Manufacture New York, has experimented with pilot programs for incubators in Manhattan's Garment District; Sunset Park, Brooklyn and Downtown Los Angeles. Through interactions with over 150 businesses in 3 urban locations, we have learned that virtually all entrepreneurs face the same startup challenges:
- Access to affordable, high quality industrial space
- Qualifying for working capital at reasonable rates & terms
- Sourcing speciality equipment and/or manufacturing services locally
- Mentorship & business training
We are very excited to expand our current incubator programs, increase the amount of community involvement and build a more formalized mentorship program specific to the fashion, technology and manufacturing industries.
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