14 African designers selected for the African Fashion Futures Incubator
Impact Fund For African Creatives in collaboration with the African Fashion Foundation in Ghana and implementing partner Seedstars have selected their first cohort of 14 African fashion designers to join the African Fashion Futures Incubator.
The African Fashion Futures Incubator provides a space to challenge ideas and business concepts as well as give access to mentors and resources for the 14 fashion designers taking part in the program. The incubator will also cover topics on business models, market positioning, and comparative advantage, as well as sustainability & impact.
The incubator aims to encourage peer learning and cultural exchange among its participants as well as to future-proof them and instill excellent operational and business foundations to ensure growth. The program also seeks to produce sustainable and financially viable enterprises. while honing the business capabilities of fashion designers.
“Since its inception, the African Fashion Foundation platform has driven professional and educational opportunities in partnership with established players to support the success of the African creative economy. This collaborative program has been designed to help emerging designers in their infancy succeed by providing workspace, seed funding, mentoring, training and investment opportunities.”shared Onyinye Fafi Obi, Project Director of African Fashion Foundation.
Participants are set to take part in an exponential and transformative program over a 5-month incubation period to scale their ventures and enhance their value chains. Through a tried and tested methodology, the fashion designers will also receive hands-on support from industry experts across a global network as well as grant funding of up to $5,000 each and additional fundraising support.
The 14 fashion designers are:
- 1. Omafume Niemogha of Pepper Row (Nigeria)
- 2. Travis Obeng-Casper of AJABENG (Ghana)
- 3. Cynthia Otiyo-Abila of Cynthia Abila Studios (Nigeria)
- 4. Jason Jermaine Asiedu of Jermaine Bleu (Ghana)
- 5. Orire Aleshinloye of Oríré (Nigeria)
- 6. Kusi Kubi of PALM WINE IceCREAM (Ghana)
- 7. Ebuka Omaliko of Maliko (Nigeria)
- 8. Kelvin Vincent of Anku Studio (Ghana)
- 9. Abiola Adeniran-Olusola of Abiola Olusola (Nigeria)
- 10. Jafaru Larry (Ghana
- 11. Victor Anate of VICNATE (Nigeria)
- 12. Nadia Eman Ibrahim of TABOu (Ghana)
- 13. Aline Mukamusoni of AMIKE (Rwanda)
- 14. George Tetteh of Atto Tetteh (Ghana)