New York Fashion Tech Lab celebrates the 2022 cohort with events in New York

Randy Castillo

After completing the 12-week New York Fashion Tech Lab program, the five innovative women-led companies selected for the 2022 Lab celebrated their work and advancement with multiple events in New York City. The three-day affair culminated with Demo Day, where each company showcased the unique technologies and solutions they bring to the fashion industry.

Throughout the 12-week session, the founders of tech start-ups Dress X, Greenlist, Window, Digital Village and Squadded all worked with 12 global fashion brands and retailers to connect technology to fashion, to beauty and retail to bring innovations of new ideas to the space.

The cohort participated in organized workshops and had sessions with investors and senior executives from the Lab’s network of experts, which included Burberry, Estée Lauder Companies, Levi Strauss & Co, LVMH, Macy’s Inc, Perry Ellis International , PVH Corp, Richemont, Tapestry, Tory Burch, Marriott International and Walmart. Program partner Accenture also returned this year, along with Spring Place NYC, a co-working space and private club, which has worked with NYFTLab since 2017.

The 2022 lab was held virtually, so cohorts and partners met in person for the first time this week when they came together to celebrate over an intimate dinner, breakfast of networking and a demo day during their time at the 9th Annual New York Fashion Tech Lab.

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It all started on June 6 with the NYFTLab program dinner at Zero Bond, co-hosted by SVB and GRAZIA USA, and in the presence of the founders, fashion and retail partners, the NYFTLab team and the president and CEO of Springboard Enterprises.

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The next day, the cohort, the partners, as well as the NYFTLab Alumni, the NYFTLab Expert Network (which consists of more than 80 industry experts and investors)along with other retailers, brands, investors, the NYFTLab team and the Springboard Enterprises team, all attended the NYFTLab Breakfast Reception at Spring Place NYC co-organized by First Republic Bank.

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A defining moment came later in the day when the NASDAQ Time Square feature projected NYFTLab onto the NASDAQ Tower, and cohorts were on hand to see their brands light up Time Square.

Courtesy of NYFTLab

Finally, the NYC rally culminated in the NYFTLab Tech Runway Demo Day, which was streamed live via the TOUCHCAST platform on June 8, where retailers, brands, investors and the press all gathered to watch each attendee at NYFTLab 2022 showcase their brand and the unique new technologies and solutions they can offer within the industry.

Courtesy of NYFTLab

When selecting each startup to participate this year, NYFTLab sought out emerging, growth-stage technology companies that have developed B2B innovations at the intersection of fashion, retail and technology. These five companies all provide solutions to advance the fashion industry through the metaverse, NFTs, social commerce, returns and personalization. Over the years, NYFTLab has accumulated 70 alumni who have tackled more than 60 different areas of interest.

The application for the 2023 cohort will be announced later this year. In the meantime, to learn more about this year’s cohort, visit nyftlab.com.

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