Pioneer-Mode
THE FUTURE OF FASHION

Learn more about the 2015 Pioneer PARTNERS

30 WEEKS

30 Weeks is a new hybrid program - part incubator, part educational program - which gives talented designers the hands-on experience, mentorship, critiques, tools, workspace, and connection to the communities they need to create products and start companies that may just change the world. The program is operated by Hyper Island, and supported by Google in partnership with SVA, Parsons, Pratt, The Cooper Union and some of the smartest minds in design, tech, business and venture capital.
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BAG THE HABIT

Bag the Habit makes reusable shopping solutions using 100% eco-textiles.
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BEST FOR NYC

Best for NYC is a citywide campaign that recognizes and celebrates businesses using business as force for good, meaning their businesses positively affect and influence NYC workers, NYC neighborhoods and communities, and the environment. Best for NYC encourages all businesses to take the first step in measuring what matters: impact, and not just profit.

In order to participate in the Best for NYC Campaign, businesses must take the Best for NYC Challenge. The Best for NYC Challenge is a quick impact assessment - a free online tool to help gauge your business impact and compare against 30,000+ businesses. This tool will help you identify where your business excels and where your business could improve to strengthen the bottom line and our city.

Then what? Businesses that complete the Best for NYC challenge and commit to continuous improvement can assess business support tools and services and may be recognized as "competing to be Best for NYC". At the end of 2015, NYCEDC will celebrate businesses that have taken the Best for NYC challenge and are working to build a better business and improve quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Read more about some of the inspiring businesses already participating in our Best for NYC Blog.
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BROOKLYN FASHION + DESIGN ACCELERATOR

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator is a hub for ethical fashion and design where designers transform their ideas into successful and sustainable businesses.
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BUSINESS OUTREACH CENTER NETWORK

Business Outreach Center Network’s mission is to improve the economic prospects of traditionally underserved groups, with a focus on low- and moderate-income entrepreneurs and their communities, and thereby create genuinely brighter futures.

At the heart of our mission is the belief that whatever their differences, people and communities share a common goal: to achieve economic stability and growth. Working in partnership with culturally diverse individuals and organizations in support of this shared goal is the hallmark of BOC.

The Business Outreach Center (BOC) Network is a micro-enterprise/small business development organization with over a decade-long record of delivering customized business services to under-served entrepreneurs in New York City and, more recently, in Newark, New Jersey, as well as capacity-building services to organizations establishing and operating community and micro-enterprise development programs.
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CLAUSETTE

Clausette is the first French online magazine focusing on the Future of Fashion and more specifically on the mergence of fashion tech. From wearable tech expansion, smart fabrics and e-textiles emergence, manufacturing innovations to smaller experimental projects, Clausette is set to be the place where cool projects linking a futuristic vision of technology and aesthetics meet.
The weekly-updated magazine delivers an assortment of the sector’s news, best picks and interviews of designers, entrepreneurs and academics that make the future of fashion come to life. This magazine is set to be humble and sensitive to its followers’ feedbacks, so please do not hesitate to give your opinion on the commentary sections of each article, the idea is to share on these subjects that are set to be in tomorrow’s closets.
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FACTORY 45

Factory45 takes sustainable apparel companies from idea to launch. Entrepreneurs are given the tools and connections to source sustainable fabrics, connect with manufacturing partners in the U.S. and raise startup capital to fund production.
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GOOGLE

Google's New Search Products team works to inspire and challenge convention. Creating delightful, meaningful experiences in Google Search.
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GRAZE

graze was started by seven friends who wanted to find an easy and pleasurable way to be healthy. So we started inventing snacks to show off the tastier side of health and worked out an easy way to get them into busy people - by mail.
We're reinventing snacking, one delicious nibble at a time. Visit our website at www.graze.com/us or drop us an email at hi@graze.com
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IDEO

IDEO is an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to helping organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow.
We identify new ways to serve and support people by uncovering latent needs, behaviors, and desires.
We envision new companies and brands, and we design the products, services, spaces, and interactive experiences that bring them to life.
We help organizations build creative culture and the internal systems required to sustain innovation and launch new ventures.
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KICKSTARTER

Kickstarter is changing how millions of people around the world connect to fashion, design, technology, art, and more. We provide a new way for people to fund creative projects, while allowing creators to keep 100% ownership of their work. Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life.
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KOPALI CHOCOLATE

Deep in the rainforest of Costa Rica, living on our off-the-grid farm and sustainability center, we discovered the most incredibly delicious and luscious food, grown by indigenous farmers in harmony with the ecosystems that support all life. We founded Kopali to invite you, through delighting in this pure goodness, to join us in creating a more sustainable and compassionate world for all.
Today with every bag of Kopali you join us in directly supporting thousands of farmers, their families, and communities in countries all over the world.
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LEVITY BREW

Levity Brew is a delicious coffee-based beverage designed for smooth, long-lasting energy. It offers all the richness of coffee without the jitters or bitter acidity, thanks to its premium blend of coffee, tea, and herbs.
Levity comes packaged in single-serve Japanese-style filters for on-the-go convenience.
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MANUFACTURE NEW YORK

Manufacture New York's mission is to reawaken and rebuild America's fashion industry, foster the next wave of businesses, and create a transparent, sustainable global supply chain. Founded in 2012, we are transforming the fashion ecosystem (design, development and distribution) and creating a new, vertically integrated business model that serves the fashion industry’s needs of today and the future. Our flagship headquarters, Liberty View Industrial Plaza in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, is a world-class 160,000 sf manufacturing innovation hub. Our community includes a diverse range of hard working & talented fashion designers, manufacturers and technologists.
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NEW YORK CITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (NYCEDC)

We are an organization dedicated to New York City and its people. We use our expertise to develop, advise, manage, and invest to strengthen businesses and help neighborhoods thrive. We make the City stronger.
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NYC FAIR TRADE COALITION

NYCFTC is an all volunteer grassroots organization, educating consumers on the value and importance of fair trade and promoting fair trade businesses in NYC.
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NEW YORK FASHION TECH LAB

The New York Fashion Tech Lab was cofounded by the Partnership Fund for New York City and Springboard Enterprises promoting growth in fashion technology innovation, economic prosperity, and job creation in New York City promoting:
-Growth in fashion technology innovation
-Economic prosperity
-Job creation in New York City
The program connects a select cohort of early stage fashion-focused technology Companies with New York’s leading fashion retailers and brands fostering iteration, validation, and acceleration of technologies to advance the industry.
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QUEEN OF RAW

Queen of Raw is the digital destination where fashion-forward designers and suppliers can connect.
Our global suppliers have been selected for their innovative raw materials, values around sustainability, and avant-garde approach to fashion and technology. Together we push the boundaries of traditional materials, opening up unique avenues for design.
Founded in 2014 in New York City, Queen of Raw features tech tools created to streamline the sourcing process and inspire the independent designer community. Designers can create the mood board for their collection and then quickly and easily purchase these raw materials. When you order through Queen of Raw, your item is delivered directly from the supplier to you.
Challenge design's codes and traditions. Find your unique style and vision. #GORAW!
xoxo Queen of Raw
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SIXPOINT BREWERY

Located in Redhook, Brooklyn. Founded in 2004; born at the dawn of civilization. We believe Beer is Culture.
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SMITH TEAMAKER

To make uncommonly delicious teas and herbal infusions, we import our teas and botanicals directly from friends at origin—in most cases, farmers we have worked with for well over 15 years. With the greatest delicacy and care, we blend in tiny batches and package in oversized sachets, and wrap each individually or in loose tea tins and packs.
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