Clothing retailer Joe Fresh is teaming up with Ryerson University for a long-term partnership to create the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation. The Centre is made possible with a $1 million investment from Joe Fresh, that will develop and fund Canada’s emerging fashion-inspired businesses through Ryerson’s Fashion Zone, an incubator that supports students and student entrepreneurship as part of the university’s growing innovation ecosystem.
The Joe Fresh Centre will be modelled after the university’s highly successful Digital Media Zone (DMZ), which has incubated over 125 companies since launching in 2010, and Ryerson Futures (RFI), its affiliated business accelerator.
The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation will incubate, develop and support Canada’s fashion-inspired businesses and help participating companies and individuals hone their business models and skills through structured mentorship with the Joe Fresh and Ryerson teams as well as Canadian business and fashion leaders.
“We are thrilled to have found a partner in Ryerson University that shares our passion for innovation and entrepreneurship, as evidenced by the great success of its Digital Media Zone. The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation will serve as a similar springboard for Canada’s most promising fashion-based businesses.” said Mario Grauso, President of Joe Fresh.
In the coming weeks, the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation will be open for applications. For more information and details about application requirements and eligibility, please visit thejoefreshcentre.com.