Polimoda launches the new Talent Development project

Not just in word but also in action, Polimoda sees it as imperative to support its students during and after university, and also stimulate the fashion landscape with innovative ideas that are actual, feasible and relevant. This is why on Wednesday June 15th, 2016, Polimoda officially launched its new Talent Development project. Alongside Giovanni Bettarini, …

Not just in word but also in action, Polimoda sees it as imperative to support its students during and after university, and also stimulate the fashion landscape with innovative ideas that are actual, feasible and relevant.

This is why on Wednesday June 15th, 2016, Polimoda officially launched its new Talent Development project. Alongside Giovanni Bettarini, the Councillor for Economic Development and Tourism of the Metropolitan City of Florence, Sandro Fallani, Mayor of Scandicci, and Albino Caporale, the Director of Production Activities of the Tuscan Region, Polimoda’s Director Danilo Venturi showed how Polimoda has taken the initiative to substantially support its talent.

The Talent Development program is an integrated system of grants, development and tutorship programs that break the boundaries between education and business, and encourage and actively assist the entrepreneurs of the future.

YOURSELFASHION

The start-up incubator YourselFashion is the first part of this program. It has sent out a call for project proposals, from which a committee will select, finance and support five ideas from Polimoda Alumni or final-year students, each with a grant to the value of €30,000. Over the course of an intensive 6 month period beginning in October 2016, the five successful candidates will be provided all the resources necessary, including a space, finance, personalised tutorship, tools and machines, to create a viable business and product.

FASHION ENTERPRISE

The new master’s course in Fashion Enterprise is the second part of Polimoda’s Talent Development project. This 9 month course starting in April 2017, guides designers with a head for industry in every aspect of the creation of a successful business. From merchandising and communications, to brand-building and production, it also includes special fieldtrips and a final project as the creation of a collection. This course has a particularly new format by awarding the best student at the final presentation a scholarship to bring to fruition their collection. Including 450 specialised training hours, financing and use of the Polimoda Design Lab, all free of charge and under the supervision of Linda Loppa, this collection will then be launched to its intended audience (customers, buyers, distributors, press or investors) after a 6 month period.

Not just in word but also in action, Polimoda sees it as imperative to support its students during and after university, and also stimulate the fashion landscape with innovative ideas that are actual, feasible and relevant.

One of the greatest strengths of our institute is our capacity to connect education with the professional world, by placing our students directly inside the world of fashion at the end of their studies. On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of Polimoda, the Talent Development project is a natural evolution of this philosophy. It has been created to give concrete support to our talented graduates and alumni who have ground-breaking ideas, and who want to start a business from this. Polimoda will be the mentors and guarantors of the quality of the projects, by providing financial support, workspace and specially tailored training. At the end of six months, these ideas will be ready to take flight.

Danilo Venturi, Director of Polimoda

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Polimoda Talent Development Presentation in Villa Favard
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Albino Caporale, Sandro Fallani, Tiziana Marchi, Danilo Venturi and Giovanni Bettarini

FOR ANY FURTHER INFORMATION

Polimoda
Via Curtatone 1, 50123 – Firenze, Italia
talentdevelopment@polimoda.com