The brew co-working spaces, on 24 th March, welcomed six fashion technology start-ups in its Shoreditch workspace as part of the new Front Row accelerator funded by the London College of Fashion.  The programme lasts for three months, and aims to bridge the worlds of fashion and technology, includes mentorship from top-tier entrepreneurs and business advisors, masterclasses, a support network and access to finance.

Twenty-five percent of London’s tech firms recently cited a “squeeze on high quality, affordable workspace”[1] as a factor to the every-day struggles of conducting business. The brew’s partnership with Front Row’s fashion technology start-ups provides the bricks and mortar resources required to help start their business including desk space, meeting rooms and high-quality office infrastructure.

Commenting on the new partnership, Andrew Clough, Managing Director of the brew, said: “London is fast becoming the technology in fashion capital of the world. However, just like for any start-up, there are immense challenges to overcome.

 “As such, it’s great to see initiatives such as the Front Row Accelerator that will help nurture talented entrepreneurs and shape the future of one London’s emerging and innovative industries. We are proud to be able to support the accelerator as it’s part of our commitment to encourage growth and community in Tech City and Shoreditch as a whole,” he continued.

The six companies that have been awarded a place on the accelerator programme are Alive Shoes (a DIY shoe design and manufacturing service), DapperMe (male wardrobe management), Kovert Designs (wearable technology), Agorique, Stylect (a digital showroom and B2B marketplace), Stylect (a shoe sourcing app) and Bomb Petite (a service for petite women). 

Jonas Altman, Director, Front Row, said of the co-working partnership with the brew, “The aim of the Accelerator is to enable the growth of creativity and entrepreneurship, and we felt the brew was the co-working space that would help to foster this the most. When we met the team, it was immediately apparent that they have a passion for supporting entrepreneurs.”

Mentors are from Holition, Lyst, Index Ventures, Viadynamics, Ebay, Weir & Wong, Margaret Howell, Bottica, EC1 Capital, Asos and more.

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For more information

Email: Andrew@TheBrew.co.uk

Tel: 020 7770 6283


About The Brew

Founded in 2009 in the midst of a global financial meltdown, Andrew Clough, the brew’s Managing Director, saw there was little in the way of affordable office space for start-ups.

He set up the brew to offer a new kind of office space: a flexible solution that provides a desirable business address, a professional business environment, a creative atmosphere and a community of like-minded individuals.

The brew now operates four co-working shared offices in Shoreditch.

www.thebrew.co.uk

 

About Front Row Accelerator

Front Row supports businesses that bridge the worlds of fashion and technology. Its multi-faceted programme ensures entrepreneurs benefit from resources at an early stage to accelerate and grow.

The Accelerator is a 3-month programme delivered by top-tier mentors and experts.  With an enduring support network, the programme helps startups thrive in the fashion tech space.  Front Row together with partners are fostering innovation, inspiring entrepreneurs, and elevating startups with early stage investment.

Front Row Accelerator is an initiative launched by the London College of Fashion, part of the University of the Arts London.

www.frontrowio.com

Email: amalia@frontrowio.com



[1] According to the Daily Telegraph’s 24/10/13 article citing a YouGov