FABRIC Apparel Entrepreneur Scholarship

Hundreds of apparel entrepreneurs are awarded scholarships into the FABRIC Apparel Entrepreneur Membership. Apply now to find out if you're the next recipient.

About the FABRIC Apparel Entrepreneur Scholarship

Our mission is to provide apparel entrepreneurs with training, guidance, innovative industry resources, and access to no-minimum manufacturing, so they can build sustainable fashion businesses domestically.

One way we do this is by providing access to a digital ROADMAP that guides apparel entrepreneurs through the hundreds of steps in business startup, branding, marketing, design development, and manufacturing and prepares/guides them through no-minimum manufacturing. Then we provide scholarships into this ROADMAP to select disadvantaged entrepreneurs.

Scholarships are available to Apparel Entrepreneurs who have completed the first four Getting Started steps. Click the button below to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can the scholarship be used toward?

Access to the Apparel Entrepreneur Digital Assistant: A tech-based, digital assistant that provides guidance, resources, and education via a “roadmap” of steps that navigate business startup, branding, marketing, product development, and manufacturing.
Regular Price: $350/mo

What scholarships are available?

We offer two different scholarships.
- Full Scholarship: If awarded, recipient gets FREE access to the Apparel Entrepreneur Membership for one year. After one year, it will be $9.95/mo. Membership is month-to-month and can be canceled at any time.
- Partial Scholarship: If awarded, recipient pays only $50/mo for access to the Apparel Entrepreneur Membership. After one year, it will be $9.95/mo. Membership is month-to-month and can be canceled at any time.

Who is eligible for a scholarship?

Select minority, veteran, disabled, or economically disadvantaged entrepreneurs

How do I apply for the scholarship?

Complete the first four steps of the Getting Started steps. On the third step, you'll be asked to pay one month of the Apparel Entrepreneur Membership at $350/mo. This is a month-to-month membership and you can cancel at any time. This investment in yourself also includes technical consulting, refinement of your product idea, costing, and guidance on sourcing. Specifically, in that first month, you'll....

GET ORGANIZED: You'll get organized and prepare to work with industry forms so that we (or any contractors you decide to work with) can get the information needed to successfully make your product.
DESIGN REVIEW: Meet with our experts to review your design idea. We'll work out the details together since the details are what determine the cost and your next steps.
REFINE YOUR IDEA: We'll help define or refine the technical details (construction details are nailed down in a technical flat sketch)
COST IT: Evaluate your product to determine costs before moving forward (count sewing operations, estimate fabric/trim yields, and consider development costs) You'll have a rough idea of what it may cost to make your product and what you'd need to sell it for before you dive in. And if you can't hit your target price, you'll know before you invest any more time and money.
SOURCING: Sourcing guidance and access to sourcing library.
ACCESS INDUSTRY RESOURCES, GUIDANCE, AND MASTERY: Access the Roadmap (including $70K of resources) including links, video tutorials, downloadable tools & contracts, tips, instructions, and step-by-step guidance in working through business startup, branding, samples/development, manufacturing, sales/marketing, fashion technology and more. Even if you decide not to work with FABRIC, this guidance and these resources are meant to be used anywhere. You can use it to hire contractors anywhere and have the confidence that you're speaking the language, providing what the contractor needs, and performing your responsibilities as the production manager for your brand.

After you accomplish this, you can choose to download all of the resources and walk away or apply for a scholarship to keep your membership and move forward.

How long does it take to hear back after applying?

You should hear back within one week. Email education@fabricincubator.com if you haven't heard anything one week after applying.

If I am awarded a scholarship, how do I apply it to the Apparel Entrepreneur Membership?

You will be provided with a coupon code by email to use toward the Apparel Entrepreneur Membership.

How will I know if I was awarded a scholarship?

You will be informed by email. Check your spam folder just in case. Email education@fabricincubator.com if you haven't received a determination in over a week.

How many scholarships are available?

FREE access to 40 entrepreneurs per year
$50/mo access to 250 entrepreneurs per year

Can I win more than one scholarship?

Only one scholarship/waiver is granted per brand/entrepreneur. You may not share the coupon code or information provided to you from the Apparel Entrepreneur Road Map with any other person or brand.

If I'm not chosen for a scholarship, can I apply again in the future?

If you are not chosen for a scholarship, you may still use our digital assistant/roadmap at the $350/mo price or you may apply again in six months.

If I'm chosen as a scholarship recipient, will this be public information?

Yes, we regularly congratulate scholarship recipients publicly online. By applying for a scholarship, you agree to give us permission to share your brand name, logo, website (and tag/connect with you on social media) on our website, social media, newsletter, and in print. However, we will not share any of your personal information.