Get Involved

Over the next three years, the DeFINE team will host a series of events and programmes across European cities to build the fashion-tech, business and investment community.

The DeFINE Journey

DeFINE events are hosted across Europe with a distinctive purpose; get involved in an Info Day for insight into the fashion-tech industry. Sit down with fashion, technology and investment leaders to hear about the opportunities in the emerging fashion-tech scene.

Apply to attend a Bootcamp aimed at start-ups and SMEs to vet their business ideas and Investment Readiness Programme to learn more about creative entrepreneurship, business planning and innovating products, processes and market approaches followed by applying to the Mentoring Programmes to help start-ups and SMEs turn business ideas to reality.

Throughout all the events, get networking and build connections with peers and seek unique opportunities across Europe particularly at the Annual Networking Events held once a year. Share ideas, experiences and news – so join the fun.

Insight and Market Knowledge

Info Days

  • Events: 8 Info Days; 4 events in 2019 and 4 events in 2020.
  • Cities: Paris, Boras, Porto, Berlin, London, Milan and Lodz.
  • Target: start-ups, SMEs, accelerators, incubators, students as well as fashion, technology and financier professionals or anyone interested in fashion-tech.

Learn more about the DeFINE project and what we can offer to you at the Info Day. Hear from experts about developments happening across Europe where new technologies are being introduced throughout the fashion supply chain – come along and be inspired.

Read more at the Info Day page.

Intensive workshop for strategic direction


  • Events: 4 Bootcamps; 2 sessions in 2019 and 2 sessions in 2020.
  • Cities: London, Berlin, Paris and Milan.
  • Target: fashion and technology start-ups and SMEs.

Have an idea for a new product, process or route to market but need a bit of support to further develop your idea? Apply to one of our four two-day Bootcamps where you’ll hear from industry leaders, and receive one-to-one support from specialists on the areas of innovation, business and investment.

Details on how to apply can be found at the Bootcamp page.

Support from expert mentors

Mentoring programme

  • Call for Projects: 2 Mentoring Programmes, first call for applications in 2019 and second call is in 2020.
  • Target: fashion and technology start-ups and SMEs based in the Europe.

Once you’re ready to take your idea to the next level and develop a prototype or proof of concept, apply for our two Mentoring Programmes which will be running 2019-20 and again in 2020-21. You’ll receive bespoke mentoring support to guide you through the innovation process, specialist advice and access to facilities. You will also receive dedicated investment readiness support, and the opportunity to pitch at an Investment Forum to receive feedback from a panel of financiers.

Find our more on the eight-month Mentoring Programme

Network with peers

Annual Networking Event

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  • Events: 2 Annual Networking Events taking place once a year.
  • DeFINE Network: free online network all year round for everyone in the fashion-tech community.
  • Target: start-ups, SMES, accelerators, incubators, as well as financiers, fashion and technology professionals and anyone interested in fashion-tech.

Meet like-minded people to share ideas, make connections and hear about all the new developments taking place in the industry and through DeFINE. During the DeFINE Annual Networking Events you will be able to meet the whole community to build connections and keep in touch through the online DeFINE Network.

If you are not a member already, it is free to join and will give you access to a smart map of accelerators and incubators across Europe, an online directory of network members and resources such as webinars and toolkits. Sign up to become a member here.

Throughout, we’ll be building a Fashion-tech Financier Network, working with some of the leading financiers across Europe to share knowledge about the opportunities within the Fashion-tech market, and to support start-ups and SMEs to be investment ready. If you are a financier and interested in getting involved with DeFINE please get in touch at

To hear about opportunities to get involved as soon as they’re announced, keep in touch by signing up to the DeFINE Network and follow us on social media for all the latest updates.

How to join the DeFINE network?

If you are a creative or tech start-up, SME, as well as accelerator, incubator or hub, you can join the free online DeFINE network. Complete the online form with your organisation details and you can get unlimited access to networks, news and events.

Develop your ideas further by posting a partner request and be matched with a  European startups/SMEs and tech providers.

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