Cornell University forms Strategic Alliance with Seattle Fashion Industry

The Seattle Fashion Incubator and Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at Cornell University have formed a strategic alliance to support start-ups in Seattle’s apparel industry.

Seattle Fashion Incubator™ (SFI™) and the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute (EII) at the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University are excited to announce the formation of their strategic alliance to support start-up fashion and apparel businesses in the region. As a part of this strategic alliance members of SFI™ will be provided the opportunity to submit projects for EII to vet with Johnson MBA students for the opportunity to receive much needed services such as analyses, consulting, customer validation and engagement, financial modeling, and business or market planning.

“Through this strategic alliance, Johnson MBA students will gain direct experience in dealing with the range of challenges that innovative apparel startups face, and in turn, these SFI companies will gain access to the professional marketing, financial, and planning services they need and seek,” said Rhett L. Weiss, executive director of the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute at Johnson at Cornell University

These services will supplement SFI’s existing advisory services with additional entrepreneurship minded advisors affiliated with EII. Thus furthering the development and growth that will help keep and attract fashion and apparel businesses in Seattle.

About Johnson at Cornell University

Johnson at Cornell University prides itself on being an intense, collaborative community that functions like a high-performance workplace. Our world-renowned faculty educates leaders for the connected world through five MBA programs, PhD Program, and non-degree executive education. Johnson also offers programs across Latin America, Mexico, and China. http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/

About Johnson at Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute encompasses course offerings, networking and mentoring opportunities, and hands-on, real-deal learning experiences, including a suite of student-run entrepreneurship and innovation services. We link students to a dynamic network of teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, inventors, investors, mentors, business leaders, and other experts; provide them with exposure, engagement, and feedback; and charge them with responsibility for results. http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/EII.aspx

Author: Steven Matsumoto

Steven Paul Matsumoto is the founder of Seattle Fashion Incubator, and an active member of the Seattle business community. Currently Mr. Matsumoto sits on Advisory Boards for the University of Washington Fashion Certificate Program, and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.

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