Mettā, a global members’ club for entrepreneurs that connects people, ideas and resources to ultimately further business opportunities today announced the call for applications to join its second cohort of Fashion Product Lab for upcoming designers.

The 10-week programme, taking place October- November and set to culminate in a runway show in December in Nairobi is the first-of-its-kind in Africa designed to support designers and give them access to work with early stage fashion-focused technology companies to launch their brands, showcase collections and scale their businesses.

The Fashion Product Lab powered by Mettā provides designers with the resources they need to transform ideas, commercialize their concepts and build successful businesses.

Each of the 10 selected designers will participate in mentoring and collaboration from the participating fashion sector associations with Association of Fashion Designers in Kenya, Moringa School, Zumi, Umati Capital, Uwakili, Artcaffe, Metta and Nest.VC among others. They will get connections to relevant fashion technologies, business tools and innovative solutions and be trained on needs of early stage fashion businesses.

The entrepreneurs will also network with senior business executives, investors, and experienced entrepreneurs, meet experts and industry thought leaders and then pitch their ideas and showcase concepts at a Demo Day before fashion retailers, executives and investors.