Fashion-Tech market, currently driven by on-line retailing companies (Yoox, Farfetch), can be considered the 4th largest sector within the technology industry in Europe. DeFine's (Developing a Fashion-Tech Innovation Network for Europe) goal is to build a relationship between incubators, accelerators, startups, businesses and lenders
. In the three planned years 36 events, workshops, mentoring services and much more are scheduled. The launch event is planned for 13 February 2019 during the Première Vision in Paris. The project's consortium represents a Fashion-Tech integration itself. The nature of the consortium partners and the actions planned will guarantee the adequate skills and infrastructure for facilitating the fusion of cutting-edge technologies into the fashion industries, as well as the growth of an eco-system of incubators and accelerators to support investor readiness of Fashion-Tech start-ups and SMEs (small/medium enterprises) scaling-up, relevant to the work-program. The project is coordinated by Politecnico di Milano-Design Department and involves nine partners: The University of the Arts London (UAL), Institut Français de la Mode, European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), Inkubatorn i Boras, European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX), Media Deals, Asociacion Para la Gestion del Centro Europeo de Empresas et Innovation de Burgos (CEEIB), Cyprus Research and Innovation Center (CYRIC), Fondazione Politecnico di Milano
. DeFine is funded by European Union under the Competitiveness of enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises - COSME Programme (2014-2020)
. The project started in July 2018 and will end in June 2020.
Further information at www.define-network.eu