Published On: Tue, Jun 2nd, 2015

Mediterranean Young Talents (YOTA)Programme: CFE Offering Support for the Fashion Designer Sector

Deadline: 8 June 2015

The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) is inviting applications from designers to spend a six month residency in their studios in London at London College of Fashion’s Hackney campus for Mediterranean Young Talents (YOTA) programme. Applicants from mentioned countries can apply for this programme.

YOTA is a ground-breaking programme, looking for the very best in young design talent from across the Mediterranean to take part. Funded by the European Commission initiative ‘Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small-Medium Enterprises’ (COSME), the programme has been created as a unique opportunity for designers from Mediterranean countries to experience the business support provided by CFE in London. The programme will host four designers from eligible Mediterranean countries at CFE in London for a residency of up to six months each.

Programmes Offered

  1. New Market Entry
  2. New Fashion Pioneer
  3. New Fashion Venture
  4. Building Brand Equity (BBE)
  5. Fast-Tech Programme

The programme will provide knowledge and expertise which can be applied to the designers’ businesses in their home countries, helping them to develop and become more competitive, with the ultimate aim of future growth. The designers who are selected to take part in YOTA will be leading the way for their peers and future design talents to open up networks and opportunities that span Europe, to benefit their own businesses and the design industry as a whole across the Mediterranean region.

Eligible Countries


A return flight, accommodation in London, shared studio space, London travel and prototype budget will be provided during the programme.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Designer businesses should be registered at a London address.
  • Many types of designer businesses will be considered for the YOTA programme; fashion, menswear, womenswear, jewellery, textile, accessories and footwear.

For more information, please visit YOTA.

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