The Centre for Fashion Enterprise (CFE) is launching a fashion technology startup incubator at the London College of Fashion (LCF) this week.

At its third Fashion-Tech Meetup at the LCF on 19 March, which will be attended by fashion, tech and digital businesses based in the UK, and students and alumni, the CFE will release full details of its incubator.

Grabble, a 'Tinder' app for fashionistas, is a recent example of a fashion startup. Image credit: Grabble

The incubator is aimed at University of the Arts London (UAL) students and graduates and startups with a “brilliant fashion-tech idea but no connection in the industry or production knowledge”. The London College of Fashion is one of the arts colleges that form the UAL.

Confirmed speakers at the event include analysts from Beecham Research, head of fashion innovation agency Matthew Drinkwater, Piers Ridyard, founder of fash-tech brand XOO, and CFE director Wendy Malem.

The impending launch of the fashion incubator follows other recent launches for industry specific incubators covering retail and travel. The travel incubator launch last week saw Traveltech Lab offering workspace for 30 people co-located within the riverside offices of London & Partners, the London mayor’s promotional company for London.

The incubator – created in partnership with The Trampery – has already attracted Gatwick Airport as the first corporate partner of the new incubator. London & Partners’ goal is for London to become the number one city in the world for travel technology startups.

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