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  The African Development Bank (AfDB) invites fashion entrepreneurs to enter its Fashionomics Africa online competition for sustainable fashion. If you are building a business that will transform how clothing is produced, used, and recycled, you should consider getting involved in this contest.
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Through this competition, the AfDB and its partners aim to foster a greater focus on sustainable practice within and around the fashion industry on the continent. It intends for businesses in the space to drive the market towards a better relationship with the environment. Enterprises that are already moving in this direction will be rewarded and granted greater exposure and opportunities for growth. The Fashionomics Africa contest is organized in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), BPCM (a strategic consulting and communications agency), Parsons School of Design, the Center for Sustainable Fashion, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.
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The most innovative and sustainable of the competing businesses will enjoy these benefits:
  • A $10,000 cash reward
  • Fashionomics Africa certificate
  • Access to a network of experts and media channels
  • Their story will be published on the AfDB’s website and on the Fashionomics Africa platform
  • Take part in a Fashionomics Africa webinar as a panellist
  • Get online mentoring sessions from BPCM aimed at improving the business’s communication strategy
  • Gain access to the UNEP’s network of experts and innovation resources
In addition, two finalists will receive these benefits:
  • Have their brands advertised on Fashionomics Africa’s social media pages for a month
  • Get a Fashionomics Africa certificate
  • Receive a branding kit (including a new logo, colour palate, recommended fonts, and capacity-building opportunities)
  • Access online mentoring sessions from BPCM aimed at improving the business’s communication strategy
  • Gain access to the UNEP’s network of experts and innovation resources

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Applicants should meet these conditions:
  • Founders must be at least 18 years old; priority will be given to businesses run by persons between 18 and 35 years, and female entrepreneurs
  • The business should operate in a way that’s sustainable and environmentally friendly
  • It should operate in the apparel, textile, and accessories industries in Africa
  • Applicants must be citizens of an African country and have an Identification Document that proves this (International Passport, National ID, Voters Card, etc.)
Applications will remain open until January 18, 2023. If you would like to apply for the AfDB Fashionomics Africa Contest, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: African Development Bank
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This article was first published on 6th January 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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