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AFREXIM Bank Fashion Program – Fashion Designers 2024

The Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) and Portugal’s National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE) have jointly announced the launch of a call for entries for the fifth edition of CANEX Presents Africa @ Portugal Fashion, which will take place in Porto, Portugal, from March 12 to 16, 2024. The programme is designed to provide a platform for emerging fashion designers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Diaspora to develop their skills through mentorship from industry experts, gain market access opportunities, and increase production, sales and distribution. The aim is to equip participants with the skills they need to create financially sustainable businesses with the potential to scale, as well as provide support with go-to-market and internationalisation strategies.

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CANEX Presents Africa @ Portugal Fashion is a blended programme that combines physical events with digital elements to enable linkages and partnerships. It is tailored to support entry to mid-level talent through a customized approach to up-skill and individually support the development and recognition of talent. The programme is open to menswear and womenswear designers who have developed a strong signature style and can compete at an international level. To be eligible, designers must be based in Africa or Diaspora (including the Caribbean), and their companies must be registered, well established, and have been in business for a minimum of four years.

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The March 2024 edition of the programme will showcase the FW24/25 collection and is targeting ten fashion designers. The finalists will be announced on January 15, 2024. If you are interested in applying for this programme, the deadline for applications is December 31, 2024. The application must be submitted to the review panel in electronic format. The electronic submissions must be sent to: [email protected] with the SUBJECT line: “FIRST and LAST NAME, CANEX MARCH 2024 Application.” Visit the Afreximbank website for more information on the programme.

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