Funding Your Design Business

with our industry experts

In this Masterclass, we focus on the all-important question: how are you going to fund your design venture?

The road to success can be expensive in the fashion and design world. There are high upfront costs to create each product, and it takes time for your initial investment to yield profit. Not everyone has the funds to start a brand. So, you may have to find other sources to fund your venture before your brand is fully functioning and profitable. Fortunately, there are many funding options for new business owners to explore until you make a sustainable income.

We're taking an in-depth look at all the options, from bootstrapping to crowdfunding and everything in between. We've got a fantastic line up of guest experts and interviews prepared for you. First up is the inspiring Indre Butkeviciute, managing director of wealth planning and investment company, Lily Advisory, to talk us through the basics of funding and financial management. Then we have the wise words of Enterprise Manager for NatWest Business, Nick Howe, exploring all the different forms of financing and investment out there. To talk us through how to be ethical with money we have Lisa Stanley from Good with Money. Finally, Raimonda Jankunaite, co-founder of UK rewards-based crowdfunding platform, Crowd-Velocity talks through everything 'crowdfunding'. Plus we've interviewed the incredible entrepreneur, Martha Silcott, inventor of Fab Little Bag all about her design journey and how she secured funding for her mega venture. And to top it off we're lucky enough to have a live Q&A all about crowdfunding with Raimonda as well.

  • Introduction to Funding

    with Indre Butkevicute

    Indre talks us through what finances you need to consider in a business plan, the different types of data to be on top of and how to use this information in a smart way to make essential business decisions.

  • Different Sources of Funding

    with Nick Howe

    In this video, Nick Howe talks through the funding options available and what they mean, things to consider before you look for funding and where to apply for it.

  • Ethical Business Funding

    with Lisa Stanley

    In this video, Lisa discusses some of the ethical factors to consider when looking at money and using your principles as added value!

  • Crowdfunding

    with Raimonda Jankunaite

    In this video, Raimonda speaks on everything crowdfunding. We talk through the different types and detail exactly what to have in place to run a successful crowdfunding campaign.



Past Events

Additional links

Green grants and funding guide

Funding an ethical business Elephant Bags

Asos Funding your Fashion Business

Government Grants Guide

Kickstarter's Creative Handbook