Venture Fellow

Our Venture Fellow program will help you navigate the rewarding but sometimes arduous and lonely path to growing your business, in a supportive environment. Learn more about the program in our FAQ and apply below. We look forward to hearing from you!


Do I have to be a Pratt Alum?

No, the BF+DA Venture Fellowship is open to anyone who is the founder of a design-based company.

How long can I be a part of the Accelerator?

The average Venture Fellow will be a part of the Accelerator for two to three years.

Do I get support after I leave the BF+DA?

Our programs and mentorship team work to grow our Venture Fellow companies into viable enterprises that are ready to move out on their own.

How are design entrepreneurs selected?

We are interested in five key elements – design and innovation, social and environmental values, growth potential, financial security, and cultural fit. Using these criteria, our review committee selects applicants for a short phone interview. For the next stage, we invite you to our space for an in-person interview, to see our resources, and meet some of our entrepreneurs. The final stage consists of a Burst session (deep-dive discovery) with one of our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence and one of our s.LAB mentors.

How much does the Venture Fellowship cost?

For most companies our Venture Fellow fees currently range from $440 to $660 per month for the first year.

Can I be a part-time Venture Fellow?

Venture Fellows benefit the most from being active participants in our community and are therefore expected to be full-time residents.

What am I expected to contribute?

We are a community of people that thrives by its members being available, interested and engaged in the success of others.

Do I have to show something at the end of my time in the Accelerator?

No, but we hope you will have achieved success!

Do I need to be in fashion design to apply?

No. Our Venture Fellows include fashion, accessories, product, home and technology companies. We are interested in talented people who are entrepreneurial and passionate about their business.

The information you provide in this application is confidential and will not be shared.