EFI Accelerator 21/22




The African Designers Accelerator Programme 2021/2022 is now open for applications

Discover more and apply here Until March 31st

EFI Accelerator


EFI Accelerator Programme

A continent-wide initiative designed to shine a light on creative talent within Africa, the EFI Accelerator Programme grants a new generation of African fashion designers the opportunity to engage with the international market and accelerate the growth of their business. 

The selected talent features four emerging African designers – Lukhanyo MdingiWUMAN, Margaux Wong and JIAMINI – that benefitted from one-on-one mentoring sessions, workshops and development on the business of fashion led by industry leaders. 

Fast-forward a year, Pitti Immagine Uomo Connect has partnered with the EFI Accelerator Programme to provide the designers with e-commerce entry and a global audience. Lukhanyo MdingiWUMAN, Margaux Wong and JIAMINI are all available on the digital platform, Pitti Connect.

The Ethical Fashion Initiative has been introducing African talent and fashion design to the global market since 2013. The EFI Accelerator Programme, launched in 2019, is its latest continent-wide venture. 

Discover the four designers on Pitti Connect here

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The EFI has launched an Accelerator programme for emerging brands producing in Africa, to prepare brands to become investment ready. Click here to read more. 

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Illustration by Chiara Guidi

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