Financing for Your Fashion Start-Up


Non-dilutive funding is funding that you can receive that does not require you to give up any portion of ownership. These include grants, awards, crowdfunding and loans. Following an introduction from the Fashion Zone, Futurpreneur and BDC will provide an overview of their services as they specifically relate to the fashion sector followed by open Q&A. 

The Fashion Zone at Ryerson University is one of Canada’s first communities for fashion-inspired start-ups. We have recognized gaps and opportunities in the Canadian fashion industry in regards to the development of innovative products and services, along with the problem of job availability for graduates.

Fashion Zone members learn how to create and launch a company, and receive industry mentorship to excel their growth. We push for interdisciplinary collaboration to increase the development of unique new technologies, products, services, processes and accelerate the likelihood of successful new companies and social ventures.

Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation) is the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and resources to support aspiring business owners aged 18-39 in the launch and growth of their businesses.

Fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for more than two decades, Futurpreneur has supported more than 12,000 young entrepreneurs launch over 10,000 businesses across Canada.

BDC: We are BDC, the bank for Canadian entrepreneurs. Supporting small and medium-sized businesses in all industries and at every stage.

BDC, Canada’s first B Corp bank. B Corps are certified Beneficial companies. Their purpose is to create value for society as well as money. They meet high standards of transparency and accountability, and create positive social and environmental benefit. Learn more at