How did joining Factory45 help you?
Factory45 gave me clear steps on how to focus to my idea. I learned about how strong social media can be for a brand just starting out way before they are even ready to launch. I started writing blog posts, which in no way was a skill I ever thought I had before joining Factory45. Since completing Factory45 I have successfully been funded on Kickstarter and I am starting my first production run of NIA on June 5th! Since the campaign I have been connecting with some cool media platforms that are growing in the sustainable fashion industry. In the coming weeks I will be working with one online magazine to do a video interview and a mini editorial for NIA! I am so excited! I think starting Factory45 gave me the ability to better connect with my creative side and others in the sustainable fashion industry.
In your opinion, what is the most valuable thing about Factory45?
I don’t think Factory45 could be what it is without the incredible community within the program. You are connected with other people going through the same thing as you but have all such different and wonderful ideas! It has been a huge help to have friends to reach out to, throw a problem out there and get some truly helpful advice.
The personal connection you have with Shannon is also an enormous help. The moments that would typically feel like you want to break down and not know where to turn, she always has an answer to help get you to the next step. Just last night, Shannon hosted a live workshop in Soho, New York and I was able to meet her and multiple other people from Factory45!
It is so refreshing to be able to have a core group of people who share your beliefs and you can connect with. I got to meet a few fellow entrepreneurs who have some inspiring stories and we are now staying connected and will be having meetups once in a while to bounce ideas off each other! In just under a year I have met so many people who share my vision. I think that is a big motivation to keep going!
What were some big or small milestones you hit after going through Factory45?
Wow, there are honestly so many positive things I could say in response to this question. I was successfully funded on Kickstarter, I have made valuable connections in the sustainable fashion industry, I have learned so much about marketing, branding, how to focus on growth and being able to envision the future of NIA.