About

About a tight knit team with a passion.

A management consulting firm, providing business advices to startups and young enterprises. We operate at the intersection of fashion and technology industries.

As Fashion Technology Accelerator Milan, we are part of an international network.

In 2012, the first FTA office was opened in Redwood City, in the heart of Silicon Valley, founded by a group of fashion and technology entrepreneurs with 25 years of experience in the industry.

In 2013, after a year of rapid growth, we decided to expand globally, setting up two additional offices, in Milan and Seoul respectively.

In Milan, we collaborate closely with FTA Silicon Valley. This enables us to bring in international expertise regarding investments, fundraising, and technology. On the other hand, FTA Seoul provides expertise in accessing emerging markets. Being highly industry-specific and having an international reach, we can provide the best acceleration consulting for fashion tech startups, assisting our clients in all aspects of achieving growth and valorization of their companies.

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Industry ties to make you stronger.

Industry ties to make you stronger.
Ranging from fashion to technology, we are able to oversee and advise on almost every aspect of the strategic development for a startup.

We have solid and reliable partners across several industries, because we don’t play solo, but we play hard.

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e-PITTI

e-PITTI.com is a project of Pitti Immagine, launched in June 2011. It hosts the digital version of Pitti Uomo, Pitti W, Pitti Bimbo and Pitti Filati. The platform, created by FieraDigitale, is a professional and innovative tool which maximizes the potential of trade shows always accessible from anywhere around the world. It provides an online stand where exhibitors can present collections, trends and products to international buyers certified by Pitti Immagine. It is a tool for acquiring, profiling and developing visitors’ database as well as an incentive for companies for new business and contacts opportunities.
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Decoded Fashion

Decoded Fashion is the top global event series connecting decision-makers in Fashion, Beauty and Retail with emerging and established technology companies.
DF mission is to expose the fashion community to new ideas, demystify technology and foster creative partnerships between tech startups, designers, retailers and media professionals in highly interactive summit formats.

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We Manage

Events include top-level speaker session, live demonstrations, hackathons, mentorship sessions and fashion startup competitions in New York, London, Tokyo and Milan.
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FashionBI

Fashionbi is the world leader in business intelligence for the fashion industry. They forecast, analyze and report performances of brands, their benchmarks and client perceptions in 90 countries. Through the biggest database of brand performances, worldwide availability and a passionate international team of analysts, Fashionbi connects the dots behind the data, enabling smart decisions for improving and optimizing marketing efforts.
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Fash & Tech

Fash&Tech started as a meetup group in Tel Aviv, in May 2013. since then, they grew into a community of over 1,500 members, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, brands, designers and everyone else interested in fashion innovation.
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Fashion for Good

As a holistic and inclusive open-source initiative, Fashion for Good invites the global fashion industry to reimagine how fashion is designed, made, worn and reused.
Fashion for Good aims to promote the five “Goods” of a new, transformed fashion industry: Good Materials, Good Economy, Good Energy, Good Water, and Good Lives. In pursuit of this goal, Fashion for Good enables the fashion industry to embrace innovation, change its business models and adopt a totally new mindset.
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Greatcontent

Greatcontent is a web content provider supporting e-commerce and digital companies in the creation and localization of SEO-optimized content.
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Stentle

Stentle is an Omnichannel Commerce Platform (SaaS) optimized for the Fashion industry that allows companies to build exceptional customer-focused experience. With Stentle, Fashion Brands, Designers and Retailers can realize a wide range of initiatives from standard single-store e-commerce to 100%marketplace platform or from mobile commerce apps to multi-sided platforms. Key distinctive features are: catalog optimized for Fashion, flexible and rich product page presentation, 1-step checkout process, geo pricing, advanced RMA, product collections, outfit builder and multi-merchant marketplace. Stentle allows all possible business models (B2C, B2B, B2B2C, C2C and C2B) and is Internet of Things Ready, that means it’s possible to set up customer journeys that develop across beacons, RFID tags, Wi-Fi captive portals.
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Cippest

Cippest is a web agency qualified in creation, optimization and management of e-commerce. Prestashop is the platform of choice from 2010. This path places today the company among the firsts in Italy and Europe for competence and expertise in the management of this fantastic open source.
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Penguinpass

Penguinpass is an access management system for events with specific solutions for the fashion world. Created and clipped to the needs of both the organizers and guests, this revolutionary system allows the users to live a new and exclusive experience. Unlike other systems Penguinpass provides a dynamic list that can recognize guests waiting to access without having to ask them the name, an experience of extraordinarily innovative welcoming. Thanks to the integrated system for the recognition of the presence the event management is done in real time, controlling flows within the location and ensuring the security that the guest is really who you are waiting for, one essential tool to limit the number of “unwanted presences”. At the same time the guests app allow them to manage invitations with simple clicks and be guided step by step towards their seating or points of interest in the event.
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DSTech (Vseen)

VSeen is a Visual Search Engine that can analyze and identify colour, shape and pattern of the clothes inside images. 1. E-commerce visual tools: Recommendation System, to suggest the most combinable products or similar ones. Search Engine. To allow products across categories to be found by similar colour, pattern or shape; without using any metadata. Inventory Manager, save you time and money, treducing tagging activity end error caused by mistakes in metadata inserting. Auto-tagging, auto–classification, duplicates detector. 2. Trend Analysis Platform to discover the preferences of social networks users on colours, shapes and patterns, understand their preferred items and their opinion on your products (Sentiment Analysis), identify influencers and track marketing campaign. 3. Anti-counterfeiting Service. To identify unauthorized e-commerce and fake products sold on other marketplaces like eBay or Etzy.
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Infobip

Since 2002, Infobip’s mission has been to create seamless interactions between people and enterprises through mobile. Today, more than 200,000 customers and 300 mobile operators trust Infobip to provide amazing mobile experiences, thus creating a better mobile world. As an integral part of the SMS industry evolution, we are committed to building mobile services that just work while having fun in the process.
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Siteimprove

Siteimprove transforms the way organizations manage and deliver their digital presence. Unlock new insights to gain complete visibility across your content quality, performance, and visitor behavior.
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Italian Angels for Growth

IAG is the largest business angels network in Italy, with more than 120 members. The investment focus is on seed stage startups and the investment size is between € 200.000 and € 800.000. Through its members and co-investors, IAG has invested more than € 24M, contributing to the growth of 28 innovative startups.
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Tech Silu

Tech Silu is promoting the creation of a seed fund for Italian startups, building the first cross-continental demo day to match Chinese and Italian communities. Tech Silu selects the best Italian startups which have great attractiveness for Chinese investors.
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Istituto Marangoni

Today Marangoni Institute is an established and recognized aesthetic laboratory of European-style culture with a specifically Italian imprint. Working with the most interesting names in fashion and design, teachers are able to pass on their expertise to train the excellence of tomorrow’s industry professionals, enabling them to contextualize classroom learning in the realities of the marketplace. The path includes constant contact with the best companies in fashion and design, who look to the Istituto for new individuals to work in their companies.
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Vente-Privee Impulse

VENTE-PRIVEE, THE EUROPEAN E-COMMERCE LEADER, IS THE PRODUCT OF A CONSTANT PROCESS OF INNOVATION THAT HAS ALWAYS DRIVEN OUR BUSINESS.
To keep breaking the mould in its preeminent sector – fashion – vente-privee is opting for open innovation to support the growth of the best European start-ups that are creating new on- and offline consumption patterns for tomorrow’s fashion.
The vente-privee accelerator, an initiative originally developed by Jacques-Antoine Granjon and his team, is part of an ambitious R&D plan that aims to assist and spur changes in e-commerce.
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Skolkovo Foundation

Skolkovo Foundation is the principal agency responsible for the Russian Skolkovo Innovation Center, a scientific and technological centre for the development and commercialisation of advanced technologies. It is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 and charged by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev with creating a new science and technology development centre in the Moscow suburb of Skolkovo. The Skolkovo innovation system comprises the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SkolTech) established in partnership with MIT, corporate R&D centres, business incubators, private seed and venture funds, and start-up companies, as well as residential space and social infrastructure. It is a city with over 30,000 residents and employees.
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Centre for Fashion Enterprise

CFE International specialises in strategic planning and organisational development. Through their expert knowledge they can empower organisations at a local level and the global marketplace. CFE international is highly respected for its expertise in fashion business development with a proven track record. Satisfied clients looking to develop their fashion sector include public and private organisations in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. They enable clients identify economic and cultural opportunities and provide solutions to act upon and develop through suitable platforms.
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Fashnerd

As one of the fastest growing digital magazines writing about fashion technology and wearables, FashNerd.com’s foundation is based on the need to start an open conversation about the merger of fashion with technology.
Founded January 2015 by Muchaneta Kapfunde and Mano ten Napel, this digital magazine is required reading for those addicted to the fashion tech, IoT and the wearable tech space. “FashNerd does not seek to shape opinions, we instead arm readers with the kind of knowledge that helps them approach the ever-evolving fashion tech space with an open mind”, said Muchaneta.
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Loomish

Loomish provides digital investment consultancy services in the fashion and retail industry. Loomish advises on mergers and acquisitions within the ecosystem. Loomish offers an innovative opportunity for promising start-ups in the Fashion Digital Lab in Ticino.
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IT4Fashion

IT4Fashion is an industrial and scientific conference and exhibition where fashion companies, brands, practitioners, researchers and software houses, from all the Europe, discuss on IT technologies in the field of fashion and luxury.
The conference represents, since its first edition, a unique event where fashion companies present their greatest success stories in the application of IT solutions, together with keynotes on new technologies and IT solutions made by leading industry experts.
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Innogest

Innogest is a venture capital company founded in 2006 with offices in Turin, Milan, San Francisco and Berlin. It manages investment funds with a total value of €180 million and it invests in innovative companies active in the digital and and medical sectors, with a focus on seed and early stage ventures. With regard to the digital practice, Innogest has developed specific expertise and track record in the foodtech, fintech and fashion-tech fields.
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