Nest is the startup incubator, exclusively for students and graduates of the University of Portsmouth. Nest is designed help get ideas off of the ground, or take an existing startup to the next level. They offer expert advice and support, workshops, co-working space, networking opportunities, funding opportunities, and a whole host of useful resources.
The Fashion and Textile Design course team are very proud of the students that have been successful in their bids to the Nest funding initiative, they encourage students to become young entrepreneurs, and these success stories show the positive effect that encouragement is having.
“The experience and knowledge we try to give our students, within the enterprise units in Level 5, provides a fantastic insight into how small brands work within the fashion and textile industry. This develops their confidence and expertise, giving them a basis to start their own fashion and textile brands.” – Rachel Homewood, BA Fashion and Textile Design Course Leader.
Faye Clarke is a third year student, passionate about equality and disability awareness within the fashion and textile industry, a passion that originated from her mum suffering with MS.
Faye’s application and project is about incorporating technology for the blind and visually impaired into fashion and textiles making their lives easier for clothing identification and washing, which can then be used for other disabilities.
With the grant, Faye would like to broaden her research and start her own business.
Another successful applicant is Sanna Karjalainen, a second year student, specialising in sustainable fashion. She chose to study at the University of Portsmouth for its visible green values, that have been emphasized especially in the course curriculum.
Sanna applied for Nest funding to establish her sustainable label, Sanna Suvi, and to create clothes from pre- and post-consumer waste materials. Her collection will consist of everyday staple pieces that can easily be combined with other garments.
“Our tutors have been so encouraging and supportive towards my slightly different approach to creating garments and it has been rerally exciting to see how using recycled materials as a starting point has inspired some of my peers to do the same!
Sanna’s ultimate goal is to start building the brand during her time at University, to the point where she can be self-employed by the time she graduates.
Another successful Nest applicant is Hannah Mitchell, who has launched her own lingerie brand, Hayze, which you can read about here.
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