Every crafty DIYer seems to be an entrepreneur these days, thanks to Etsy. If you’re a green fashion designer who sells individual, handmade pieces cottage industry style, but dreams of Stella McCartney-esque eco-fashion fame, now’s a good time to put together a business plan. Why? It could win you €25,000 (about $39,000 U.S.) and a fashion show at Amsterdam International Fashion Week
. (via Ecouterre
All you need are design two outfits and a business plan to enter The Green Fashion Competition
, launched by Amsterdam International Fashion Week and the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature, and Food Quality. Since 2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, your submission should show how you “aim to create a fashion business while sustaining biodiversity.”
You do, however, have to be one of the 40 designers selected by the jury to officially enter your two outfits and business plan. So the first hurdle is to send your portfolio in for review
by Sept. 30. If you’re in the top 40, you’ll get to officially enter the contest. Those 40 entrants will be narrowed down to eight, who’ll each be awarded €1250 to craft two final outfits, which will be showcased during the 14th Amsterdam International Fashion Week. At that show, both the €25,000 first prize winner and €15,000 second prize winner will be announced.
The contest is open to designers everywhere and has no application fee — so there’s nothing keeping you from entering the contest! If you are chosen as one of the final eight, however, you will need to pay your own way to Amsterdam International Fashion Week. Best of luck!