WHO WE ARE
Where Ideas Ignite
The Bridge Fashion Innovator (TBFI) is a regional Fashion and Lifestyle innovation hub that bridges the gap between Fashion, Technology and Sustainability. Supported by the Singapore government, the 8-week Bootcamp is a structured programme that identifies and grooms early-stage startups in the Fashion and Lifestyle sector to refine and validate their products, services or solutions; as well as business and commercialisation strategies through knowledge transfer from industry mentors and a series of design thinking workshops. Our aim is to bring these businesses closer to market and investor readiness. Beyond the boot camp, participants will also be exposed to the innovation community through networking and events, equipping them with the knowledge, tools and opportunities for business partnership and continued fundraising.
Textile and Fashion Federation
Semun is the CEO of the Singapore Textiles & Fashion Federation (TaFF), which supports The Bridge Fashion Incubator (TBFI). Semun brings a wealth of knowledge in building companies and driving rapid growth, with more than two decades of business and tech experience. Semun's vision of building a community of fashion designers and related tech startups underpins the creation of The Bridge Fashion Incubator. Her mission is to create a community of successful designers, entrepreneurs, creators and technologists who are focused on the fashion value chain, and help them achieve both local and international exposure by facilitating relationships with relevant brands, businesses, partners and potential investors.
Dr Charles Ling, Ph.DSenior Director
The Bridge Fashion Innovator
Charles is passionate about innovation, education and technology. He has a track record of helming innovation, education and technology corporations with leadership roles like Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff in startup and public-listed companies. He founded Strategic Technology Management Institute (STMI) of the National University of Singapore and was also a board member of various subsidiaries of Berjaya Corporation. Charles has a Doctorate of Philosophy degree from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in the research area of Computer Integrated Manufacturing.
Is to unleash a new wave of Singapore-based businesses that build superior products, services, and solutions across fashion, beauty and lifestyle product and service design, fashion tech, and retail tech.
Our job: to enable them to address issues innovatively, compete internationally, and ensure environmental and commercial sustainability.
An initiative of the Singapore Textile and Fashion Federation (TaFF), a non-profit trade association vested in the growth of the local fashion industry - we provide a virtual and real space where fashion designers and brands can engage with tech entrepreneurs and specialists.
By bringing together sectors that typically operate in parallel and traditionally have spoken different languages, we believe we can facilitate conversations that will underpin superior products and services.