WHO WE ARE

The Bridge Fashion Incubator (TBFI) is South-East Asia's first Fashion, Beauty and Fashion-Tech Incubator that bridges the gap between Fashion, Technology and Sustainability. Supported by the Singapore government, the 16-week incubator programme identifies and grooms early stage Fashion, Beauty brands and related Tech startups to refine and validate their products, services or solutions, and commercialisation strategies. Our aim is to bring these businesses closer to market and investor readiness; equipping them with the tools and access to a network for continued fundraising.


THE TEAM


Semun HoCEO
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 Incubator


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.


Cristina VenturaResident Mentor
The Bridge Fashion Incubator

Over the past 20 years, Cristina Ventura has been working in Luxury, Retail and Technology for the world’s most prestigious luxury companies, including LVMH, Gucci, Prada, Apple and Lane Crawford Joyce Group. She is an active investor and advises family offices, venture capital and private equity firms through VenturaXVentures, a consulting, investment and advising firm. Ms. Ventura's most recent role was driving innovation and ecosystem creation at The Lane Crawford Joyce Group - Asia's pre-eminent luxury lifestyle Group. Prior to that, Ms. Ventura had been leading Apple’s high growth expansion in Hong Kong and China, the fastest and largest growth market for Apple globally, and contributed towards Apple’s $8.8 billion revenues in the region. Cristina has also held positions as Regional Director at Prada Group where she oversaw their business growth and preparation of their IPO in Hong Kong, as well as Operations Director for Gucci Europe & Middle East. She also worked for several years at LVMH Fashion Group in Europe and Asia, where she was responsible for business development, marketing and operations.


Grace NandarProgramme Manager
The Bridge Fashion Incubator

Grace is an experienced fashion designer who has dealt with diverse products across various market sectors. With her emphasis on creative thinking and problem-solving, she seeks to create a systematic and seamless framework to journey alongside with the TBFI entrepreneurs.


OUR MISSION

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.


OUR VISION

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.


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