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FashMash Young Pioneers is our mentoring programme designed to support and nurture the next generation of industry talent dedicated to driving transformational change.

We team 12 senior FashMash members with a select group of those at the beginning of their careers. The programme is intended to be inclusive for all, but is designed particularly to support ethnic minorities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. It launched in 2020 in direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the wider ramifications of COVID-19, with a goal to actively provide opportunities for these less represented groups to succeed in the fashion industry.

After a highly successful first cohort, our second intake is running throughout 2022-23. This time, the scheme is focused specifically on those looking to shape the future of fashion through a sustainability lens.

For anyone interested in joining a future Young Pioneers programme, please sign up for our

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FashMash Young Pioneers


By becoming a Young Pioneer, you gain access to a six-month programme that includes:  

  • Monthly mentoring sessions from a senior FashMash member 

  • Regular contact with FashMash co-founders for further support and opportunities 

  • An intimate launch event hosted by FashMash co-founders 

  • Whatsapp group with fellow recipients of Young Pioneers 

  • Opportunity to arrange meetups with the network of Young Pioneers 

  • Invitation to the FashMash community’s networking events 

  • Complimentary tickets to all FashMash Pioneers speaker series 

  • Programme of coaching sessions and talks from sustainability experts focused on  personal and professional development 

  • The Business of Fashion (BoF) will also be supporting the Young Pioneers 2022-23 cohort with complimentary access to BoF Professional, providing agenda-setting intelligence, guidance and advice needed to navigate a career in the global fashion industry. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Those in an entry-level position (within the first three years of employment) at a company within or associated with the fashion industry

  • Able to demonstrate a dedication to shaping a more sustainable fashion future through your career goals 

  • Under 27 years old

  • UK-based


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