Some lucky designers and architects in Brooklyn will soon have a new place to call home thanks to the Pratt Institute. Today, the institute announced that it is launching a new initiative called The Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator (BFDA) to provide a shared workspace for up to 30 design start-ups. The new accelerator program will occupy a 15,000-square-foot space in the former Pfizer building in Williamsburg. The Pratt Institute says the new space will also provide interdisciplinary workspace with a diverse set of resources including traditional apparel production to high-tech digital fabrication and business development mentoring.

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The initiative was created to keep the maker movement in Brooklyn going and to create jobs by supporting start-ups and manufacturing. In a city where square-footage is priced in the hundreds, a shared workspace could be the most important thing to give up-and-coming entrepreneurs a chance to grow and flourish.

At the same time, the BFDA will instill green thinking principles committing everyone to ethical production and the reduction of environmental impacts. The program will integrate local sourcing, zero-waste production, and upcycling materials practices into the businesses at the BFDA.

The new accelerator program hopes to follow the success of a previous 2002 design program, the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation. Pratt’s Incubator helped to create over 30 new companies and more than 50 jobs in the sectors of fashion design, product design, social entrepreneurship, and green consulting services.

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