Athens Fashion Business Incubator “The Fashion Gate” uses innovative solutions to mentor and promote fashion entrepreneurs by bridging the gap between design education and business enterprise. It provides design and business development training to Athens’ and generally Greece’s fashion entrepreneurs through mentorship, workshops and seminars. Its Designer-In-Residence program mentors up to ten business start-ups at a time for 1 year providing each with work and office space equipped with the technology and production equipment to design, make, and market their products to the trade and the end consumer. The mentorship and support comes from design experts who provide creative direction for developing full seasonal product collections, technicians that teach modern methods for making and grading patterns, producing samples, and managing production, textile engineers for the best choice of fabrics and sustainable materials, and business professionals for legal, financial, and marketing acumen that give the emerging entrepreneurs the know-how and confidence to critically-think through the challenges of launching a business.