Call to Apply

We are seeking 12 entrepreneurs interested in building an innovative advanced fabric business in the US. We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until January 16, 2017. The year-long program will launch in February 2018, with monthly sessions held near Central Square, Cambridge MA. If you are passionate about the world of entrepreneurship and commercializing important innovations in the advanced fabrics space domestically, we encourage you to apply. If you have any questions, please contact Beth Kahn at 

Selection Criteria and Application Process

The entrepreneurs will be chosen through a competitive process overseen by a selection committee. Finalists will be notified, and in-person interviews scheduled with the selection committee. 


Participants must be able to commit 8 hours a week (the program intends to minimize its impact on your day job, thus most activities will be held in the evenings and/or weekends) for the length of the program, and must be able to attend the program in person in Cambridge MA. There is no degree or minimum age requirement. Participants in the program must have the appropriate citizenship clearance in order to participate in an educational program. Each participant in the program must be committed to starting their company in the US, the program is not intended for launched companies.

Selection Criteria:

In our review of your application, we will be examining the following:

  • Entrepreneurship track record
  • Alignment with advanced fabrics product space
  • Pre-commercial
  • Personal references
  • We are interested in personal attributes including:
    • Demonstration of commitment to exploring commercialization
    • Resourcefulness, business judgement, and ability to engage partners
    • Need for advanced business experience/training
    • Demonstration of maturity, competency, engagement and communication and leadership skills
  • Former participation in business training programs a plus but not necessary

Application Requirements:

Individuals or teams may apply, one entry per team. There are three parts to the application for AFEP:

  1. Fill out an on-line application in which they will outline details about their team, their idea, the problem they are trying to solve, how they were inspired to solve this problem, their proposed solution, and how they believe this solution might support a sustainable, stand-alone business.
  2. Provide a video in the application. This one-minute video should contain two elements:
    1. Team – who you are, what you do, why you’re on the team (each member should be included).
    2. Idea – provide a short story about the problem you are trying to solve, your proposed solution, and why you feel passionate about this.
  3. Provide a resume/CV and two (2) letters of recommendation
    1. Recommendations should offer a perspective on your work, character and interaction with others, and address your viability as an entrepreneur, as well as the viability of the idea.

All application materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm, Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  

Preliminary Program Schedule: 



Applications Open


Applications Close


Interviews with Selection Committee

2/5 to 2/9/2018

Entrepreneurs Announced


Welcome Reception (AFFOA HQ evening event)


Workshop #1


Workshop #2


Workshop #3