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Pratt’s accelerator lands nearly $500K to spur socially-conscious fashion tech

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator received a grant from the Department of Commerce for its efforts in sustainable fashion technology.

An endless supply of yarn produced by a colony of bacteria. A blockchain-powered ledger that tells you exactly how your clothes came to be. Beautiful fabric that comes straight out of a 3D printer.

These are just some of the ideas brewing at Pratt Institute‘s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA). Housed in the Pfizer Building — which has also attracted a plethora of food-tech startups such as urban-farming accelerator Square Roots and aquaponics farm VertiCulture — the BF+DA serves as a laboratory of sorts for innovations such as 3D knitting and sustainable fabrics, as well as a space for fashion and design entrepreneurs. This week, the accelerator announced that it has been selected to receive a $486,000 research grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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