Vlisco Fashion Fund competition
Terms & conditions

Participation in the Vlisco Fashion Fund Competition (the “Vlisco Fashion Fund”) is regulated by the following terms and conditions (the “T&C”).


The organizer of the Vlisco Fashion Fund is Vlisco Netherlands B.V., a company incorporated in accordance with the laws of the Netherlands with its registered address at Helmond, the Netherlands (5701 PH), Binnen Parallelweg 27 (“Vlisco”).


Vlisco requests that the Vlisco Fashion Fund Applicant (the “Applicant”) reviews and agrees to the T&C before applying for the Vlisco Fashion Fund program.


1. Application

Applicants wishing to participate in the Vlisco Fashion Fund will be asked to submit a personal business case (the “Business Case”) together with their personal details through the website https://www.vlisco.com/fashionfund/pitch/ ultimately on the 30th of September 2018. The Business Case should clearly define the short and long term business goals of the Applicant and should contain a motivation explaining why they wish to work with Vlisco.


2. Acceptance T&C

Registration through the website https://www.vlisco.com/fashionfund/pitch/
and submitting the application, implies Applicant’s unconditional and full acceptance of the provisions of these T&C. Applicant furthermore guarantees that all submitted information is correct and consents that they are the author of the Business Case.

Resident applicants in Côte d’Ivoire are invited to read and approve without reservation the present terms and conditions of the Vlisco Fashion Fund Côte d’Ivoire before registering.


3. Use of information

By applying for the Vlisco Fashion Fund, Applicant gives Vlisco irrevocable permission to upload their business pitch on the website www.vlisco.com and use their name, portrait and photographs of their work, including the information they have uploaded with the application. Vlisco may use the aforementioned information for any announcements regarding the Vlisco Fashion Fund in all (social) media, including radio, television and internet.


Applicants participating in the Vlisco Fashion Fund may not make any public statements or release any other information relating to the Vlisco Fashion Fund to the media (including social media) without Vlisco’s prior written approval.


4. Applicants

The Vlisco Fashion Fund is open to early stage start-ups in the fashion and tailoring industry, with no more than 3 years of work experience and can have no more than 2 employees. Tailoring experience is essential and Applicant must demonstrate that the funding of EUR 5,000 is necessary to move their start-up forward. Applicants must reside in Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, DRC, Ivory Coast or Global — all other countries outside the 6 participating countries — and must upload all the required documents (see Annex and website) online in order to complete their application.


In the event of winning the Vlisco Fashion Fund, Applicant needs to be willing and personally available to attend the Vlisco Fashion Fund Winners Event on the 30th of November 2018, simultaneously held in the following cities: Cotonou, Lomé, Accra, Lagos, Kinshasa and Abidjan. For the Global winner, a separate event will be organised. The Applicant must also be available to attend the fully catered two-week master class course in The Netherlands in March 2019, organised by the Central Marketing Team in The Netherlands. In addition, the winning Applicant must be willing and available to participate in promotional activities such as, but not limited to, interviews with press and local Vlisco events and – on a contractual basis – work together with Vlisco stores and local marketing teams when required throughout the year.


Applicant warrants that he/she is the sole creator of the uploaded work in the Business Case and the sole legal and beneficial owner of the copyrights and all other rights arising from the Business Case. Vlisco may conduct — also through specifically appointed representatives — autonomous checks in order to ascertain the accuracy of the uploaded data and material included in the application form and Business Case. In case of misrepresentations, Applicants may be disqualified.


5. Duration

Applications for the Vlisco Fashion Fund can submitted through https://www.vlisco.com/fashionfund/pitch/ from the 22nd August 2018 at 0.00 CET until the 30th September 2018 at 23.59 CET (the “Application Period”). The application shall be deemed successful when online registration is completed and the application (including all the requested documents, such as the Business Case) has been received by Vlisco. An email confirming receipt of the application will be sent to the email address provided by the Applicant.


6. Vlisco Fashion Fund Round 1

Vlisco will screen all online entries and selected Applicants will be invited for an interview between the 2nd  and the 10th of October 2018. Consequently, 3 candidates per country — 21 in total — will be selected to go through to the finale. In the event that an Applicant has not been contacted by Vlisco before the 2nd of October 2018, he/she has not qualified for the finale. Vlisco has the right — without obligation — to publish the name of the 21 finalists on its website www.vlisco.com and on its social media channels.


7. Vlisco Fashion Fund Round 2 (the finale)

On October 14th 2018, the 21 finalists will be presented with a design brief and are given 28 days to complete the assignment which entails the design and creation of 5 outfits and of the content for the final presentation. On the 30th of November 2018, a panel of international judges (noted professionals and entrepreneurs connected with the African fashion industry) will assess and choose the 7 winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund. All winners’ names will be revealed at the Vlisco Fashion Fund Winners Event. This event will be held on the 16th of November in 6 countries and is broadcast globally. The Global Event (for candidates who live outside the 6 African countries) is broadcast on the same day. Vlisco has the right — without obligation — to publish the content of the 7 winning creations as well as names, portraits etc. of the winners on its website https://www.vlisco.com and on its social media channels.


8. Prize

The winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund will receive a funding of EUR 5,000 and a fully catered two-week Master Class in The Netherlands at ‘Meester Coupeur’ (the “Prize”)as organized by the Central Marketing Team in The Netherlands. The funding of EUR 5,000 must be invested into the business to facilitate growth. Copies of invoices related to these business investments must be sent to the local Vlisco marketing teams who will reimburse the invested amounts up to the agreed fund of EUR 5,000.


9. The Follow Up

The winners of the Vlisco Fashion Fund commit to working together — at reasonable request and on a contractual basis — with Vlisco, acting as Ambassadors of the Vlisco brand for a period of 1 year to support promotional activities. An agenda for the events will be defined by the local Vlisco stores in combination with the Central Marketing team in the Netherlands.


In addition, all winners are expected to demonstrate how their investment was spent and monitor the benefits the investment has made on their business throughout the year. Vlisco reserves the right— without obligation — to use this content for post-event publicity, and to use the Applicant’s name, portrait and content for promotional and media purposes, without owing any compensation to the Applicant.


10. Code of conduct

Applicant will be an ambassador for Vlisco and should act as a role model at all times, both online and in person. Applicants need to be of irreproachable conduct. This includes but is not limited to news coverage related to sexual relations, alcohol abuse or scandals of any kind. Images showing Applicants smoking will not be accepted.


Applicants are not allowed during the aforementioned period to have any relations with Vlisco’s direct or indirect competition and/or counterfeit products. The Prize may be withdrawn by Vlisco if it turns out that an Applicant is either directly or indirectly involved in competition and/or counterfeit products.


11. Intellectual Property

Applicant acknowledges and agrees that the creations that have been made by Applicant during the participation in the Vlisco Fashion Fund shall be photographed and captured on video and photo, primarily for the (promotion of the) Vlisco Fashion Fund. Applicant hereby gives Vlisco irrevocable permission to use without limitation all video and/or photo on which Applicant’s creations are shown for any conceivable commercial purpose, before, during and after the Vlisco Fashion Fund, always and unconditional.


The creations and the creative design will be owned by the Applicant after completion. Vlisco will give credits to the Applicant at all times when using images of the creations for commercial purposes.


Vlisco’s fabrics, designs and brands are protected by intellectual property rights (“IP rights”). Applicant fully and unconditionally respects Vlisco’s IP rights. Applicant represents and warrants that the Applicant, will refrain from any actions which could infringe Vlisco’s IP rights and the goodwill connected thereto, or could reduce or even prevent the protection or enforcement of IP rights by Vlisco.


Applicant represents and warrants that all creations will be original and personal creations of the Applicant and/or the Applicant’s employees and that these creations do not infringe intellectual property rights of any third parties.


12. Release of Liability

By entering the competition, Applicants release, discharge and hold harmless Vlisco, its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, employees and agents from any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Vlisco Fashion Fund.


Furthermore, Vlisco is not responsible for faulty or incorrect phone/email transmissions, incorrect announcements of any kind, technical, hardware or software failures of any kind including any injury or damage to any person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in or experiencing any materials in connection with the Vlisco Fashion Fund, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions that may limit a person’s ability to participate in the Vlisco Fashion Fund. Vlisco accepts no responsibility for late, lost, incomplete, inaccurate or damaged applications, or undeliverable emails resulting from any form or active or passive email filtering by a person’s internet service provider and/or email client or for insufficient space in user’s email account to receive email.


13. Termination

Vlisco reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to terminate, close, suspend, reinstate or amend in whole or in part, the Vlisco Fashion Fund at any time without prior notice for any reason whatsoever. All decisions by Vlisco with respect to all aspects of the Vlisco Fashion Fund shall be final and binding. All entrants agree to abide by all of the instructions and decisions of Vlisco. In the event of any dispute regarding the interpretation of these T&C or any decision rendered by Vlisco, the decision or interpretation of Vlisco shall prevail.


14. Governing Law

The Vlisco Fashion Fund and these T&C are governed by Dutch law and are subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the Netherlands.


15. Contact Details

To contact Vlisco regarding the Vlisco Fashion Fund please write to the Marketing Department of Vlisco in the Netherlands, email: [email protected].


16. Data Protection

Applicant’s personal data submitted in connection with the Vlisco Fashion Fund will be retained, stored and used by Vlisco in connection with the execution of the Vlisco Fashion Fund. Applying for and participate in the Vlisco Fashion Fund is deemed consent for Vlisco to use the personal data for the purposes as set out in these T&C.