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Fund The Runway

FTR is a social funding platform bringing together those searching for the latest fashion with the independent designers creating them.

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  • Location San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Currency USD
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Company Summary

FTR created a website for designers to post their portfolios to members in search of funding to expand their business. The two biggest challenges a designer faces are funding and exposure, so FTR hopes to solve for both of these. Members can view multiple categories of fashion and put money towards a designer or item of interest for a reward in return. Members get to view/purchase the latest trends before they ever hit stores.


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    Sarah Marie Smith
    CEO / Co-Founder

    Sarah graduated with an honors MBA from Regis University in Denver in 2009. Wanting to gain more experience on a global level, she moved to Dublin, Ireland to study for a second master's in International Business. Sarah's background is in finance and marketing, but she's always had a passion for the fashion industry. After talking with new fashion designers in the San Francisco area, she decided to start the online business, Fund The Runway.

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    Neil Sands
    COO / Co-Founder

    Neil is a double master's graduate most recently completing his MBA from Smurfit College in Ireland, his native country. He moved to San Francisco two years ago to work in the tech industry where he is head of Market Development for a software company. When Sarah presented her fashion idea, Neil was quick to partner with her providing input on the technology needed to be successful.