JOIN OVER 1,000 ATTENDEES DRIVING FASHION & RETAIL INNOVATION
THE RIGHT PEOPLE. THE RIGHT CONVERSATIONS.
The Lead’s Flagship Event, The Innovation Summit is where the entire fashion and retail innovation community converges to explore what comes next for the industry.
You’ll learn from and connect with the thought leaders and risk takers shaping the fashion industry — Start-up tech CEOs who are imagining the future, DNVB founders forging new business models, and brand & retail leaders who are reinventing and repositioning the industry. Join forces with dealmakers, investors, press, academics and industry influencers.
Keynotes and breakout panels supply the strategic and tactical discussions, while the Innovation Village is a 15,000 square foot assemblage of all things innovation (and hospitality). Tomorrow’s brands live side-by side with tomorrow’s technology in a relationships first setting.
Brands and retailers, digital natives, tech start-ups, investors, dealmakers, analysts, real estate operators, enterprise tech leaders, creatives, academics and media comprise the 1,000+ individuals at The Lead Innovation Summit.
The Lead’s fashion and retail community touches apparel, footwear, accessories, beauty and home.
Designed for an elevated discussion in an elevated environment, The Lead Innovation Summit brings together the following:
Brands & Retailers
Opportunities to collaborate, learn and ‘see around the corner’ is what brings fashion brands and retailers to The Lead Innovation Summit. In two days, generate four months of progress. Survey a curated group of problem solving tech start-ups, exchange perspectives with leading investors, dive deep with digital natives and uncover common ground for rapid innovation and access to the people and tools for growth.
Established and growth stage brands and retailers are eligible for complimentary passes to The Lead Innovation Summit. To request a pass email our Audience Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
Digital Native Brands
Develop a foundation for growth by creating brand, retailer, technology and investor partnerships, while engaging conversations around best practices.
Discover the latest technologies, business trends, consumer behaviors and opportunities to accelerate business — under one roof in The Innovation Village at The Lead Innovation Summit.
Many digital native brands at The Innovation Summit have been nominated for or selected to The Foremost 50. These companies are eligible for complimentary passes. For details on The Foremost 50 List click here. To inquire about complimentary passes click here.
Investors & Dealmakers
The industry’s leading minds, innovators, titans and upstarts collect at The Lead Innovation Summit. Brands and retailers connect to start-ups, start-ups connect to digital natives and digital natives connect to brands and retailers.
This is the place to engage these relationships, meet these leaders and hear perspectives guiding investment principles and informing evaluations.
Tech Start-Ups & Innovators
Engage across the The Lead community and bring your subject matter expertise to The Innovation Village. The Lead Innovation Summit focuses on well-funded, industry-leading, problem solving, high velocity innovators. Ranging from early to growth stage, join peers from across the fashion-retail-commerce value chain and uniquely share your vision for the industry’s evolution.
With a heavy emphasis on innovation, learn from and connect with the change makers committed to evolving the fashion and retail industry.
Unique opportunities exist for seed stage and early stage companies. Email email@example.com for details.
Intimate Break-Out Sessions
Break-out into panel discussions, problem talks & roundtables. Challenge your peers & discover new approaches with a cross-section of industry leaders.
The Lead Innovation Village
Explore new technologies & connect to digital native brands in the 20,000 sq. foot Innovation Village — the connection driving interactive experience at the heart of the Summit.
Industry luminaries deliver lesson oriented keynotes & firesides, diving deep into corporate culture, customer centricity & business model shifts.
THE BRANDS OF TOMORROW
These digital native vertical brands are remaking the fashion and retail landscape. Connect with many of them in the Innovation Village — a 20,000 square foot space of digital native pop-ups, technology activations and tomorrow’s tech start-ups — an experiential activation that lives at the heart of The Lead Innovation Summit.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
The Brooklyn Expo Center | 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Brooklyn, what are you waiting for? Less than 30 min. from Midtown Manhattan and 20 min. from SoHo, Williamsburg sits at the nexus of fashion, technology & media. The undisputed capital of creativity, come see why Adidas, BMW & Amazon do their best brainstorming in this neighborhood.
30 minute drive from Midtown Manhattan, 20 minute drive from SoHo
Each year, The Lead investigates the most innovative start-ups with the strongest businesses. Deeply concerned with innovation, investor value creation, and category leadership, The Foremost 50 and The Leading 100 curate the break-out start-ups across the digital native and tech start-up landscape.
The Foremost 50 list recognizes the DTC digital native brands that are reinventing & redefining the future of the fashion & retail industry.
The Leading 100 recognizes the break-out technology start-ups driving innovation in the fashion & retail industry.
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