Isabelle Ohnemus, founder/CEO of EyeFitU, Leanne Luce, founder of Omura, Tania Boler, founder of ELVIE and Giusy Cannone, managing director of Fashion Technology Accelerator give us a glimpse into their experiences, challenges and the lessons that they have learnt along the way.
Can you tell us a little bit about your career path?
[Leanne Luce]:Like many entrepreneurs in the fashion technology space, my career path has not been a straight shot. I graduated from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with a BFA in Apparel Design. After a few experiences in the fashion industry in New York, I knew that the industry was on its way to undergoing massive technological change. I am starting seeking opportunities in which people were challenging the status quo.
[Giusy Cannone]: I’m an industrial engineer. After graduated I immediately decided to work on new enterprises and startups. I’ve worked for some months in the US for the Kauffman Foundation. Then I decided to come back to Italy and covered some roles such as Investment Manager in the largest Italian business angels group. Afterwards, I decided to join Fashion Technology Accelerator as Managing Director to start-up this fantastic concept in an exciting and growing organization.
What made you decide to pursue the careers that you are in?
[Tania Boler]: I’ve always been passionate about women’s health. After my pregnancy, I realised a lot of issues women face are often swept under the rug, one of which was how neglected pelvic floor health is. I never planned to start a tech company, but I realised there was a massive need for innovative and empathic technology to support women, and so I founded Elvie.
[Leanne Luce]: My career has been focused on two big ideas in the fashion space: customisation and augmentation. Customization, led by the manufacturing side of the apparel industry and augmentation by the wearables side. I’ve done some experiments in the customisation space including Omura. A cryptocurrency hardware wallet company you featured recently at FashNerd. I’ve also worked on several wearable robotic exoskeletons under military contracts at institutions like Harvard and Otherlab.