Entrepreneurship Summit Luncheon

Private Networking Lunch featuring PETE Prize Winner 2022

Tuesday, March 21
1:15-3 pm
Dubinsky Student Center (8th Floor)
227 West 27th Street
Fashion Institute of Technology 

For entry to the Entrepreneurship Summit luncheon, an additional and separate ticket must be purchased in addition to a ticket for the Summit.

Luncheon Speakers

Michael Ferraro
Haley Schwartz


The PETE Prize is an FIT DTech Lab, jury-picked merit award competition, which recognizes the excellence of fresh, insightful, and creative ideas. It is envisioned through execution-focused business plans that demonstrate innovative, design-oriented thinking. The PETE Prize workshops and clinics are led by industry entrepreneurs where student teams develop their working ideas with a focus on art, business, design, mass communication, and technology in the fashion industry. This program promotes FIT's innovation, sustainability, and diversity core values. The grand prize-winning team receives $30,000 as well as participation in the Entrepreneur's Incubator Program for one year. Additionally, the winning team receives office space, marketing, legal, financial, creative, and operational guidance on how to build and launch an innovative company.

The PETE Prize was awarded for the first time in 2022 with a small event held on the FIT campus. There is an opportunity to expand the footprint of the prize and the event, creating a fundraising event centered around entrepreneurism and attracting a new set of donors to FIT.  

Haley Schwartz shares her personal story of how she developed Vertige Adaptive.