What I’ve Learned with the Factory45 Accelerator Program

What I've Learned with the Factory45 Accelerator Program

Remember when I posted about the Factory45 Accelerator Program in February? I wrote about it because I thought it was a great program, but I didn’t intend to apply. My friends and family encouraged me to because they knew I wanted to start a clothing line. I shrugged off their suggestions at first, but then decided I had nothing to lose by emailing Shannon. I shared my idea with her and she urged me to join the program.

After being accepted into the Factory45 program, I didn’t know what to expect. I knew there would be five modules focusing on different topics, but I didn’t know how hands-on Shannon would be. From the beginning, she guided us through every topic with videos, exercises and office hours to answer any questions. Even though the program ended a month ago, I’m still not done going through the modules. Since I’m still at my full-time job, I’m taking my time in completing every exercise.

Things have been moving pretty quickly since I announced I will launch Sotela. I’m currently finalizing fabrics, reaching out to production partners and in the process of rebranding. Within the following weeks, will be part of 

In April, Shannon visited LA and several of us went to Eagle Fabrics to look at fabric swatches. It was the first time I went to a fabric showroom and touched eco fabrics.


Another one from yesterday’s visit to Eagle Fabrics. Sorting through in-stock and eco-friendly options in the showroom.


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I honestly couldn’t have gotten this far without Shannon’s help. Her guidance has been invaluable and it has given me the confidence I need to continue on this journey of entrepreneurship.

From last week’s visit to Eagle Fabrics in LA, sorting through samples with @hannabaror.

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If I had tried starting Sotela on my own, I probably would have taken years. Factory45 is definitely an investment worth taking if you want to start a sustainable apparel line!

* Even though I was in the program, I wasn’t asked to write this post! My opinions are my own 🙂

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