The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator launched by Pratt Institute in November provides business resources, studios and retail space for startups but not in the Garment District, but at the border of Bed-Stuy in Brooklyn. The workspace will house 30 design-oriented startups and provide everything from business mentoring to production resources for computerized knitting and 3-D printing. Startup owners, or “venture fellows,” come in to BF+DA with a goal and receive consultations to help them realize it. Production facilities will allow designers to create their garments or accessories in small quantities, and educational programs aim to help entrepreneurs establish viable businesses over the course of two to three years. While BF+DA is open to designers and startups throughout New York City, it’s not just for entrepreneurs. Pratt Institute will partner with workforce-developing organizations and community residents — specifically unemployed youth — for potential careers in the fashion and design fields. The space also offers a showroom, a retail area and studios for lease.