CANEX Africa @ Portugal Fashion Programme 2024

Deadline: 31st of December, 2023

The African Export-Import Bank’s Creative Africa Nexus (CANEX) and Portugal’s National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE) have launched a call for applications from African, Caribbean, and Diaspora Fashion Designers to participate in the fifth edition of CANEX Presents Africa @ Portugal Fashion, which will take place in Porto, Portugal from March 12 to 16, 2024.

CANEX Presents Africa @ Portugal Fashion serves as a platform for the growth of new fashion designers by facilitating the transfer of talents through mentorship from industry professionals, as well as giving market access chances to enhance production, sales, and distribution.The program’s goal is to offer participants with the skills they need to build financially viable firms with the ability to expand, as well as assistance with go-to-market and internationalisation strategies.

The programme has a blended format, mixing physical events with digital elements to enable linkages and partnerships. It is designed to support a generation of entry to mid-level talent, through a customized approach, to up-skill and individually support the development and recognition of talent.


  • Applicants should be based in Africa or in Diaspora (including the Caribbean).
  • Designers should have developed a strong signature style and be able to compete at an international level.
  • Designers’ company must be registered, well established, and have been in business for a minimum of 4 years.
  • This programme is open to menswear and womenswear designers.

Selection Criteria:

  • March Edition: FW24/25 collection
  • Target: 10 Fashion Designers
  • Event Date: March 12–16, 2024, finalists to be announced on 15 January 2024
  • Location: Porto, Portugal


The application must be submitted to the review panel in electronic format.

The electronic submissions must be sent to: with the SUBJECT line: “FIRST and LAST NAME, CANEX MARCH 2024 Application.”

Click here to apply

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