While the Freestyle Fashion Conference focuses on fashion, most everything presented was valid, and key to general entrepreneurial success. Having a pitch committed to memory and a good deck are important, but much of the conversation centered around the need for good ideas from passionate people who are focused on delivering innovation. The wisdom put forward form the panels and workshops highlighted the fact that VCs pass on far more ideas than one may know about and often see right through the dog and pony show on tap.
Walking away from this conference, it is refreshing to have various core principles discussed. Know your business well, use any available network advantage for good, be social (not Facebook social, but real-life in-person social), and put forward passion and desire to innovate, or to steal a word from Jack Donaghy, you need to “Innovent” in ways that others can not.