The Design and Technology Excellence Center "ZIPhouse" was created within the Technical University of Moldova in September 2015, through a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Education, the Technical University of Moldova and Light Industry Employer’s Association of Moldova (APIUS), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Recently in 2020, the center has opened an NGO, ZIPHOUSE Design Hub, as an extension to the center.

Who are we? ZIPhouse is a fashion innovation platform, providing unrivaled opportunities for enriched knowledge, access to production facilities, inspirational resources and industry collaboration. ZIPhouse offers young designers, startups, professionals and academic staff a unique opportunity to sharpen their technological skills and design abilities. ZIPhouse’s mission is to connect Moldovan fashion to the global fashion world.

What do we do? Our activities are build around the strategic ZIPhouse Programmatic pillars:

  • Community building – offering to professionals and young designers from fashion industry a platform for collaboration, coworking, knowledge exchange and giving back.
  • Acceleration Program – accelerating fashion startups, emerging young designers, supporting ZIPhouse residents’ growth, introducing mentorship for business model improvements, business support opportunities to explore sales channels and to penetrate new markets.
  • Fashion Academy - develop skills through quality advanced technical education Fashion Leadership Program - the development of better professional skills of key personnel from companies and academic staff.

Key Activities

This lab works in the following activities:

Business support service


How many people work/volunteer in the lab.
Total staff: 6 people

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