Published on March 23rd, 2021 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


VFILES LAB 001 on APRIL 9TH with Cakes Da Killa, Dorian Electra, Abby Jasmine, Dallas Austin

VFILES Foundation 501(c)(3) announces the awaited culmination of its inaugural VFILES Lab incubator. Continuing the track record of success from VFILES RUNWAY, the VFILES Lab Show will take place on Friday, April 9th, 2021 at 12PM PST / 3PM EST on VEEPS. This unique live stream showcases the Lab 001 grant winners’ innovative and original ideas to an audience of fans, investors, buyers and press.

Modeled as the not-for-profit Y-Combinator for creators, VFILES Lab is the Foundation’s flagship program, through which it provides seed grants, mentorship, and soft skills training. The selected Lab Members will each receive a $10,000 grant and participate in a 10 week incubation program with handpicked world-class industry mentors and partners.

The inaugural VFILES LAB Show showcases the 7 LAB winners – hailing from New York to London, Paris to Seoul – developing novel projects at the cutting edge of culture and social good.

Tickets are available for purchase at $5 and up via VEEPS. Each ticket purchase allows access to view the livestream for 24 hours after the show date. All ticket sale proceeds are tax-deductible for qualifying donors, to the extent allowed by applicable law. All contributions will be donated to the VFILES Foundation with 100% of proceeds to be given directly to future grant recipients of the LAB.

Prospective investors and collaborators in the aforementioned Lab winners may email [email protected] with specific inquiries.

  • Live performance by rapper, writer CAKES DA KILLA and a trailer for his short film “VISIBILITY SUCKS”, directed by Miles Warren & Luca Silveira. Highlights the struggle of an artist trying to maintain his identity amidst a global epidemic

  • Modest streetwear designer SAEEDAH HAQUE presents her first runway show live from London, the first to reinvent the Abaya garment into utility wear. Premiere of short film starring Urban Climber, Mahnaji & The Hilltop Women’s Football Club.

  • RASHAAD STRONG’s introduction to ACRES a global e-commerce marketplace planting seeds in developing communities featuring a B2B profit-sharing model designed to fund and develop emerging brands. Brands featured include Cafe Erzulie, Western Elders, River Delta & Ateyle Rivera, and premiere of film “Lifespan Of The Black Dollar ”.

  • Global premiere of “Thought Wear” brand, PROFET (Jaylin Kim and Nikolai Artemev), that integrates meditation with fashion to declare the act of dressing up as therapy.) Directed in Seoul, Korea.

  • Premiere Of FABERIUM’S (Bolor Amgalan and Boris Bresil) Artisanal NFT Marketplace Through A Virtual Exhibition Featuring Special Collaboration With Streetwear Brand Stardust, Upcoming 3d Digital Artists And Poema The First Digital Champion Of Craftsmanship.

  • Live performance by JULIAN SOTO and visual “SHAKE”, filmed by Mike Grapes. A sonic/visual journey through being Afro Latina and afraid in America & finding identity in overcoming the fear of fitting in.


Friday, April 9th
12PM PST / 3:00PM EST


Featuring special guests + musical performances!

Supporters who donate $50 or more will receive a limited edition VFILES LAB mask!

About VFILES Foundation

The VFILES Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to increase business ownership for Creators in underrepresented communities (BIPOC, Women, LGBTQ+). Through its flagship program, VFILES Lab, the Foundation provides seed grants, mentorship, and soft skills training.

About VFILES Lab

The VFILES Foundation’s incubation program, VFILES Lab, is a non-profit incubator established to discover, educate, and empower Creators and Original Thinkers. The selected Lab winners each receive a $10,000 grant, join the Lab’s 10 week online incubation program with handpicked world-class mentors and speakers, and present their works at the VFILES Lab Show.

VFILES Lab runs biannually, with two distinct cohorts a year. Applicants with original ideas can come from all creative categories and intellectual pillars: fashion, music, design, technology, art, film, animation, gaming, VR/AR, sustainability, and on.

About VFILES Lab

The VFILES Lab Show is the culmination of the incubation program, where the cohort’s original ideas are launched on a global stage – a la VFILES RUNWAY – to potential investors, employers, collaborators, and press.

About the Author

Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, Media and SEO Consultant, Journalist, Ph.D. and retired combat vet. 2023 recipient of The President's Lifetime Achievement Award. Partner at THM Media Group. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, the United States Press Agency and ForbesBLK.

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