About us

Stefanka reinvents retail.

AT A GLANCE

Founded in 2014, Stefanka is a privately held company and currently holds its headquarters in Montreal, Canada. Our team provides a variety of expertise in fashion design, technology, business and consumer science.

MISSION

To ensure that everyone finds the perfect fit.

VISION

Rethink the way we consume clothing through innovation.

THE FOUNDER

 

Elizabeth Stefanka Headshot

From a very young age, Elizabeth Stefanka has always been a visionary and innovator. Ever since she was a teenager, she never fit into the standard sizing when she was shopping for clothes even though she had a passion for fashion.

At 17 years old, studying Fashion Design, her teachers insisted that she follow the measurements while designing clothes to follow traditional sizing structures. In that moment, she realized this method doesn’t make any sense. Many of her friends and family had lots of different body shapes so she wanted to find a way to fit clothes to ensure everyone felt confident and comfortable in what they wear. She decided to make a change.

She then began her Bachelor of Consumer Sciences (BA. Sc.) determined to fulfil her vision which involved understanding consumers needs but also their behavior. She obtained her Masters of International Business (M. Sc.) specializing in Innovation and Creativity in 2014. Elizabeth was further inspired through her family working in 3D industry. She saw an opportunity to use the innovative tools from the 3D world to acquire precise body measurements and develop software to use this data in the apparel industry. In 2014, Stefanka Inc was born.

Elizabeth has been awarded numerous awards internationally for her entrepreneurship as well as her unique expertise she has contributed to the industry. She is often asked to present at many conferences worldwide to share her specialisation in digital transformation, retail innovation and entrepreneurship. She is very passionate about encouraging and supporting other inventors and business through the committees and boards she is a proud member of.

THE COMPANY

In 2014, Elizabeth finally made her dream a reality when she founded Stefanka Inc. At first, the company specialized in using technology and innovative tools to make custom-fit bras. They developed software that would precisely measure client’s breasts without human assistance. This was the first product worldwide that took into consideration the breast volume as a measurement that could be directly applied to the design and manufacturing processes. Within 9 months, Stefanka Inc. was contacted by retailers interested in using the 3D scanning technology for their ready to wear clothing.

This saw a shift in the business model from custom made manufacturing into more technological focus. The company saw the potential opportunities using technological innovation in fashion and manufacturing. Stefanka Inc. moved towards creating a web platform to match the right product based on the anthropometric. Stefanka’s products have a unique ability to optimize the entire value chain with a sustainable impact through the software they develop bringing ensuring the consumer is back at the centre of the retail experience.

Stefanka Inc. continues to evolve, being agnostic of technologies meaning the software itself can rely upon any new hardware or devices new to the market and therefore ensuring the client always has the first mover advantage.

HONOURS AND AWARDS

Elizabeth Stefanka’s Personal Awards and Recognition

Young Business Leaders Grand Prix Finalist, Coalition of the Youth Chambers of Commerce in Québec, Canada (2018)

Listed as Laval University alumni’s most influential graduates Canada (2017)

Awarded one of the influential 25 leaders of tomorrow in Québec LaPresse Canada (2016)

Winner Women Entrepreneur Award by Quebec Entrepreneurship Challenge (2015)

1st place at the International Young Entrepreneur’s competition Canada (2015)

Named in 30 under 30 by Infopress, Canada (2015)

Technological Startup Project Award Entrepreneurs show – HEC Montréal Canada (2014)

Leadership Award HEC MontréalAlumni Association Canada (2014)

Entrepreneurship Award Rachelle et Alain Paris’ Family Canada (2014)

Young Entrepreneur Society of Economic Development Ville-Marie (SDEVM) Canada (2014)

3rd place at The Brandstorm International Competition at L’Oréal International (2013)

Stefanka Inc awards

Elevator Pitch Competition (EPiC) Finalist Hong Kong (2018)

Explorium Tech Showcase HK Finalist, Li & Fung International Group Hong Kong (2018)

Startup of the Year (SOTY) Finalist, TechCo USA (2018)

Interactive Innovation Award Finalist, South By Southwest (SXSW) USA (2018)

Winner of the Digital Innovation Award by e-Commerce Québec (2016)

Named in 25 Stars of Tomorrow by Les Affaires, Canada (2015)

Winner of Grand Prize & Audience Award Quebec Entrepreneurship Challenge, Canada (2015)

Growth Champions Competition Finalist C2 Montreal Canada(2015)

Défi Mtl 9 by Capital Finalist Innovation Canada (2015)

Women in Technology Competition Finalist Canada (2015)

Winner Foundation Montreal Inc. Canada(2014)

OUR PARTNERS

SAJE
SDEVM
Montréal Inc.
Femmessor
District 3
CNRC
L'Oréal Canada

PUBLICATIONS

"Stefanka Lingerie’s product, developed by the young HEC Montréal graduate Elizabeth Stefanka, has the potential to revolutionize the way we buy bras."

Videotron Business

''It's with great flexibility and agility that Elizabeth and her team equipped us with the right technology to venture into new markets.''
Genevieve Tremblay

CEO, MOOV Activewear

"Stefanka recommends the best fit for customers while offering retailers the chance to transform their fitting rooms into interactive, 3D-scanning fitting rooms."
Joseph Czikk

Montreal NewTech

GET STARTED

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