Global collaboration to close the loop for fashion

KTH is partnering Global Change Award, a global innovation challenge with the purpose of scanning the world for innovative solutions to make the fashion industry more circular.

H&M Foundation, with KTH and Accenture as partners, launched the global innovation challenge in 2015. A main contribution to the challenge is the innovation accelerator − a collaboration between all partners – which gives the winners the support and knowledge they need to realise their ideas.

To make a shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry – game changing ideas are needed

The challenge, which is held yearly, is open to everyone and the aim is to catalyse ground-breaking ideas to promote a circular fashion industry. An expert panel selects five winners that share a grant of €1 million and get access to a one-year innovation accelerator. The global public is invited to distribute the grant between the five innovations through an online vote. The result of the vote is revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm.

In 2015, the first year the challenge attracted over 2700 entries from 112 countries. The five winners are presented on www.globalchangeaward.com.The second challenge was launched in September 2016. This time the entries were divided into three main categories in order to encourage ideas from a broader scope. The categories included are listed below. More details can be found on globalchangeaward.com.

- Circular business models covering ideas on how to reuse, repair, share, digitalize or extend the life of products.
- Circular materials looking for ideas on new fibers, recycling techniques, leather substitutes etc.
- Circular processes aiming to find new methods around chemicals, water and dyeing, as well as 3D printing, demand-driven manufacturing etc.

When the application period closed in November 2016, the challenge had received 2,885 innovations from 130 countries.

The innovation accelerator

The winners all part take in a one week boot camp, run by KTH Innovation at KTH. The week aims to creating insights on innovation readiness level, goal setting, IPR protection and innovation development. Here you can watch a clip from last years bootcamp week with 2015's winners.

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