About the Organizer :
The H&M Foundation is a non-profit global foundation, privately funded by the Stefan Persson family, founders and main owners of H&M. Its mission is to drive long-lasting positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas.
Through partnerships with prominent organizations around the globe, the H&M Foundation drives change within four focus areas:
The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge by H&M Foundation. We are looking for game changing ideas that can make fashion circular – and help protect our planet.
It is at this earliest stage where the Foundation can provide the much-needed resources, access and skills and thereby make the biggest difference. We are certain there are a vast number of great ideas out there but access to capital, know-how and support are scarce and many great ideas never get to see the light of day. The Foundation wants to find these ideas and give them the support needed to make a difference.
The competition has three categories open for applications:
1) Circular Business Models:
In this category, they are looking for ideas that use innovative business models to seize new opportunities in the fashion industry. It could, for example: be ideas on how to reuse, repair, share, or extend the life of products. It could also be ideas for models that unleash the potential in the production chain.
2) Circular Materials:
In this category, we are looking for ideas that use technologies to reinvent the materials that are being used in the fashion industry today. This might include new fibres, recycling technologies or engineered materials.
3) Circular Process:
In this category, they are looking for ideas using technologies and systems that redesign current processes in the fashion industry. This could, for example, be methods targeting chemicals, water and dyeing, 3D printing or demand-driven manufacturing.
To boost their ideas, they also get access to a tailor-made one-year Innovation Accelerator, supported by Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. The global public will be invited to distribute the grant through an online vote. The result will be revealed at a grand award ceremony in Stockholm, 5 April 2017.
NOTE: When applying you will choose one of the categories. They will pick the five best winners from all the entries received regardless of category, i.e. there is no quota set between the categories
By applying to the Global Change Award you’re competing for:
NOTE: Apply by 30 September 2016 for an extra chance to win a one-week study trip to Shanghai in 2017
September 15, 2016 - October 31, 2016
Rules and Guidelines:
Read a detailed list of FAQs here: www.globalchangeaward.com/faq