Our Innovation Accelerator Program for the Global Change Award winners is designed to accelerate the development of their innovations to reach the market quicker and therefore driving change in the fashion industry. This year, our Accelerator delivered knowhow from an impressive list of guest speakers, but it also played an important role in giving a sense of belonging and moral support to our winners because of the pandemic.
Our 2020 winners have all made great progress with their innovations over the last six months, despite the world being upside down. We have been working closely together with them through a redesigned version of our one-year Innovation Accelerator Program, providing weekly digital sessions by us, our partners Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology as well as guest speakers and GCA alumnis, instead of three main bootcamp weeks around the world.
Dimpora won the Global Change Award in 2019 with their biodegradable and mineral-based membrane for outdoor wear. Since then they have for example developed a limited edition jacket with Swiss outdoor brand Rotauf, and are currently looking to scale up and connect with more players in the industry.
With only 10 years left to reach the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals, disruptive innovations on how to solve the planet’s most urgent challenges are more important than ever. After five years of incredible innovations within circular fashion, we are now looking at how to extend the scope to create an even bigger impact. Therefore, the next round of Global Change Award will launch next year.
Through digital manufacturing, Spanish team ZER Collection eliminates fabric waste and once their garments are worn out, they can be melted down and put back into the loop. It’s circular fashion at its best.
With over 20,000 entries received in the past five years, we can get unique insights in how innovators from over 200 countries and territories across the world, think and foresee the future of fashion. We let Accenture’s best data crunchers analyse the data which resulted in the Accenture Trend Report “Harnessing the Power of the Consumer”. Here are the main takeaways.
Through Global Change Award we support innovation to move from early stage ideas to market readiness. We are backing game changers in their early days, getting them ready to commercialize and work together with other players in the fashion industry.
Global Change Award was initiated in 2015 by the non-profit H&M Foundation. In five years, it has turned into a global ecosystem of change driving the fashion industry towards a sustainable future.
From lab-grown cotton and creating fabrics from protein DNA, to tracking sustainable fibres by using blockchain technology, wastewater separation and converting carbon dioxide into sustainable polyester. These are the five winning innovations of the 2020 Global Change Award. Global Change Award, named the Nobel Prize of sustainable fashion, is the non-profit H&M Foundation’s fifth annual innovation challenge. Now, more than ever, H&M Foundation want to continue to support long-term development, innovation and entrepreneurship for a sustainable future. The goal is to identify early stage, disruptive ideas that can make fashion more sustainable, and to scale them to transform the entire fashion industry.
Orange Fiber won the first Global Change Award winner in 2016 with their innovation of creating textiles out of by-products from citrus juice production. Since then, the have made collections with for example Italian luxury brand Salvatore Ferragamo and H&M. Here, co-founder Enrica Arena shares the story behind the company and about winning Global Change Award.