H&M Foundation’s Global Change Awards

Categories To encourage ideas from a broad circular scope, the Global Change Award 2018 features three categories open for applications. The five winners will be chosen regardless of category – there is no set quota between the categories:

  • Digitalization: Apply digital technologies such as connectivity, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, internet of things etc. across the value chain including consumers and garments to make fashion circular.
  • Climate positive: Create clothes, services and manufacturing processes that are not only neutral but actually good for the environment, helping to restore and regenerate the environment when being used.
  • Waste: Recover the resource and value lost in material, energy and information waste, turning it into materials, products or services. Or simply eliminate waste in the first place.
    Award The winners of the Global Change Award 2018 will all receive:
  • A share of the €1 million grant. The distribution of the shares are decided by the public through an online vote
  • A trip to Stockholm to attend the grand award ceremony on April 20, 2018
  • Access to a one-year Innovation Accelerator across Europe, America and Asia.
  • Open to individuals with early stage ideas presenting new circular approaches intended to reinvent the fashion industry;
  • Innovation knows no national borders and H&M Foundation believes these early stage ideas can rest in anyone’s head anywhere on the planet, so in an effort to reach as many great minds as possible the challenge is open to any individual and groups of up to 5 people over 18 years of age anywhere in the world;
  • It is also open for institutions, organizations and social business.
  • Applicants can sign up or login to complete application.
  • Apply by October 6 for an additional chance to win a one week Innovation Accelerator. Anyone who applies on or before October 6, 2017 will automatically have the chance of winning the Early Bird competition.
  Send in your innovative ideas to win H&M Foundation’s Global Change Award​! Winners will share a grant of €1 million​ and ​embark on a tailor-made Innovation Accelerator Program​. The H&M Foundation​ is a non-profit global foundation, with a mission to drive long lasting, positive change and improve living conditions by investing in people, communities and innovative ideas. Each year, five winners are selected by an international expert panel. As a winner you’ll get to travel to fashion and innovation hubs around the world, take your innovations to the next level and bring to the market quicker. This year the expert panel will be especially on the look-out for innovations with digital technologies applied. If you have ideas related to connectivity, internet of things or machine learning – give it your best shot.    


Application is open between 29 August – 17 October 2018. Apply before 21 September 2018 to be in the running for the Early Bird award! Learn more and apply here today!  ]]>

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