The H&M Foundation has launched applications for the Global Change Award (GCA 2023).
They are calling on innovators to send most ground-breaking fashion innovations — powerful enough to turn the fashion and textile industry planet positive.
The award is for industries that benefits the Earth and its shared resources instead of harming and depleting it.
According to H&M, Innovation has the power to do it, and previous GCA winners prove it. Winners can collaborate with whomever they want, and the aim is to find innovations that allow major change for the entire industry.
The GCA began as the first innovation challenge of its kind in 2015. Since then, it has received more than 20,000 entries and awarded over 30 disruptive innovations with a combined grant of 6,000,000 euros.
Regenerative fibres, resources looping in never-ending cycles and reimagined supply chain solutions. The Global Change Award is part of transforming fashion and turning the entire industry planet positive, as they call on innovators and entrepreneurs to apply.
The winners venture into the year-long GCA Impact Accelerator programme which includes invaluable coaching and support from the H&M Foundation and its partners Accenture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and The Mills Fabrica.
The programme is tailored to support each team in developing and scaling their innovation for impact. Because the industry, the planet and humanity need transformative innovations to succeed and become available to as many as possible, as soon as possible.
For 2023, the GCA is turning it up a notch. We are updating our scope to cover more ground, raise the bar on innovation and help shift the industry into a planet positive one. The winning ideas should fall into one of three categories.
Solutions towards planet positive effects on Earth’s shared resources.
Solutions towards a circular textile industry.
Solutions that have not even thought of yet.
Apply for the H&M Global Change Awards