FAQ Global Change Award
— Getting started
How Do I Enter the Challenge?

Apply at globalchangeaward.com. Global Change Award 2018 is open between 13 September and 31 October 2017, by midnight CET.

When is the deadline?

Deadline is 31 October 2017 (at midnight CET).

The Early Bird opportunity close on 6 October 2017 (midnight CET).
More info under “What is the Early Bird competition?” below.

What is the Early Bird competition?

If you submit your entry before 6 October you have the chance to join the GCA innovation accelerator in New York or Shanghai.

The Early Bird winner is crowned based on the general Global Change Award criteria (Read more below under “What are the criteria?”). Note that applying as an Early Bird and winning the study trip does not affect your chances of winning the Global Change Award. The trip takes place in 2018, exact dates and content of the trip to be decided by H&M Foundation. See Terms & Conditions for full details.

When is the winner of the Early Bird competition announced?

The winner of the Early Bird competition will be announced in conjunction to the award ceremony in March 2018. The winner of the Early Bird competition is not required to travel to the ceremony in Stockholm.

What are the rules of Global Change Award?

See the Terms & Conditions. Some common questions are answered below.

Does it cost to participate?

No, participating is FREE of charge.

Can I edit, adjust or add things to my application?

Yes, you can save and update your application right up until you click the button Submit. After you clicked Submit edits are no longer available. Submission deadline midnight CET 31 October 2017.

Can I submit multiple entries?

No, only one entry per person is allowed. See more in Terms & Conditions.

Can I compete with an idea that I have already participated with in another challenge?

Yes, but remember that you must own all rights connected to the idea.

When will winners be presented?

The winners will be presented to the public on globalchangeaward.com for the  online vote on March 12–16. The result of the online vote and the winners will also be presented during the Grand Award Ceremony in Stockholm on 20 March 2018. Read more about the process of Selecting the winners below.

— Submission issues
I did not receive a confirmation email after signing up, what do I do?

Check spam, otherwise please report at support@globalchangeaward.com

I am having problems loading the application form and I think it may be a browser issue. What browser should I use?

The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Safari or Internet Explorer.

I am having problems submitting my entry. What should I do?

Send us an email at support@globalchangeaward.com and we will help you to submit your entry.

— Ideas & applications
Who can apply?

Innovation knows no national borders and we believe 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.

Please note that your entry has to be in English and that all communication including the Innovation Accelerator will be in English.

Who can't apply?

GCA is not open for solely commercial entities. In order to keep the integrity of the competition, employees of H&M or any entities owned in full or in part by H&M, H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Innovation including hired consultants can´t apply.

We are looking for new and early stage ideas so you can’t apply with an already proven and existing innovation.

What do you mean by “early stage ideas/innovation?” Why is it a requirement for applying?

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 is 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.

What kind of ideas are you looking for?

We are looking for tomorrow’s game changers and Global Change Award 2018 has three categories open for applications:

  • Digitalization – Apply digital technologies such as connectivity, robotics, artificial intelligence, data, internet of things, machine learning etc. across the value chain including consumers and garments to make fashion circular.
  • Waste – Recover resources and value lost in material, energy and information waste by turning it into materials, products or services. Or simply eliminate waste in the first place.
  • 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.
On which criteria do you score the entries?

The evaluation will be based on the following criteria:

  • the Entry’s potential to make fashion circular and thereby protect the planet and lead to improved living conditions for people;
  • impact and scalability
  • is it economically sustainable
  • is it novel
  • how well suited is the team to make it happen would winning the grant make a difference.

Check Terms & Conditions for full details.

— The expert panel
Who are the members of the expert panel for Global Change Award 2018?

To provide expertise to identify and help select the winners of the Global Change Award 2018. They are chosen for their extensive knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation and fashion.

Meet the expert panel

What is the responsibility of the expert panel?

To provide expertise to identify and help select the winners of the Global Change Award 2018. They are chosen for their extensive knowledge in the areas of entrepreneurship, sustainability, innovation and fashion.

— Selecting the winners
Describe the process of selecting the five winners.

The H&M Foundation together with KTH and Accenture will screen all entries and shortlist 20. The 20 shortlisted entries are interviewed by H&M Foundation before 15 are selected finalists. The 15 finalists are provided to the international expert panel who picks the five winners. Winner are formally approved by the H&M Foundation board.

How will you inform the winners?

H&M foundation will contact the five winners by telephone in January 2018.

What do the five winners receive?
  • Share a grant of €1 million to develop their ideas.
  • Access to the one year long tailor-made innovation accelerator, provided by H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The accelerator includes immersion weeks in Stockholm, New York and Shanghai.
  • Global recognition and validation.

Read more here

How are the €1 million is shared between the five winners?

The public is invited to distribute the entire grant  between the five winning ideas in an online vote.

Neither H&M Foundation nor H&M takes any ownership or IP rights in the winning entries.

See more in the Terms & Conditions

What is expected from the winners?

We expect you to develop your idea according to the plan submitted with the entry in order to make fashion circular. We also expect you to take active part in the Innovation Accelerator.

H&M Foundation will require each winner to submit a short report on progress and use of funds after 6 months and after 12 months. See more details in Terms & Conditions.

— Equity and intellectual property right/patents
Will the H&M Foundation take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations?

No and nor will the company H&M.

Why not?

The Foundations role is to provide that critical boost to the innovators at the earliest stages were its most needed. Different innovations need different support and it wouldn’t be wise to limit or force an innovation into a certain partnership. The mission is to support the development of the innovation and to help it stand on its own.

Will the company H&M take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations?

It’s up to the winners themselves to decide who to partner with. Different innovations need different support and it wouldn’t be wise to limit or force an innovation into a certain partnership. Also, the H&M Foundation initiates this competition to make the entire fashion industry circular – not just H&M.

Parts of my application will include sensitive info about my idea, what will happen to that info?

The Terms & Conditions explains this in detail but to keep it simple: do not send us critical unprotected details. Instead, focus on the bigger picture in your application. All entrants understand that the H&M Foundation may use any information submitted for the sole purpose of promoting the competition and the participants. And remember, we want you to succeed and we want you to own the IP.

Personal data submitted for the Global Change Award will be handled according to our Privacy Policy.

— The online voting
How does the online voting work?

On 12 March 2018 the five winners of Global Change Award 2018 will be presented on globalchangeaward.com. The public is by that invited to distribute the grant between the five winners.

When is the online voting taking place?

On 12–16 March 2018 at globalchangeaward.com

When will the results be revealed?

On 20 March 2018, during the grand award ceremony in Stockholm.

Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation, aiming to make fashion circular.
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