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About the award

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation in 2015.

The annual Global Change Award is one of the world’s leading challenges for early stage innovation, and the largest initiative of its kind in the fashion industry. We are looking for game changing ideas that can make the entire fashion industry circular and help protect our planet and living conditions. The Global Change Award catalyses early innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry.

Neither the H&M Foundation nor the company H&M will take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations.

“The Global Change Award accelerates progress not only for its recipients but for our industry at large.”
Steven Kolb, President & CEO, CFDA
The process

Every year, five Global Change Award entries are selected by an expert panel consisting of advisors with extensive knowledge in the fields of fashion, sustainability, circularity and innovation.

The five winning teams share a financial grant of 1 million euro, and are given access to a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

The winners are revealed at a grand award ceremony in April 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden.

1
Application
Aug. 29, 2018 - Oct. 17, 2018
Apply at globalchangeaward.com.
2
Screening
Oct. 18, 2018 - Jan. 31, 2019
Applications are screened and five winners selected.
3
Award Ceremony
Apr. 3, 2019
The winners are revealed.
4
Innovation Accelerator
Apr. 3, 2019 - Apr. 3, 2020
The five winners embark on a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program.
2
Screening
Oct. 18, 2018 - Jan. 31, 2019
Applications are screened and five winners selected.
4
Innovation Accelerator
Apr. 3, 2019 - Apr. 3, 2020
The five winners embark on a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program.

Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation, aiming to make fashion circular.
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106 38 Stockholm
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