About the award

The Global Change Award is an innovation challenge by H&M Foundation, in collaboration with Accenture and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

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.

So, what are you waiting for?

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

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 global public is then invited to distribute the €1 million grant between these five innovations, through an online vote. The innovation with the most votes receives €300,000. The idea with the second most votes receives €250,000 followed by the third, fourth and fifth most votes that receive €150,000 each. The five winning concepts also receive access to a one-year innovation accelerator 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 Stockholm, Sweden.

1
Application
13.09.17 - 31.10.17
Send in your application at globalchangeaward.com
2
Screening
01.11.17 - 11.03.18
Five winners are selected by the expert panel.
3
Online vote
12.03.18 - 16.03.18
The public distributes the €1 million grant between the five winners.
4
Award Ceremony
20.03.18
The winners and the result of the online vote are revealed.
5
Accelerator
21.03.18 - 20.03.19
The five winners get access to a one-year innovation accelerator.
2
Screening
01.11.17 - 11.03.18
Five winners are selected by the expert panel.
4
Award Ceremony
20.03.18
The winners and the result of the online vote are revealed.

Global Change Award is an innovation challenge initiated by H&M Foundation, aiming to make fashion circular.
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H&M Foundation
Mäster Samuelsgatan 46A
106 38 Stockholm
Sweden

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