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How it works

We are looking for early stage innovation that present new circular approaches with the goal to reinvent the fashion industry. Five winners are selected each year and gets to share 1 million euro and embark on a one-year Innovation Accelerator Program.

The challenge is initiated to accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, to protect the planet and our living conditions. This means changing the way garments are currently designed and produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled by adding disruptive technology, processes, or new business models.

Anyone (almost) can apply for the Global Change Award. Five winners are each year selected by our international expert panel, with extensive knowledge within fashion, sustainability, circularity and innovation.

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

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

Global Change Award 2020 is open for applications on 28 August – 16 October 2019.

Global Change Award has helped us to grow our minds to think much bigger than we would have dared otherwise
Ann Runnel, Reverse Resources, winner of Global Change Award 2016
1
Application
Aug. 28, 2019 - Oct. 16, 2019

Apply at globalchangeaward.com.

2
Screening
Oct. 17, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020

Applications are screened and five winners selected.

3
Award Ceremony
Apr. 1, 2020

The winners are revealed.

4
Innovation Accelerator
Apr. 2, 2020 - Apr. 2, 2021

The five winners embark on a one-year long Innovation Accelerator Program.

2
Screening
Oct. 17, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020

Applications are screened and five winners selected.

4
Innovation Accelerator
Apr. 2, 2020 - Apr. 2, 2021

The five winners embark on a one-year long Innovation Accelerator Program.

Early Bird

Applicants who send their application to the Global Change Award early, compete for an additional chance to win access to the Innovation Accelerator Program.

Anyone who applies within the first half of the application period will automatically have the chance of winning the Early Bird.

The Early Bird winner will be invited to join the five winners of the Global Change Award 2019 in one of the trips that is part of the one-year Innovation Accelerator Program. The trip offers exclusive industry insights, as well as opportunities to network and learn more about circularity and the fashion value chain.

Applying as an Early Bird does not affect your chances of winning the Global Change Award. The winner of the Early Bird winner is not required to travel to the ceremony in Stockholm.


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

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