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What you win

The five winners share a 1 million euro grant, and – perhaps more important than the financial contribution – get access to a one-year long Innovation Accelerator Program.

€1 million grant
A share of the €1 million grant.
Innovation Accelerator
Tailor-made support to connect the winners with the fashion industry.
Alumni Program
Opportunity to join previous winners in the Global Change Award alumni network.
Winners Announced

And the winners are... the winning teams are revealed on April 1, 2020.

After the winners have been announced, the H&M Foundation together with Accenture and KTH work closely with them throughout the year, to give support, pinpoint opportunities and connect them with the industry. And once the year is up, the winners are part of our Alumni network, which has shown to bring a lot of value for all – both winners and us.

With more than 20,000 entries from over 200 countries and territories received since its launch in 2015, the Global Change Award has become the go-to challenge for circular innovation, and has been called the Nobel Prize of fashion. Watch the recap video from last year’s announcement and celebrations.

"Winning the Global Change Award has really accelerated our technology. We're literally a year ahead of where we thought we would be before winning."
Isaac Nichelson, Co-founder of Circular Systems/Agraloop, winner of Global Change Award 2018
The innovation accelerator

The Grand Award Ceremony marks the beginning of the Innovation Accelerator Program. The aim of the program is to take the innovations to the next level, bring them to scale and out on the market as quickly as possible, to maximise their impact on the industry.

In addition to the financial grant, the Innovation Accelerator provides the teams with tailor-made support, tools, access and exposure to leverage and develop their innovations in the best and quickest way.

Throughout the year, Accenture and KTH coach the teams based on their needs and goals, ranging from business development to communication training and management.

Through the H&M Foundation the teams get industry access across the value chain to fully leverage the momentum provided by being named a winner of Global Change Award.

The teams also support each other through the Innovation Accelerator, sharing key insights and experiences as they all have the common goal of reinventing the fashion industry.

To connect the teams with the industry, boost their exposure and confidence and speed up the process of bringing their innovations to the market, we support the winners throughout the year in different ways.

Boot Camp
Creating insights on innovation readiness, goal setting, IPR protection and innovation development. Provided by KTH Royal Institute of Technology.
Idea Acceleration
Learning and networking opportunities with leading expertise on circular economy, innovation and insights into future digital customer experiences, as well as meeting investors. Provided by Accenture.
Industry Access
Exclusive industry insight, networking opportunities and knowledge about circularity in the fashion value chain. Provided by H&M group and H&M Foundation.
A share of the €1 million grant

Each year, five winning teams and an Early Bird winner, are selected through a detailed scoring process. This is carried out by the H&M Foundation, our partners Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), an industry sounding board, as well as the international expert panel.

All partners work pro bono, and they invest substantial time in their commitment to the Global Change Award.

The winners are revealed at a Grand Award Ceremony in Stockholm. This is also the first time the winners meet the team at H&M Foundation and our partners Accenture and KTH. From then on, we work closely with the winners throughout the year, to give support, pinpoint opportunities and connect the winners with the industry.

The H&M Foundation also stays in touch with previous winners, supports and follows their developments and successes with great interest.

The use of the grant is carefully followed up through discussions and reporting, to make sure it’s used in the way it’s intended.

The Global Change Award helped us open doors to build a network and access such confidential information in different points in the supply chains, that has been critical for us to develop the concept from an idea to actual business case. It has also 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.

Our partners

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 469,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Learn more at

KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) is one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. It is home to students, researchers and faculty from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge and to integrating environmental and sustainable development perspectives into education, research and collaborations.

With around 50 teams working within the fields of environment and sustainable development research, KTH acts as a driving force for the development of sustainable technical and social systems. Adding extensive experience in innovation development, KTH Innovation supports KTH researchers and students in successfully bringing new technology to the market. Learn more at

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