Learn more about the LAUNCH Nordic Innovators

Meet Kabadiwalla Connect, Globechain,Queen of Raw, Shrilk, BioCellection and Infinited Fiber Company. They are the LAUNCH Nordic Innovators of the Closed Loop Solution Challenge. Their innovations all provide parts of the puzzle to create the shift towards closed loop systems and a circular economy.

Learn more about the six innovators and watch them explain the details of their innovations here:

http://www.launch.org/challenges/closing-the-loop

At the LAUNCH Nordic Forum on 1 December 2016 in Malmö, 37 industry executives, materials experts, government officials and investors gathered to get inspired and to offer insight and guidance to help scale the six innovations. The innovators presented their business models, platforms and technologies – all with the potential to support the creation of alternative supply chains and disrupt the linear economy.

LAUNCH Nordic aims to capture the value of the circular economy by disrupting existing value chains, facilitating collaborative engagement and scaling innovations. The six LAUNCH Nordic innovators seek to scale and play a crucial role in market evolution by driving businesses and alternative solutions across complex global supply chains to support circular economy.

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Should there be one or more of the innovators where you have a specific interest or see a direct opportunity then don’t hesitate to contact us. Specific details on the innovators and innovations can be accessed via Launch.org: http://www.launch.org/challenges/closing-the-loop or LAUNCH Nordic at Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/launchnordic

Contacts 

– Leaderlab: Ole Høy Jakobsen: ole@leaderlab.com
– Leaderlab: Sissel Ødegaard: sissel@leaderlab.com

Background

LAUNCH Nordic is a global innovation platform created by: IKEA Group, Novozymes, and Kvadrat, as well as the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Region Skåne, Malmö Stad, and The Capital Region of Denmark. LAUNCH Nordic was created in collaboration with LAUNCH founders NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S. Department of State.

Communication & Social Media Internship

The Internship

Leaderlab is offering a three to six months Communication and Social Media Internship with start 1st Feb., 15 March  or 1st September  2017. As an intern at Leaderlab you will be part of driving a US-Nordic sustainability partnership LAUNCH Nordic between IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, Nordic Ministries and US partners Nike, NASA, USAID, U.S. State Department among others. In addition you will be involved in other partnerships and help plan and handle the execution of events.

The organisation

Leaderlab is a small but dynamic and globally connected organisation that offers a meaningful internship where you can make a real difference. Through the internship you will have the opportunity to build a unique international network with pioneering companies within sustainability. We operate globally but most activities and the primary workspace will be in Copenhagen/Greater Copenhagen Area.

Your profile

We are looking for a structured, ‘hands-on’ profile who can help carry out communication, daily posting and editing of social media. Someone who is smart, independent has a strong work ethic, collaborative spirit and great communication skills. As we work with Social & Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Circular Economy is essential that you have a personal interest and basic understanding about these fields.

We expect that you:

  • Are a good and structured organizer, who can work independently and get things done
  • Are a strong communicator with a fluent English.
  • Are a problem-solver with a positive approach to things
  • Have experience using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and have an active LinkedIn profile
  • Are familiar with Excel and Google Docs/sheets
  • Experience with WordPress is a plus

We only accept 3-6 month interns and we expect that you will be joining min. 30 hours a week. The Internship is unpaid.

If you fit the profile please send your CV and cover letter to: info@leaderlab.com.

If you have questions feel free to contact, Project Manager Ole Høy Jakobsen: ole@leaderlab.com or +45 22920764 for more information.

We will evaluate the received applications on an ongoing basis, and close for applications once the right Intern is found, so apply rather sooner than later.

 

SIX INNOVATORS PAVING THE WAY FOR CLOSED LOOPS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY

IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE BACTERIA HELPED RECYCLE PLASTIC. OR A WORLD WHERE DESIGNERS COULD ACCESS FABRICS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE END UP IN LANDFILLS. OR A WORLD WHERE YOUR OLD OFFICE CHAIR WAS GIVEN A SECOND LIFE AT A START-UP OR CHARITY.

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This is exactly what three of this year’s six LAUNCH Nordic Innovators envisioned and are now working on making a reality. To help them succeed and scale, LAUNCH partners IKEA Group, Nike Inc., Novozymes, Kvadrat, as well as Leading Scientists, Investors, and Nordic Government Representatives will team up with the innovators in Malmö, Sweden, Dec. 1st.

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” We want to have a positive impact on people and the planet and that includes playing an active role in the transition to a circular economy. We are looking forward to meeting this year innovators with disruptive ideas and fresh mindsets who can help us on this journey. I’m looking forward to help and interact with this years six selected innovators.”

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group

Twitter chat with a NASA Astronaut

 The 6 innovators will participate in a live Twitter chat with NASA Astronaut and PhD in Chemistry Catherine “Cady” Coleman. It is possible to join the live chat with Coleman using the hashtags: #LAUNCHNordic #ClosingTheLoopWednesday November 30 from 16:30-17:00 CET – that’s 10:30am EST, 7:30am PST 

The 2016 Challenge

How do we create closed loop systems and material streams? How do we shift to new business models that support durable products and re-use? And how do we introduce new platforms that enable second life of products and materials?

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These questions were at the center of this year’s LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge that received 120 applications from innovators from 36 countries covering six continents around the world.

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“Being partners in LAUNCH Nordic has been highly inspirational for us. We are looking forward to helping this year’s innovators, but we learn a lot from them as well. We look forward to share knowledge and hopefully find meaningful and relevant technologies and innovation suitable for co-investment.”

 Anders Byriel, CEO, Kvadrat

The 2016 Innovators

A panel of subject matter experts has carefully reviewed the applications. The LAUNCH Nordic partners selected the top 6 innovators who are invited to participate in the LAUNCH Nordic Forum in Malmö, Sweden.
The top 6 LAUNCH Nordic innovations 2016 are (in alphabetic order):

  • BioCellection: a biotech solution that uses bacteria to upcycle plastic. (US)
  • Globechain: a platform to connect businesses, charities and people to reuse unwanted items. (UK)
  • Infinited Fibre Company: a closed loop solution for the textile industry. (FI)
  • Kabadiwalla Connect: a system to help cities manage recyclable waste, by leveraging the informal waste ecosystem. (IN)
  • Shrilk: a biodegradable alternative to plastic that is inspired by the insect cuticle. (SI)
  • Queen of Raw: an online sustainable materials marketplace for suppliers and designers. (US)

The six LAUNCH Nordic innovators were selected based on their positive environmental or social impact potential. Their respective innovations have the potential to significantly increase sustainability in production, manufacturing, and recycling by introducing new types of materials, or alternative ways of using known materials, closing the loop and driving circular economy.

Ranging from start-ups to established companies, the selected innovators will present their ideas and technologies to the LAUNCH Nordic Council that is comprised of leading global companies, ministries and research institutions.

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   “What is special about LAUNCH Nordic is the strong partnership between government, academia and industry. Public Private Partnerships is exactly what we need to help sustainable innovations get to scale. We look forward to help this year’s innovators and shape a more sustainable society.

   Claus Stig Pedersen, Senior Director, Sustainability, Novozymes.

At the LAUNCH Nordic Forum on December 1st, 35 industry executives, materials experts, government officials and investors will gather to offer insight and guidance to help scale the six innovations. The innovations represent new business models, platforms and technologies that all support the creation of an alternative supply chain and all demonstrate potential to disrupt the linear economy.
LAUNCH Nordic seeks to scale innovations that can play a crucial role in market evolution by exploring how businesses and alternative solutions use the circular economy to drive opportunities across complex global supply chains. Together with the innovators LAUNCH Nordic aims to disrupt and capture the value of the circular economy and by scaling innovations and taking action.

LAUNCH Nordic Innovator Stephanie Benedetto comments on her expectations for the LAUNCH Nordic Forum:

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“We are excited about the LAUNCH Nordic Forum.  It’s a unique opportunity to learn from and collaborate with some of the world’s leading organisations. Together we can scale our innovation and change the world!”

Stephanie Benedetto, co-founder Queen of Raw

 Following the LAUNCH Nordic Forum, innovators will take part in an accelerator program to help them bring their innovations to scale. Information and details about the other five innovators:

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The LAUNCH Nordic Council participants include: Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group, Anders Byriel, CEO Kvadrat, Morten Elkjær Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mikkel Stenbæk, Deputy Head of Division, Danish EPA, Carin Daal, Head of Department, Region Skåne, Mike van der Zanden, Sustainability Director, Supply Chain Innovation Europe, Nike, – together with more than 25 other industry representative, entrepreneurs, scientist and investors. They will provide access to capital, credibility and capacity to help the ten innovators scale globally.

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LAUNCH Nordic invites you to follow the hashtag #LAUNCHNordic on Thursday December 1, 2016. We encourage you to follow along and add your voice to the conversation using #LAUNCHNordic. The main Twitter handles for this event will be: @LAUNCHorg and @LAUNCHNordic

For more information on the challenge please go to:

http://www.launch.org/challenges/closing-the-loop

For more information contact Nordic Lead, LAUNCH, Sofus Midtgaard: +45 30220111 – or sofus@launch.org.

For more about LAUNCH Nordic partners please contact:

 

Background

LAUNCH Nordic is a global innovation platform by: IKEA Group, Novozymes, and Kvadrat, as well as the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Region Skåne, Malmö Stad, VINNOVA, and The Capital Region of Denmark. LAUNCH Nordic was created in collaboration with LAUNCH founders NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) & The U.S. Department of State.

Meet LAUNCH Nordic Innovators at DIF!

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Through a collaboration bestween LAUNCH Nordic and Ellen MacArthur Foundation three LAUNCH Nordic innovators will present their innovations at the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) November 17: 15:00-16:00 GMT. 

The LAUNCH Nordic innovators have responded to the 2016 innovation challenge:

How can we – through new types of closed loop solutions or recycling technologies – shape a more sustainable future of materials and manufacturing?

The three innovators who will participate in the webinar are:

  • Stephanie Benedetto
    Co-Founder of Queen of Raw:  an e-commerce platform connecting designers to suppliers of innovative raw materials.queen-of-raw-medium
  • Petri Alava
    Founder of Infinited Fiber Company: natural cellulosic textile fiber manufactured of post-consumer textile waste and paper waste.                                                                                                          
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  • May Al-Karooni
    Founder of Globechain: a reuse platform that connects corporates to charities and smes within a supply chain network providing a waste and social impact audit to its members.
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At the live Disruptive Innovation Festival, you can learn more about how their innovations address the question of what we need to know, experience and do in order to change the economy to a circular one.

The LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 called for innovations with the potential to transform the system to a more sustainable society with focus on new types of closed loop solutions and recycling technologies. Innovations were selected based on their environmental and social impact, potential to scale, their business models, technologies and on the potential to create the shift towards closed loop systems and a circular economy.

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LAUNCH Nordic is a global innovation platform that unites industry leaders and innovators to identify and scale sustainable innovations in materials.

LAUNCH Nordic was created in collaboration with LAUNCH, a strategic partnership between NIKE, NASA, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S. Department of State and Nordic partners IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, The Danish Foreign Ministry (3GF), The Danish EPA and Region Skåne.

LAUNCH is focused on positively transforming the system of materials and manufacturing, which can have dramatic social, environmental and economic impacts on the world.

You will need to sign up for the Disruptive Innovation Festival to attend this event:

https://www.thinkdif.co/open-mic/how-do-we-use-products-and-materials-meet-the-launch-nordic-innovators

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LAUNCH NORDIC: CLOSING THE LOOP – THE INNOVATORS OF 2016

LAUNCH Nordic proudly present this years selected innovators. Each individual innovation constitutes a solution to the raised question “How can we – through new types of closed loop solutions or recycling technologies – shape a more sustainable future of materials and manufacturing?

This year 6 innovators received an invitation from the LAUNCH Nordic Board and we are looking forward to working towards solutions joint with:

  • Globechain.com – a platform to connect businesses, charities and people to reuse unwanted items (UK)
  • Infinited Fibre Company – Closed loop solution for the textile industry (FI)
  • BioCellection – A biotech solution to upcycle plastic using bacteria (US)
  • Queen of Raw – An online marketplace for sustainable materials for suppliers and designers (US)
  • Kabadiwalla Connect – System to leverage the informal waste ecosystem to help cities manage recyclable waste (IN)
  • Shrilk – Shrilk is a biodegradable alternative to plastic, based on molecular design of insect cuticle (SI)

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It has been just over 5 months since we announced the 2016 LAUNCH Nordic Innovation challenge, at the LAUNCH Nordic Summit. Since then we have completed a successful application, review and selection phase, and we now have the final 6 innovations for this years challenge. By the closing date on September 1st, we had received 120 applications from 36 different countries across 6 continents. Reaching the point of identifying this years innovators initiates the next process of work with the selected final 6. The innovators have all been selected due to their potential of transformative environmental and social impact within closing the loop.

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LAUNCH Nordic Forum, December 1st.

Moving on the next major step will be the journey towards the LAUNCH Nordic Forum on December 1st in Malmö, Sweden. The process of working with the 6 innovators will include shaping and specify the best possible understanding of the value of the innovations. At the Forum the innovators will meet the LAUNCH Nordic Council, a selected group of business executives and decision makers relevant to the LAUNCH Nordic agenda.

Working together with the innovators the Council will provide help, knowledge on the progress towards scaling and thereby creating value and real impact for the industry and society in general. Following the LAUNCH Nordic Forum each of the innovators will engage in the Accelerator phase, where we will work with them to realize the commitments made during the Forum.

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Do not hesitate to contact us should there be one or more of the innovators where you have a specific interest or see a direct opportunity. Specific details on the innovators will be following the next week.

Contacts 

– Leaderlab: Ole Høy Jakobsen: ole@leaderlab.com
– Leaderlab: Sissel Ødegaard: sissel@leaderlab.com

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