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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Sustainable Build

Vi er i Leaderlab stolte over at have været med til etablere Sustainable Build. I stærkt samarbejde med Dansk Arkitektur Center og med støtte fra Industriens Fond og Fonden for Grøn Omstilling og en række fantastiske offentlige og private partnere er det lykkedes at skabe et stærkt partnerskab, der fremmer vækst i bæredygtigt byggeri.

I videoen ovenfor kan du høre en række partnere, branche aktører og innovatører fortælle om udbyttet ved at deltage i Sustainable Build efter det første års arbejde. Mød bl.a. Mads Lebech, Adm. Dir. Industriens Fond, Torben Møger, CEO Pension Danmark, Martin Manthorpe, Strategi Direktør, NCC og Signe Kongebro, Partner Henning Larsen Architects og  Michael Aastrup, Nordisk Direktør, Tarkett samt fire af årets 10 Sustainable Build Innovatører.

Fokus i 2015/2016 har været innovation og vækst i bæredygtige byggematerialer. Fra d. 26. Oktober 2016 sætter vi gang i en ny cyklus der over det næste år vil sætte fokus på innovation og vækst i genanvendelse af byggematerialer. Læs mere på sustainablebuild.dk

SUSTAINABLE BUILD er et samarbejde mellem Industriens Fond, Dansk Arkitektur Center og Grøn Omstillingsfond og er udviklet i samarbejde med Leaderlab.  SUSTAINABLE BUILD realiseres i tæt samspil med byggebranchens leverandører, bygherrer, virksomheder og organisationer.

“Markedet for bæredygtigt byggeri og bæredygtige byggematerialer er stort og voksende – og dermed interessant for danske virksomheder. Branchens aktører er imidlertid meget afhængige af hinanden, når der skal innoveres, eftersom nye materialer, produkter og løsninger skal kunne fungere sammen på tværs af branchen. De kan derfor have svært ved at skabe innovation alene. Målsætningen med SUSTAINABLE BUILD er derfor, at samle branchen og øge innovationen, videndelingen og væksten på tværs af byggebranchen,” siger Mads Lebech, adm. direktør i Industriens Fond.

 

”Da vi i Region Midtjylland blev spurgt, om vi ville være partnere i SUSTAINABLE BUILD, var vi ikke i tvivl. Byggeriet er et at de meget vigtige områder i den grønne omstilling – i Europa står byggeriet for 40 procent af det samlede forbrug af energi og materialer! I mange tilfælde kan vi som bygherre spare penge, hvis vi tænker os godt om og arbejder helhedsorienteret for at løse flere udfordringer på en gang. Og så skader det jo ikke at vi forhåbentligt samtidig kan styrke væksten blandt en række virksomheder med miljørigtige og sunde produkter,“ siger Bent Hansen, Regionformand, Region Midtjylland.

Det er en god idé at kigge på de små udviklingsvirksomheder i Danmark, når man skal finde de nye innovationer i byggeriet. Det er en stærk arbejdsdeling, at nytænkningen opspores hos græsrødderne og skaleringen kommer fra os, der har fået ansvaret af samfundet for at udvikle- og bygge bæredygtigt. Det er et ansvar vi tager på os, og samtidigt skal virkeliggøre i et marked, der er under store omvæltninger og presser os for blive mere produktive. Sustainable Build er derfor et udviklingspartnerskab der skærper og fremskynder branchens bæredygtige produktion og konkurrencekraft til fælles glæde, siger Martin Manthorpe, strategidirektør, NCC.

“Med støtte fra Industriens Fond og projektets partnere har vi samlet byggebranchen og sat fokus på innovation og vækst inden for bæredygtigt byggeri. Det er inspirerende at opleve engagementet fra projektets partnere, såvel som de over 200 involverede deltagere i projektets workshops og arbejdsgrupper. Ser vi alene på vores innovationsudfordring fik vi 57 innovationer fra 11 forskellige lande. Det viser, at vi er nået bredt ud i branchen og har fået engageret en lang række forskellige aktører”udtaler Mikkel Kragh, programchef for BUILD hos Dansk Arkitektur Center.

“Der ligger en kæmpe uudnyttet potentiale for vækst i bæredygtigt byggeri – både herhjemme og i udlandet. Men det kræver at vi samler aktører på tværs af værdikæden omkring at fjerne barrierer og skabe rammerne for mere bæredygtigt byggeri. Her spiller vores 10 innovatører en afgørende rolle. Jeg glæder mig til at se hvad de kan drive det til med vores hjælp. ”udtaler Sofus Midtgaard, Managing Partner, Leaderlab

 

Om SUSTAINABLE BUILD:

  • SUSTAINABLE BUILD er et innovationspartnerskab, som fremmer vækst inden for bæredygtigt byggeri.
  • Processen er opdelt i tre faser, hvor første fase udvælger konkrete udfordringer, anden fase indsamler og udvikler løsninger, og tredje fase udvælger de 10 bedste løsninger, som skal skaleres, implementeres og accelereres.
  • Industriens Fond har bevilget en samlet ramme på 5,6 millioner kr. til SUSTAINABLE BUILD.
  • Grøn Omstillingsfond har støttet med 1,5 millioner kr. til SUSTAINABLE BUILD
  • SUSTAINABLE BUILD er udviklet sammen med Dansk Arkitektur Center og LeaderLab.

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

In Search of Sustainable Materials: Accelerating the Transition to Healthy Products

It’s been shown that the materials needed to create a product makes up about 70%, on average, of the environmental footprint in apparel, furniture, packaging and toys. Addressing resource scarcity and environmental issues in the supply chain is becoming increasingly crucial for every brand’s license to operate. As more and more brands are looking to source materials in sustainable ways, they are encountering a complex mix of successes and challenges.

At this years Sustainable Brands conference in Copenhagen Leaderlab’s Managing Partner Sofus Midtgaard headed a panel: In Search of Sustainable Materials: Accelerating the Transition to Healthy Products. Sustainable Materials pioneers from IKEA, LEGO, Carlsberg, Novozymes and Sustainability Consult presented new products, shared cases and discussed opportunities, challenges and the need for Partnerships.

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While the session underlined the importance of new products based on sustainable materials from the IKEA, LEGO and Carlsberg it also articulated the need for collaboration and partnerships to disrupt value chains and take new sustainable materials to scale.

Claus Stig Pedersen Senior Director of Corporate Sustainability from Novozymes and Kathryn Sheridan Founder of Sustainability Consult invited the panel participants to think of their sustainable materials in new contexts.

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Moderator Sofus Midtgaard then took the lead and invited Jonas Engberg (IKEA), Tim Brooks (LEGO) and Simon Hoffmeyer Boas (Carlsberg) to switch seats/change jobs and advice from the position of their new job-position.

The new ‘leaders’ of sustainability in IKEA, LEGO and Carlsberg gave their contention on the complexity of opportunities and difficulties in developing with sustainable materials.

Afterwards, the floor was open for questions. The debate on if recycling is always the right choice, recyling vs. biodegradable materials, bioplastic, secutiry, scale and how to keep the cost down for customers constituted the many challenges connected to the transition to more sustainable materials.

Introduction slides from the sessions are available here:

We wish to thank:

  • Jonas Engberg, Sustainability Manager, 
IKEA
  • Tim Brooks
 Vice President for Environmental Responsibility, LEGO
  • Simon Hoffmeyer Boas, Director, Corporate Communications & CSR
  • Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Novozymes
  • Kathryn Sheridan CEO & Founder, 
Sustainability Consult

Please see the event description here

Food Innovators Unite!


In partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and a broad cross-sector network of key opinion leaders and industry players, LAUNCH is taking a people-centred approach to action across the whole of the food system. This call for innovations was developed through consultation with industry, government, and civil society from the Pacific Islands, Australia, the United States, Europe, and beyond.

If you are working on an innovation that will contribute to improving health outcomes through the food system, we want to hear from you. Don’t be afraid to surprise us! If you’re working on a related solution in another field that could apply to this challenge, answer the call.

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LAUNCH is looking for a balanced portfolio of innovations (game-changing early stage prototypes) and solutions (post-pilot solutions with the potential to scale within 2 years) that address supply, demand, or both, but offer impact at the level of an individual’s personal consumption. We are open to solutions that address any point in an individual’s life journey, from birth on.

For more information about LAUNCH Food details can be found at launch.org/challenges/food

Contacts

– Leaderlab: Sofus Midtgard: sofus@leaderlab.com

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