Global Call for Innovators in Design and Manufacturing for a Circular Economy

The LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2017 is now open and we are seeking innovators around the world with the potential to create a shift in the way we design and manufacture for a circular and inclusive society. The goal of this challenge is to help accelerate these innovators’ businesses, so we are looking for innovations that are anywhere from pilot-stage to ready-for-market.

This year, LAUNCH Nordic invites up to 10 innovators to join a design revolution to help grow the circular economy. So this is your unique opportunity to join and gain access to the LAUNCH eco-system of industry pioneers, government, investors and previous innovators to collectively work to build and accelerate your innovation. This will include receiving personal mentoring and help to test, pilot and scale.

We urge innovators to apply as soon as possible, but final deadline for applications will be September 1, 2017. In October 2017 the top 10 innovations will be selected and participants will take part in this unique acceleration program. Submit your innovation via our website today.

At the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) in Helsinki on June 5th 2017, LAUNCH partners announced this year’s Innovation Challenge: Design & Manufacturing for a Circular Economy. As part of the announcement, we had a session together with Erik Zappalorto from Nesta and Erik Bang from H&M Foundation about how innovation challenges can help accelerate the circular economy. The room was filled with people who engaged themselves in the discussion and helped us spread the innovation challenge by nominating innovators and networks for us to spread the message. We are currently reaching out to these nominations and still searching for more in hopes of finding the most impactful innovations.

Please help us spread the message by following us on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook and sharing our updates with your network. You are also welcome to email us at Nordic@launch.org and receive further information on how to spread the message.

If you have questions about this year’s innovation challenge or know of an innovator that should apply please contact the LAUNCH Nordic team at Nordic@launch.org

 

ABOUT LAUNCH

LAUNCH Nordic is a partnership between IKEA GroupNovozymesKvadratThe Danish Ministry of Foreign AffairsThe Danish Environmental Protection Agency and Region Skåne. LAUNCH Nordic seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society through open innovation, industry collaboration, and global systems mobilization. It was founded in 2014 in collaboration with LAUNCH, a strategic partnership between NIKE, NASA, The U.S. Department of State and The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the goal of harnessing the strengths of the Nordic region to accelerate innovation in sustainable materials.

Read more about LAUNCH Nordic at http://www.launch.org/nordic

Circular Economy is taking off – meet the innovators & pioneers paving the way…

The shift to a circular economy requires new levels of innovation, collaboration and collective action. To accelerate the shift we teamed up 10 Circular Economy innovators with industry pioneers including LAUNCH partners Nike Inc., IKEA Group, eBay, Novozymes, Kvadrat and several Nordic government institutions at this years LAUNCH Circular Inovation Summit March 2-3 at Nike HQ in Portland.

Here is a sneak-peek into the Summit and the collaboration and conversations between 10 LAUNCH Circular Economy Innovators, partners and industry pioneers:

At LAUNCH we believe the shift towards a circular economy requires new innovations, collaborations and not least action. As the world develop we need to meet new and growing demands in the future – this will require products designed for disassembly and reuse, efficient take back processes and business models that keep materials in play longer and more effectively.

Cyrus Wadia, VP for Sustainable Business Innovation at Nike underlined the importance of collaboration when he stated “We can’t do this alone“. We need innovations that support the circular economy and partners gathering around the innovations to reach a more circular future.

Such innovations are represented in the solutions provided by LAUNCH innovators. At the Summit entrepreneur Vigga Svensson of Vigga.us and Håkan Nordqvist, Director of Sustainability at IKEA, talked about why it’s imperative to entice consumers to be part of a sustainable culture.

Siddharth Hande of Kabadiwalla Connect and Amy Millington of eBay brought another important perspective to understanding circular economy as they talked about the importance of inclusivity and understanding the local context especially in the developing world.

Vigga Svensson of Vigga.Us and Siddharth Hande of Kabadiwalla Connect both represent new business models and solutions in a circular economy – at the LAUNCH website you can find more videos of LAUNCH Innovators describing their circular solutions within; recycling of cotton, green chemistry, platforms, technologies, waste to resource, supply chains, ecosystems and much more.

LAUNCH Innovators at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

ABOUT LAUNCH

Established in 2009, LAUNCH is a network-centred innovation platform founded on the belief that the problems of today are too big to be solved by any one organization alone. Our unique approach is to convene and curate networks of individuals and organizations to forge pathways for change together.

LAUNCH was founded by NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of State and NIKE, Inc., who joined together to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges.

 

LAUNCH Nordic Forum November 4-5, 2015 Malmö

IKEA Group, Nike Inc., NASA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, førende forskere, investorer samt nordiske og amerikanske regeringsrepræsentanter mødes i Malmø den 4.-5. November for at hjælpe 10 innovatører med at forme en verden af materialer, der er mere bæredygtig.

LAUNCH Nordic er en global innovationsplatform med fokus på bæredygtighed og måden, hvorpå vi i dag producerer og anvender materialer. I et forsøg på at gøre materialers værdikæde mere miljøvenlig, sætte skub i samarbejdet inden for erhvervslivet og få udbredt innovative idéer vedrørende bæredygtighed har LAUNCH Nordic fundet frem til 10 innovative idéer, der kan forbedre den måde, hvorpå vi anvender materialer.

Efter LAUNCH Nordic Summit den 28. april fik innovatører fra hele verden muligheden for at komme med innovative idéer, hvilket resulterede i 97 henvendelser fra over 35 lande på seks kontinenter. Et panel bestående af eksperter inden for området har nøje gennemgået alle henvendelserne. LAUNCH Nordics partnere har så udvalgt de 10 bedste innovatører, som nu indbydes til at deltage i mødet LAUNCH Nordic Forum i Malmø.

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“I år har der været markante innovatører fra hele verden med, og det er dejligt at se, at der er særdeles konkurrencedygtige nordiske innovatører med i feltet. Det unikke ved LAUNCH Nordic er samarbejdet mellem den offentlige og den private sektor om at skabe de rigtige betingelser for at få udbredt de nye bæredygtige løsninger. Vi glæder os meget til at møde innovatørerne på LAUNCH Nordic Forum i Malmø.”

Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Sustainability, Novozymes

På mødet LAUNCH Nordic Forum, 4-5 november, mødes 35 erhvervsledere, materialeeksperter, regeringsembedsmænd og investorer for at bidrage med deres indsigt og give gode råd om, hvordan man kan udbrede de ti innovationer indenfor bæredygtige materialer.

Håkan Nordkvist IKEA Group

“Jeg er virkelig spændt på at være med til LAUNCH Nordic Forum igen i år. LAUNCH Nordic har fået et rekordstort antal henvendelser fra innovatører fra hele verden, og jeg glæder mig til at arbejde sammen med de ti innovatører, der er udvalgt i år, om at få deres løsninger udbredt.”

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group

Hvert år fokuserer LAUNCH Nordic på et specifikt emne. I 2015 er der fokus på alternative råmaterialer og dyrkningsmetoder, bæredygtigt design og bæredygtig fremstilling samt bedre designredskaber til en cirkulær økonomi.

LAUNCH Nordic har udvalgt de 10 innovatører ud fra den positive miljømæssige eller sociale påvirkning, de har. De forskellige innovative idéer har potentiale til markant at forbedre bæredygtigheden i produktions-, fremstillings- og genbrugsfasen ved at indføre nye typer materialer eller alternative måder at anvende kendte materialer på.

De 10 LAUNCH Nordic-innovatører i 2015 er (i alfabetisk orden):

• AVESPA – Produktion af algebiomasse (US)
• EKOBALANS – Naturlige gødningsstoffer ud fra restprodukter (SE)
• MODTI – Elektronisk formelig hardware (FI)
• NIL TECHNOLOGY – Nanoprægede plastoverflader (DK)
• PAD HEAVEN – Hygiejnebind fremstillet af stængler af bananplanter (KE)
• PAXYMER – Miljøvenlig brandhæmmer (SE)
• POND – Biobaseret polymerharpiks (DK)
• SAPROGLUE – Biobaseret lim af sedimenter i søer (LV)
• SVENSKA AEROGEL – Ny metode til produktion af aerogel (SE)
• WET-GREEN – Naturlig garvning af læder (DE)

Feltet består af helt nye såvel som veletablerede virksomheder, og de udvalgte virksomheder fremlægger deres idéer og teknologier for et LAUNCH Nordic Council, der består af førende globale virksomheder, ministerier, forskningsinstitutioner – og endda astronauter.

Catherine Coleman NASA

 “Det er helt afgørende, at vi ser ud over vores egne grænser og indgår utraditionelle innovative partnerskaber, hvis vi vil opnå noget stort her på jorden og endnu længere væk. Her i Norden er der en stærk tradition og et stort potentiale, for så vidt angår bæredygtige løsninger på globale udfordringer. Og det er grunden til, at jeg glæder mig til LAUNCH Nordic Forum.”

Dr. Catherine Coleman, NASA-astronaut og Ph.d. i kemi

Efter LAUNCH Nordic Forum deltager innovatørerne i et acceleratorprogram, der skal være med til at få deres innovationer udbredt. En af de innovatører, der har gennemgået LAUNCH Nordics acceleratorprogram i 2014, er den svenske virksomhed Re:Newcell, som har udviklet en metode til effektiv genanvendelse af affaldstekstiler.

“I forbindelse med LAUNCH Nordic Forum kom vi ikke alene i kontakt med nogle af de vigtigste aktører på markedet, men fik også mulighed for at udvikle vores forretningsplan i samarbejde med både vores fremtidige kunder og vores fremtidige leverandører. Der var virkelig tale om en acceleratoreffekt!”

Henrik Norlin, Re:Newcell (Sverige), LAUNCH Nordic Innovator 2014

Deltagerne i LAUNCH Nordic Council er bl.a.: Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group; Anders Byriel, adm. direktør, Kvadrat; Geert Aagaard Andersen, ambassadør og sekretariatschef (3GF), Udenrigsministeriet; Mikkel Stenbæk, funktionsleder, Miljøstyrelsen; Carin Daal, afdelingschef, Region Skåne; Mike van der Zanden, Sustainability Director, Supply Chain Innovation Europe, Nike; Kira Blackwell, Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA – samt mere end 25 andre erhvervsrepræsentanter, iværksættere, forskere og investorer. De bidrager med kapital, troværdighed og evne til at hjælpe de ti innovatører med at få deres innovationer udbredt globalt.

Du kan finde flere oplysninger om dette års LAUNCH Nordic Challenge på:
http://www.launch.org/challenges/nordic-challenge-materials

Hvis du vil have flere oplysninger om innovatørerne og Forum-mødet, bedes du kontakte Sasha Beckmann, Lead Project Manager, LAUNCH Nordic: +45 40156483 – eller sasha@launch.org.

Hvis du vil vide mere om LAUNCH Nordic-partnerne, bedes du kontakte:

– IKEA Group: Jamie Rusby, ‎Head of Sustainability Communications: jamie.rusby@ikea.com
– Miljøministeriet: Mikkel Stenbæk: +45 40859405, mshan@mst.dk
– Udenrigsministeriet: Geert Aagaard Andersen, ambassadør og sekretariatschef (3GF),
– Novozymes: Debbie Spillane, Corporate Press Officer: DbSp@novozymes.com
– LAUNCH Nordic: Sofus Midtgaard: +45 30 220 111, sofus@launch.org

Baggrund

LAUNCH Nordic er en global innovationsplatform bestående af: IKEA Group, Novozymes og Kvadrat samt Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), Miljøministeriet, Region Skåne, Malmö Stad, VINNOVA og Region Hovedstaden. LAUNCH Nordic blev etableret i samarbejde med LAUNCH-grundlæggerne NASA, NIKE, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) og det amerikanske udenrigsministerium.

LAUNCH Nordic aims to revolutionize Sustainable Materials

NASA, IKEA Group, Novozymes, Nike Inc., Kvadrat, Nordic Government Institutions, leading scientists, designers and materials innovators joined the LAUNCH Nordic Summit April 28 in Copenhagen, to shape a better world of materials.

Materials have a significant impact on the planet. We globally produce 8 tons of plastic per. second, that is enough material to wrap up Sweden in plastic every 8 minutes. Only 1% of this is bio-plastic.

The LAUNCH Nordic Summit April 28, gathered key industry players, policy makers, material innovators, designers, pioneering researchers who will join forces to reimagine a greener value chain for materials. The Summit united representatives from organisations like Nike Inc., NASA, USAID, U.S. State Department, IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, LEGO, H&M, Carlsberg, Haldor Topsoe, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and several Nordic gov. officials.

Morten Østergaard Deputy Prime Minister Denmark

“The greatest challenges we face as societies, are global and demands solutions reaching across borders. They cannot be solved by nations or politicians alone. Collaboration like LAUNCH Nordic between American and Nordic institutions, governments and some of the largest companies, is the way forward if we want to find and accelerate sustainable solutions.

Morten Østergaard, Minister of Economic Affairs and the Interior.

Imagine a world where the raw materials for your t-shirt were grown in the ocean. Where microorganisms from food waste and fungi were being turned into packaging or furniture. Where your bed actively helped clean the air in your bedroom. And imagine that instead of owning everything around you, you leased it, keeping products and materials in the loop.

During the Summit, the LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2015 was announced. The challenge will be open to individuals and teams, start-ups and established companies.

 

Deadline for applications will be August 12, 2015. In October 2015 the top 10 innovations will be selected and participants will take part in a unique acceleration program that provides support, networking, and mentoring from influential business and government leaders.

Catherine Coleman NASA

“As NASA continues to develop the next-generation spacecraft astronauts will use to travel beyond low-Earth orbit on their way to an asteroid and eventually Mars, we are very interested in advancing our understanding of the system of materials. The Nordic region has been a pioneer when it comes to sustainability, and we look forward to gaining insights from the Nordic organizations and innovators who will take part in LAUNCH Nordic.”

Dr. Catherine Coleman, NASA Astronaut & PhD in Chemistry.

LAUNCH Nordic will search for innovations with the potential to go to scale globally, as well as game‐changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies or programs that have the potentials to shape a more sustainable world of materials and manufacturing. Read more here.

LAUNCH Nordic is a partnership between IKEA Group, Novozymes, Kvadrat, Vinnova, The Capital Region of Denmark, Region Skåne, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Ministry of the Environment, and Malmö Stad. What unites the partners in LAUNCH Nordic is a commitment to help green the value chain of materials, initiate industry collaborations, and scale sustainability innovations in materials.

Håkan Nordkvist IKEA Group

“We are working to make our whole product range more sustainable, including developing and expanding our use of materials that are better for people and the planet and playing an active role in the transition to a circular economy. LAUNCH Nordic is a collaboration of organisations committed to scaling up new sustainable materials and innovations and we are delighted to be involved.”

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group

LAUNCH Nordic is a part of LAUNCH – a global innovation platform founded by Nike Inc., NASA, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and The U.S. Department of State. LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change to identify and accelerate innovations that will help revolutionize sustainable materials.

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“What is special about LAUNCH Nordic is the strong partnership of both government, academic and industry. Public Private Partnerships is exactly what we need to help sustainable innovations go to scale. We look forward to help shape a more sustainable world of materials.

Claus Stig Pedersen, Senior Director, Sustainability, Novozymes.

Among participants at the LAUNCH Nordic Summit will be: Catherine Coleman, NASA Astronaut & PhD in Chemistry, Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group, Andrew Morlet, CEO of Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Nelleke van der Puil, VP Materials, LEGO Group and Ida Auken, Member of Danish Parliament & Young Global Leader WEF.

”We are excited to see the number and reach of the companies present at this year’s LAUNCH Nordic Summit. LAUNCH Nordic is a great example how partners on an international scale by joining forces can drive sustainability thus making a real impact. We are welcoming all our international partners in Greater Copenhagen to help us drive green growth by developing tomorrow’s solutions for production methods and new materials”.

Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman Capital Region of Denmark.

For more information about the Summit please contact Sofus Midtgaard, LAUNCH Nordic: +45 30220111 – or sofus@launch.org. For more about LAUNCH Nordic partners please contact:

Contacts

–        NASA:  Joshua Buck: jbuck@nasa.gov

–        IKEA Group: Jamie Rusby: jamie.rusby@ikea.com

–        Novozymes: Debbie Spillane: DbSp@novozymes.com

–        Capital Region of Denmark:  70 20 95 88

–        Danish Ministry of the Environment:  +45 40859405 mshan@mst.dk

–        Danish Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Interior: Philip Flores +45 72282400 pf@oim.dk

–        LAUNCH Nordic: Sofus Midtgaard: + 45 30220111 sofus@launch.org

 

About LAUNCH Nordic

LAUNCH Nordic is a public-private partnership by IKEA Group, Novozymes, Kvadrat, The Ministry of The Environment, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VINNOVA, Region Skåne, Malmö Stad, The City of Copenhagen and The Capital Region of Denmark. The initiative to introduce the Nordic region in the global LAUNCH collective was taken by a project group consisting of Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, Danish Fashion Institute, Danish Design Center and Leaderlab

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