Meet the 8 new LAUNCH Innovators Transforming Design and Manufacturing

The LAUNCH Innovation Challenge 2017: Design and Manufacturing for a Circular Economy received an outstanding 112 submissions from innovators representing 39 different countries. Thank you to everyone involved in the process. It has been an amazing journey and we are honored to receive responses from such an interesting group of solutions from around the world. Today, it is our pleasure to announce the eight selected innovators:

  • Circular Devices – PuzzlePhone is a modular smartphone designed for longevity and circularity; it is customizable, repairable, and upgradable
  • EON – The industry’s first RFID tag in the form of a thread that can integrate with textiles to power recycling
  • Living Ink Technologies – Making renewable and biodegradable printing ink from algae
  • Colorifix – Converting agricultural residues into pigments and dyed textiles using no acids or solvents – just sugar and biology
  • StrataLayer – Modular build furniture that changes according to life scenarios (picture above)
  • AEROPOWDER – A sustainable insulation material created from waste feathers
  • Recircular – A brokering platform that proposes alternatives for a given waste stream and connects the generator with potential consumers
  • University College, London – A new policy that companies only sell the lifetime services of their products but retain ownership of the materials

The LAUNCH team and partners selected this year’s eight innovators following an extensive review conducted by more than 42 professional experts from research organizations, government institutions, and global companies. Each of the selected innovators offer solutions to accelerate Circular Economy using new design techniques and alternative ways of manufacturing and production.

Aeropowder LAUNCH innovator 2017

AEROPOWDER – A sustainable insulation material created from waste feathers

Living Ink Technologies

Living Ink Technologies – Making renewable and biodegradable printing ink from algae

What’s next?

These eight selected innovators are invited to attend this year’s LAUNCH Accelerator Forum at LAUNCH partner Kvadrat’s HQ, November 29-30. At the Forum the innovators will be joined by 35 industry executives, government officials, investors, and experts in design, manufacturing, and materials. Here, everyone will work together to support and help scale the innovations by offering one-on-one mentorship, access to market partners, and facilitated opportunities for investment with LAUNCH partners and others.

If anyone is interested in one of these innovators, or has ideas that can help them scale, please reach out to Toke Sabroe at toke@launch.org

Let’s connect!

This year, we will be providing live updates from the Forum, so do not miss out! Make sure to connect with us on Facebook for live videos and interviews, and follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #LAUNCHCircular for highlights and a live Twitter conversation.

Fremtidens produkter skal redesignes nu

Tænk hvis din IKEA box-madras nemt kunne ombetrækkes eller skilles og genanvendes? Tænk hvis vi ikke alle havde 5-10 ubrugte power-tools liggende, men delte dem med de andre beboere i opgangen eller baggården? Og tænk hvis du i stedet for at eje – lejede en smartphone, hvor man let kunne udskifte batteriet og som en robot kunne skille ad og sikre at alle komponenter blev genanvendt? Vi inviterer forbrugere, politikere, designere og virksomheder til at skille produkter og gentænke fremtidens bæredygtige og cirkulære produkter og services. Det sker til workshoppen: Du har guld i garagen på Deleøkonomisk Folemøde i Aarhus d. 21. August fra 15.00-17.30.

Hvordan skaber vi produkter, der egner sig til genbrug og deling?

I dag er mange af de produkter vi omgiver os med – computere, mobiltelefoner, boremaskiner, og selv møbler og hårde hvidevarer – ikke designet til at kunne repareres, genanvendes, genbruges eller deles. Nogle produkter er tilmed designet til at have en kort levetid. Derfor skal vi tænke anderledes i måden hvorpå vores produkter er designet.

“I IKEA ønsker vi at medvirke til at skabe en ny type dialog og partnerskab på tværs af designere leverandører og forbrugere, alt sammen med henblik på, at sikre, at vores produkter bruges og genbruges så længe som muligt. Vi arbejder hele tiden på, at designe og udvikle produkter, services og forretningsmodeller, som understøtter en højere grad af cirkularitet i vores forretning og i samfundet generelt”, udtaler Jonas Engberg, Sustainability Manager, IKEA

Jonas Engberg Ikea

Jonas Engberg, IKEA

Design- og krav til æstetik samt produktionsomkostninger driver produktdesign i en retning, hvor produkterne bliver sværere at adskille, reparere og genbruge.

“For Dell er den cirkulære tankegang ikke noget nyt. Vi har arbejdet med bæredygtigt design i hele produkternes livscyklus i mange år. Vi har en meget seriøs plan, og har allerede implementeret en række tiltag. Eksempelvis kan 90% af materialer i en computer recycles. Vi anvender genbrugsmaterialer i vores produkter, hvor 35% af plastik i en typisk Dell computer nu er genbrugsplast fra vandflasker. Vi hjælper også vores kunder med at genanvende deres IT-udstyr i 83 lande over hele verden. Det er en lang innovationsrejse, hvor vi hele tiden kan løfte barren. Hvis vi for alvor skal lykkes med en omstilling til et mere cirkulært og bæredygtigt system er det afgørende, at vi får alle aktører med om bordet, så vi sammen kan tegne det store billede og hver især gøre vores del – producenter, politikere, kunder og genindvindingsindustrien”, udtaler Louise Koch, Corporate Sustainability Lead for EMEA, Dell

Louise Koch, Dell

Med ‘Circular By Design’ samler vi dem, der kan gøre noget ved det: Virksomhedsledere og designerne der skaber produkterne, borgerne der køber dem, politikerne der sætter retningslinjerne, og affaldsselskaberne der i sidste ende håndterer produkterne. Det gør vi for at udforske, lære, forstå og påvirke, hvilke krav vi sammen skal stille til designet af fremtidens produkter og for at skabe et mere bæredygtigt samfund.

”I LAUNCH arbejder vi sammen med organisationer som Nike, IKEA, Kvadrat, Novozymes, eBay om at hjælpe start-ups med cirkulære innovationer løsninger. Med Circular by Design og workshoppen: ”Du har guld i garagen” ønsker vi at starte en samfundsbevægelse mod længere holdbarhed af vores produkter. Vi glæder os til at se virksomhedsledere, designere, politikere og forbrugere i øjenhøjde omkring en fælles udfordring: at skabe en ny generation af cirkulære produkter”, udtaler Sofus Midtgaard, Nordic Lead, LAUNCH.org

Sofus Midtgaard

Sofus Midtgaard, LAUNCH.org

Cirkulær økonomi kræver folkeligt engagement

Cirkulær økonomi har efterhånden opnået stor politisk engagement med blandt andet EU kommissionens Cirkulær Økonomi pakke og senest den danske regerings vision for Danmarks omstilling til cirkulær økonomi med fem konkrete målsætninger, fire overordnede pejlemærker og 27 anbefalinger til konkrete indsatser, der skal styrke omstillingen til en cirkulær økonomi.

”Gennem arbejdet i regeringens Advisory Board for Cirkulær Økonomi, hvor jeg var formand, er vi kommet med 27 anbefalinger til, hvordan vi kan accelerere den cirkulære omstilling. En overgang til en mere cirkulær økonomi byder på gyldne muligheder for danske virksomheder og for det danske samfund, og vil samtidig bidrage til den danske strategi for løsning af  FN’s 17 verdensmål. Det helt afgørende er nu, at vi får gjort cirkulær økonomi til noget de danske virksomheder, det offentlige og den enkelte dansker kan engagere sig i. Jeg ser frem til at tale på Deleøkonomisk Folkemødet den 21. august og til workshoppen ”Du har guld i garagen”. Folkemødet er et godt eksempel på, hvordan vi bringer cirkulær økonomi i øjenhøjde”, udtaler Flemming Besenbacher, bestyrelses formand for Carlsberg og Carlsbergfondet

 

Flemming Besenbacher, bestyrelses formand for Carlsberg og Carlsbergfondet

Deleøkonomisk Folkemøde August 21st 2017I denne sammenhæng kan også byerne spille en aktiv rolle i omstillingen til en cirkulær økonomi.

“Aarhus Kommune gør rigtig meget for at støtte en bedre udnyttelse af ressourcer. Det gælder både deleøkonomi og cirkulær økonomi. I fremtiden skal vi bruge de ressourcer, vi har til rådighed igen og igen, hvis vi skal blive ved med at kunne skabe værdi i vores samfund. Det handler basalt set om sund fornuft, når vi designer, producerer, forbruger og skaffer os af med det, vi ikke skal bruge længere. Jo bedre vi er til at udnytte ressourcer og potentialer, jo bedre er vi til at fastholde og udvikle et bæredygtigt velfærdssamfund. Bæredygtighed og vækst behøver ikke være hinandens modsætninger”,  udtaler Jacob Bundsgaard, Borgmester Aarhus.

Forretningsområder som service-, reparations- og reservedelsindustrien kommer derfor til at vokse og overtage en stor del af markedet fra nye produkter:

”Hos PlanMiljø arbejder vi aktivt med den cirkulære agenda sammen med affaldsselskaberne og gennem partnerskabet for offentlige indkøb kigger vi på hvordan offentlige indkøb kan være med til at accelerere omstillingen til Cirkulær Økonomi og bedre ressourceanvendelse. Workshoppen i Aarhus bliver startskuddet til at engagere forbrugere og drøfte hvilke krav man som forbruger kan stille til de produkter der omgiver en”, udtaler Rikke Fischer-Bogason, Chefkonsulent, PlanMiljø

Om CIRCULAR BY DESIGN

Workshoppen: Du har guld i garagen d. 21/8 i Aarhus bliver kick-off på CIRCULAR BY DESIGN der vil blive fulgt op af andre events i regionen og i Hovedstadsområdet blandt andet en seminarrække på KADK i efteråret med cirkulære innovatører og designere. Ambitionerne er over et kommende år at skabe en folkebevægelse for mere cirkulære og bæredygtige produkter.

Deleøkonomisk Folkemøde, 21. august 2017

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Dato: 21/8
Tid: Kl. 15.00-17.30
Sted: Konferencescenen, Givismevejen

Presse kontakt:
• Leaderlab og LAUNCH: Sofus Midtgaard, Managing Partner | sofus@leaderlab.com | +45 30220111
• Deleøkonomisk Folkemøde: Kontaktperson Arhus Kommune
• Plan Miljø: Rikke Fischer-Bogason, Chefkonsulent, Planmiljø | +45 17 281 550 | rfb@planmiljoe.dk
• Dell: Christian Riise, Kommunikations- & Marketingdirektør, Dell EMC | +45 4139 7776 | christian.riise@dell.com
• Carlsbergfondet: Jane Benarroch, Presse og Kommunikationsansvarlig | jb@carlsbergfoundation.dk | +45 33 43 53 87
• IKEA: Rikke Andersen | rikke.andersen1@ikea.com | +45 4186 5425

(Photo credit: Todd McLellan, “Things Come Apart”)

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

Join the design revolution to enable Circular Economy

Imagine a world where every product was a service. A future of zero ownership. A future where all products were designed to last, to be reused, repaired and recycled keeping products and materials in the loop. It sounds amazing, right? This year LAUNCH invites up to 10 innovators to join a design revolution to help make Circular Economy a reality.

Cady Coleman

At the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) in Helsinki June 5th 2017, LAUNCH  partners will be announcing this year’s Innovation Challenge: Design & Manufacturing for a Circular Economy. We seek innovators globally with the potential to create a shift in the way we design and manufacture for a circular and inclusive society. We urge individuals, teams, start-ups and established companies and organisations to apply, and help us find the answers to this year’s challenge.

Joining us for the announcement of this years LAUNCH Innovation Challenge will be WCEF 2017 Keynote Speaker Dr. Cady Coleman, former NASA Astronaut and polymer chemist.

“Never before has international collaboration been more important to accelerate our transition to a more sustainable way of life on earth. I look forward to joining the World Circular Economy Forum in Helsinki to help connect businesses, governments, cities and innovators who are working to enable this transition”, says Dr. Cady Coleman, former NASA Astronaut.

This year LAUNCH offers up to 10 innovators the unique opportunity to join and get access to the LAUNCH network of industry pioneers, government, investors and previous innovators to collectively work to build and accelerate the innovations. This will include receiving personal mentoring and help to test, pilot and scale the innovations.

The LAUNCH partners look forward to this year’s innovators and their solutions and how they can help create new joint ventures and accelerate the circular economy even further:

Håkan Nordkvist IKEA opening

“At IKEA Group we want to play an active role in the transition to a circular economy. This year we are looking for innovators, disruptive ideas and fresh mindsets who can inspire the whole industry to design products and services for a circular economy”, says Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group.

One critical component in enabling a Circular Economy is that we start designing and manufacturing products in new ways. If products are to last, reused, repaired and recycled we need to empower designers and manufacturers to make better choices regarding materials, binders, coating and manufacturing technologies:

“New design and manufacturing processes are critical to accelerate the transition to a Circular Economy. At Novozymes we look forward to work with and help innovators from around the world, who can help inspire and lead this transition”, says Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Novozymes.

Vigga Svensson is a 2014 LAUNCH Nordic Innovator, who recently won the Design Design Award 2017 on best customer experience. Design is at the heart of her success and to this she says:

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“To go from selling products to delivering a circular subscription service, you need to rethink how you design both the products, the customer journey and your service. I believe that rethinking design is at the heart of enabling Circular Economy and I hope that we see a lot of great innovators joining LAUNCH this year”, says Vigga Svensson, Founder, Vigga.us – LAUNCH Nordic Innovator 2014

Deadline for applications will be September 1, 2017. In October 2017 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 businesses and government leaders.

“Circular Economy is on everybody’s lips these years. But action rather than talk and reports will drive the transition. That’s why I love working with pioneering partners and innovators through LAUNCH. I look forward to hosting this years LAUNCH Forum at Kvadrat in November where we will meet with the selected innovators and help them go to scale”, says Anders Byriel, CEO, Kvadrat

This year’s LAUNCH Innovation Challenge on Design & Manufacturing for Circular Economy will be announced June 5th at 15.00 (CET) at the WCEF in Helsinki (Finlandia Hall) and online at launch.org


Contact information

Download this press release as PDF – Press release LAUNCH Innovation Challenge 2017 For more information about LAUNCH or this year’s Innovation Challenges please contact Sofus Midtgaard, LAUNCH Nordic: +45 30220111 – or sofus@launch.org

For more about the participating LAUNCH partners and innovators please contact:
IKEA Group: Corporate Communications – +46 (0)72 886 57 81 or communications.gl@ikea.com
Novozymes: Rene Tronborg: retr@novozymes.com
Kvadrat: Alice Rasmussen: +45 8953 1862 or ar@kvadrat.org
vigga.us: Peter R. Svensson:+45 22665595 or  peter@vigga.us

About LAUNCH
LAUNCH was founded in 2009 as a strategic partnership between NASA, NIKE, Inc., the US Department of State, and the US Agency for International Development. LAUNCH identifies and supports visionaries whose ideas, technologies, or programs have the potential to create a better world. Through a series of meetings, events, and an annual forum, LAUNCH has successfully introduced innovations that are solving urgent challenges facing our society today.

Since its founding, LAUNCH has attracted numerous additional strategic partners and supporters. In 2016, LAUNCH ran multiple challenges focusing on Food, Smarter Chemistry and on Closing the Loop.

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

 

10 RULES FOR SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERSHIPS!

Collaboration and partnerships play a critical role when companies, governments and cities wish to drive sustainable growth. But establishing and running partnerships is a new leadership dicipline. Leaderlab Founder & Managing Partner Sofus Midtgaard was in Istanbul this week to give a keynote on the topic.

In a 2015 survey by MIT Sloan Management Review, The Boston Consulting Group and the United Nations Global Compact, 90% of executives state that collaboration is important to address sustainability challenges while only 47% are actively engaged in sustainability collaboration and partnerships.

Over the last five years partnerships to drive sustainable growth have become increasingly important. Systemic challenges – i.e. unaware investors, disengaged citizens, lack of enabling policy or introduction of new standards throughout a supply chain – are all issues that no-one company can address on its own.

With the Sustainable Development Goals it was outlined that multi-stakeholder partnerships are fundamentally necessary and should encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships.

Paul Polman

“When you look at any issue, such as food or water scarcity, it is very clear that no individual institution, government or company can provide the solution”

Poul Polman, CEO, UNILEVER

Collaboration and partnerships play a critical role in addressing systemic barriers, driving collaborative innovation and sharing risk. But like most complex projects, partnerships have a failure rate of about 50 % (Harvard Business Review, 2004). Here are 10 rules for successful sustainability partnerships that will help you avoid the most common pitfalls and help you build partnerships that last and will drive change.

Cyrus Wadia opening Summit Nike HQ

Cyrus Wadia opening Summit Nike HQ

”These are massive problems of scale. they are going to require an ecosystem of thinkers and solvers and creative minds.”

Cyrus Wadia, VP, Nike

 

Haakan Nordkvist, IKEA opening the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit at Nike HQ

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation IKEA Group.

“Collaboration can bring great results, for example we work closely with Nike to pioneer new techniques for textile dyeing that dramatically reduce the use of water, energy and chemicals”

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group

 

Here are the slides from the presentation:

 

 

10 Rules for Sustainability Partnerships

 

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 1. PARTNER WITH PURPOSE

Partnerships should make you able to achieve something you can not achieve on your own. Partnerships should never be the parking lot for difficult CSR-agendas better solved alone
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sweet-spot2. FIND THE SWEET SPOT

Senior leadership support might give you a head start – but unless you find a sweet spot for the participating managers you will fail. Make sure to find a sweet spot/overlap between core strategic priorities of the partners.

 

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3. SET FEW BUT AMBITOUS GOALS

Many stakeholders often result in cluttered goals and reporting. Agree on a moonshot, or at least set a few but ambitious goals, that will aspire people for change.

 

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4. CONTRIBUTE WITH MORE THAN MONEY

No partnership can run on money alone. Only by leaning in you will harvest the real benefits of a partnership.

 

 

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5. PASSION IS KEY

You can prepare, make strategies and plans – but in the end it always comes down to people. A partnership needs champions who would die in a ditch for what the partnership is trying to achieve.

 

 

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6. DEDICATE THE RIGHT PEOPLE

If a partnership is strategic, staff it like it is strategic! Include people from relevant business units – not just the CSR department.

 

 

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7. GET BEYOND THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Unconventional partners will bring new perspectives and spur innovation. Watch out for the usual suspects when forming partnerships.

 

 

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8. BE A CATALYST

Some of the most effective partnerships are the ones that map, connect and embrace existing initiatives – rather than conquer them. This is especially true when it comes to systemic challenges.

 

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9. BE OPEN FOR SURPRISES

Even a focused partnership with few and clear goals will produce unexpected value for partners. Be open for surprises and calibrate your measures of success.

 

 

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10. SHARE THE LOVE

You can achieve amazing things if you are able to step back and let other people step into the limelight.

 

Haakan Nordkvist, IKEA ad Cyrus Wadia, Nike

Haakan Nordkvist, IKEA and Cyrus Wadia, Nike on stage at LAUNCH CIRCULAR INNOVATION SUMMIT, March 2017.

Up to 50% of all partnerships fail to deliver value and are terminated before time (HBR, 2004). Try to think about these 10 rules in relation to your existing partnerships or next time you consider entering a new partnership.

If you have reflections or suggestions to this list please feel free to contact us.  If you need help shaping a new partnership, mapping potential partners or focusing and energizing an existing partnership, do not hesitate on contact us:

Sofus Midtgaard, Managing Partner & Toke Sabroe, Partner, Leaderlab.

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