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.

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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:

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“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

 

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: 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

10 Innovations That Could Create A Better World Of Materials

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IKEA Group, Nike Inc., NASA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, Leading Scientists, Investors, Nordic and U.S. Gov. Representatives will team up in Malmö, Sweden, Nov. 4-5 to support 10 innovators in shaping a more sustainable world of materials.

LAUNCH Nordic is a global innovation platform tackling sustainability challenges related to how we produce and use materials today. In an effort to green the value chain of materials, to initiate industry collaborations, and to scale sustainability innovations LAUNCH Nordic has identified 10 innovations that can change the system of using materials to a better one.

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A public call for innovations was released at the LAUNCH Nordic Summit, April 28, resulting in 97 applications from over 35 countries covering six continents. A panel of subject matter experts has carefully reviewed the applications. The LAUNCH Nordic partners selected the ten top innovators, who are now invited to participate in the LAUNCH Nordic Forum in Malmö, Sweden.

“This year we have seen strong innovators from all over the world, and I am happy to see a highly competitive Nordic field of innovators. The unique thing about LAUNCH Nordic is the public and private sector collaboration to create the right conditions to scale such new sustainable solution. We look very much forward to meet the innovators at the Forum in Malmo.”

Claus Stig Pedersen, Head of Sustainability, Novozymes

At the LAUNCH Nordic Forum in November, 35 industry executives, materials experts, government officials and investors will gather, to offer insight and guidance to help scale the ten innovations.

“I am exited to join the LAUNCH Nordic Forum again this year. LAUNCH Nordic have received a record number of applications from innovators around the world, and I am looking forward to work with this year’s ten selected innovators on how to take them to scale.“

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group

Each year LAUNCH Nordic puts focus on a specific theme. In 2015, the focus is on alternative raw materials and cultivation, sustainable design and manufacturing, and better design tools for a circular economy.

The 10 LAUNCH Nordic innovators are all selected based on their positive environmental or social impact. 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.

The top 10 LAUNCH Nordic innovators 2015 are (in alphabetic order):
AVESPA – Production of algal biomass (US)
EKOBALANS – Natural fertilizers from residues (SE)
MODTI – Electronically shapable hardware (FI)
NIL TECHNOLOGY – Nano imprinted plastic surfaces (DK)
POND – Bio-based polymer resin (DK)
PAD HEAVEN – Sanitary pads made of banana stems (KE)
PAXYMER – Green flame-retardant (SE)
SAPROGLUE – Bio-based glue from lake sediments (LV)
SVENSKA AEROGEL – New production method for Aerogel (SE)
WET-GREEN – Natural leather tanning (DE)

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

“To look beyond borders and co-innovate with unconventional partners is key, if we want to achieve great things on Earth and beyond. The Nordic region has a strong tradition and so much potential when it comes sustainable solutions to global challenges. That is why I look forward to the LAUNCH Nordic Forum.”

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

Following the LAUNCH Nordic Forum, innovators will take part in an accelerator program to help them bring their innovations to scale. One of the Innovators who has been through the LAUNCH Nordic 2014 Accelerator is the Swedish company Re:Newcell, who has developed a methods for efficient recycling of waste textiles;

“At the LAUNCH Nordic Forum we not only got in contact with some of the most important actors on the market, we got a chance to develop our business plan in co-operation with both our future customers as well as our future suppliers. This was a true accelerator!”

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

The LAUNCH Nordic Council participants include: Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group, Anders Byriel, CEO Kvadrat, Geert Aagaard Andersen, Ambassador & Head of Secretariat (3GF), 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, Kira Blackwell, Program Executive, Office of the Chief Technologist, NASA – 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.

Catherine Coleman NASA

LAUNCH invites you to follow the hashtag #LAUNCHNordic on Tuesday November 3, 2015 from 5:30-6:00 CET (12:30 EST & 9:30 PST) for a social storytelling event on Twitter and Periscope. NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman will be joined by three LAUNCH innovators for a conversation on sustainability and materials innovation. We encourage you to follow along and add your voice to the conversation using #LAUNCHNordic. The main Twitter handles for this event will be: @Astro_Cady @LAUNCHorg and @LAUNCHNordic

For more information on the challenge please go to:
http://www.launch.org/challenges/nordic-challenge-materials

For more information about Innovators and the Forum please contact Sasha Beckmann, Lead Project Manager LAUNCH Nordic: +45 40156483 – or sasha@launch.org.

For more about LAUNCH Nordic partners please contact:
– IKEA Group: Jamie Rusby, ‎Head of Sustainability Communications: jamie.rusby@ikea.com
– Danish Ministry of the Environment: Mikkel Stenbæk: +45 40859405, mshan@mst.dk
– Novozymes: Debbie Spillane, Corporate Press Officer: DbSp@novozymes.com
– LAUNCH Nordic: Sofus Midtgaard: +45 30 220 111, sofus@launch.org

Background

LAUNCH Nordic is a global innovation platform by: IKEA Group, Novozymes, and Kvadrat, as well as the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), The Danish Ministry of the Environment, 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.

Relevant information

A Better World of Materials – Sustainable Innovators Unite!

Submissions for this year’s LAUNCH Nordic Challenge on Sustainable Materials are coming in from Innovators all over the world. With the deadline August 12, 2015, we are reaching out to make sure we do not overlook any great innovations out there.

Last year we recieved 65 applications from 18 different countries. We selected 9 innovators – among them Henrik from Re:Newcell that we helped scale his business in collaboration with people from IKEA, Nike, Novozymes, Scientists, and Government Officials.

You can help create a Better World of Materials in three ways:

  1. Send an email to Sasha Beckmann: sasha@launch.org today if you know innovators we should reach out to
  2. Forward this e-mail – or contact relevant innovators directly
  3. Share this year’s challenge on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook: http://launch.org/nordic

Spreading the challenge directly to innovators or your network would be an invaluable help.

LAUNCH Nordic will select 10 innovators and support them in scaling globally through our international partners, network and accelerator program.

CHALLENGE STATEMENT 2015:

How can we – through new types of materials, or alternative ways of using known materials – significantly increase sustainability in production, manufacturing, and recycling?

Specifically, LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2015 is focusing on innovations within the areas of:

  • Alternative raw-materials & cultivation
  • Sustainable design and manufacturing
  • Better design tools for a circular economy

We are interested in innovations with the potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

Submissions for this years challenge closes on 12 August 2015.

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