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.

 

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.

 

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

Event Coordinator Internship 2016

Leaderlab is offering a 3-6 months Event Coordinator Internship for students, starting August/September 2016. 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 to this you will be involved in other partnerships to help plan and handle execution of events.

We are a small but dynamic organization, who 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. The Internship is unpaid. We opperate globally but most events will take place in the Greater Copenhagen Area. We work and communicate predominantly in English.


Profile

We are looking for a structured, ‘hands-on’ profile who can help organize events with regard to all the logistical aspects, coordination with speakers, guest management – in other words, making sure the events run smoothly.

Event Co-Producer Leaderlab

We expect that you are

  • A good and structured organizer, who can take action and get things done
  • Able to help plan and execute an event/project, update to-do lists and follow-up
  • Liaise with logistical partners involved in the project (venues, catering, technicians, hotels etc.)
  • A problem-solver with a positive approach to things
  • Familiar with Excel or Google Docs
  • Prior experience with project- or event management will be a plus

You are probably the one who takes the lead when things need to get done in your study group. You might have been involved in organizing student- or volunteer events previously, or have experience as a scout? We work and communicate predominantly in English but basic Danish language skills and local knowledge about Copenhagen is required. We only accept 3-6 month interns and we expect that you will be joining min. 30 hours a week. The Internship is unpaid.

Send your CV and motivation letter

The important thing is not your line of study or your grades – but your drive, people skills and your ability to work in a dynamic environment and getting things done. If you fit the profile please send a short application to: info@leaderlab.com stating how you can contribute as an intern.

We will evaluate the received applications on an ongoing basis, and close for applications once the right Intern is found, so send in your letter of motivation and CV sooner than later.

If you have questions feel free to contact Managing Partner, Sofus Midtgaard: sofus@leaderlab.com or +45 30220111 for more information on internships.

LAUNCH Nordic: Closing the Loop – how do we create a more sustainable society?

Imagine a world where instead of owning everything you leased it. We know it sounds a bit crazy. But what if it wasn’t! What if it was the birth of a sustainability revolution where waste is turned into resources and kept out of landfill? What if it was the starting point of an age keeping products and materials in the loop? An age of products designed to last, be repaired, to be disassembled and to be recycled…

Everybody’s talking about the potentials in the Circular Economy. But how do we create closed loop systems and material streams? How do we design and manufacture for disassembly and recycling? And how do we shift to new business models that stimulate the design of durable products and re-use?

These questions are at the center of this year’s LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge. IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat and several Nordic Ministries and public institutions have joined forces to accelerate a more circular economy.

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“We are working to make our whole product range more sustainable, including playing an active role in the transition to a circular economy. We are looking for innovators with disruptive ideas and fresh mindsets who can help us on this journey. I’m looking forward to help select and interact with this years five selected innovators.”

Håkan Nordkvist, Head of Sustainability Innovation, IKEA Group

This year LAUNCH Nordic offer five selected innovators the opportunity to join a coalition of companies, government institution and innovators, committed to accelerate the shift to a circular economy. We are looking for game changing ideas and innovations for this year’s challenge: Closed Loop Solutions and Recycling Technologies.

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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 this year’s innovators and shape a more sustainable society.

Claus Stig Pedersen, Senior Director, Sustainability, Novozymes.

The LAUNCH Nordic challenge 2016 is open to individuals and teams, start-ups and established companies. Deadline for applications will be September 1, 2016. In October 2016 the top 5 innovations will be selected and the teams will take part in a unique program that provides support, networking, and mentoring from influential business and government leaders.

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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

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, design tools, materials, manufacturing processes, technologies or systems or programs that have the potentials to shape a more sustainable society.

“Region Skåne is a partner in LAUNCH Nordic because of the strong commitment from both Nordic and Global partners like IKEA, Nozozymes, Kvadrat, Nike, USAID and U.S. State Department. LAUNCH Nordic offers a unique platform to identify and collectively scale innovations with a positive impact of people and society.”

Carin Dahl, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Region Skåne

Vigga Svensson – a 2014 LAUNCH Nordic Innovator, who herself is pioneering circular economy with her start-up Vigga.us – delivering subscription based baby-clothing says the following:

 

“I hope a lot of great innovators from around the world with ideas to accelerate the shift to a more circular and sustainable world will apply.

Vigga Svensson, Founder, Vigga.US – and LAUNCH Nordic Innovator 2014

For more information about LAUNCH Nordic and this years Innovation Challenge on Closed Loop Systems & Recycling Technologies please read the full challenge here contact Sofus Midtgaard, LAUNCH Nordic: +45 30220111 – or sofus@launch.org. For more about LAUNCH Nordic partners please contact:

Contacts

– IKEA Group: Jamie Rusby: jamie.rusby@ikea.com
– Novozymes: Debbie Spillane: DbSp@novozymes.com
– Kvadrat: Anders Byriel: ab@kvadrat.org
– Vigga.US: Peter R. Svensson: +45 22665595 peter@vigga.us

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 EPA and Region Skåne. 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

The challenge is available at the LAUNCH Nordic website:
http://www.launch.org/challenges/closing-the-loop

 

 

 

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