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.

 

We need a Food Revolution

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By 2050 people living in cities will increase by 2.5-3.0 billion caused by urbanization. Climate Change will impact food production worldwide. And while obesity cost 2.0 trillion $ globally in treatments we still have 800 million people going to bed hungry every night. A new LAUNCH movement LAUNCH Food want’s to meet these global challenges. At Leaderlab we are engaged and helped organize LAUNCH Food’s third Big Think at IKEAs HQ in Malmø, August 17, 2016.

Everybody’s talking about how we need to change the food system and behaviorism around food. Topics like Population Growth, Urbanisation, a growing global Middle Class, Under-Nutrition, Food Security, Local Food, Obesity, Diabetes and Food Waste are making headlines globally.

August 17, 2016 LAUNCH invited partners from both industry, governments, global corporations, catering and foundations and ask them to imagine a Food Revolution.

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Nordic, US and Australian Ministries, UN-institutions, Global companies, Bio-dynamic Food-innovators and Scientists joined forces to identify areas of collective-action/intervention and new innovation opportunity areas.

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IKEA’s new headquarter provided a great location and frame for discussing how to mobilize a Global Food Revolution.

Increasingly, the quality and quantity of the world’s food supply is changing – and so is the way that people eat. The result is malnutrition and poor health in many communities across the world.

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Within hours of work the participants handed in the first ideas of which areas they found the most central for a Food Revolution. Afterwards a session of potential questions helped categorize and organize the structure of the challenge within the field. Passion, desire to change and concrete call for solutions created a atmosphere reflecting the importance of the theme. A successful and productive day among the Global and Nordic stakeholders providing a solid foundation for the upcoming challenge and call for innovators.

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LAUNCH Food is calling for innovators, entrepreneurs, organizations, and individuals from around the world to put forward innovative solutions for improving global health outcomes by enabling people to make healthy food choices. The call for innovation will be announced end september 2016 at the LAUNCH Food website

LAUNCH appreciate all inputs and express gratitude for the participation in creating the first steps towards addressing one of the most contemporary problems.

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For more information about LAUNCH Food details can be found at LAUNCH.ORG.

Contacts

– Leaderlab: Sofus Midtgard: sofus@leaderlab.com
– Leaderlab: Sissel Ødegaard: sissel@leaderlab.com

 

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

 

 

 

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.

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 “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

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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.

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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