FASHION IS ONE OF THE MOST POLLUTING INDUSTRIES ON THE PLANET.

Let’s help the industry get more sustainable through innovation.

THE START-UP CALL IS NOW OPEN.

Do you have a solid technology ready to be tested by the world’s leading brands?
Then we would love to hear from you.

14 February

CALL CLOSES

28 February

SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

30 March

INNOVATION MEETS FASHION CONFERENCE Lugano, CH

31 March

FASHION INNOVATION AWARD PITCH
Lugano, CH

from 1 April

MENTORSHIP FOR WINNERS

FASHION INNOVATION AWARD 2020
- Sustainability Edition

Tackling the burning issues of fashion sustainability is a massive innovation space. It is an opportunity for FashionTech start-ups to put together the business and meaningfulness.

We work with our Partners, Brands and Jury members to select, promote and help scale-up the most promising FashonTech start-ups working towards a more sustainable future.

Do you have a ground-breaking solution that could help big players tackle sustainability? How about a possibility to showcase your solution to dozens of leading fashion brands and investors in one go?

Read on and apply for the Fashion Innovation Award 2020 – Sustainability Edition.

WHO QUALIFIES?

We encourage applications from start-ups that:

  • are in-revenue and with existent user cases;
  • as part of their mission, prioritize tacking an aspect of fashion sustainability;
  • have a B2B solution ideal for fashion brands; or a technology can be somehow used by a brand;
  • can demonstrate in a measurable way the impact of their solution on sustainability (over time and/or in contrast with mainstream solutions).

Early-stage start-ups do not qualify.

WHY APPLY?

Fashion Innovation Award is where start-ups come to do business.

Over the last three years, the Award has gained a reputation of a curated launch platform for FashonTech start-ups: it gives promising FashionTech entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to pitch their solution directly to dozens of senior industry decision makers, all the way to the c-level executives.

Both finalists and winners get a set of carefully tailored benefits, all designed to have an immediate effect on the start-ups’ scaling up: first-person introductions, designated free consultancy packages, publicity, etc.

THE CATEGORIES

Fashion Innovation Award 2020 encourages start-up applications in 3 categories:  

SUSTAINABLE
PRODUCTION 

solutions that enable the creation of more sustainable fashion garments: 

    • Sustainable design
    • Alternative materials
    • New agricultural techniques
    • New energy- and water-saving
      techniques applied in textile processing
    • Zero-carbon manufacturing
    • Supply chain redesign
    • Working conditions & pay 

SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION 

solutions contributing to the circular economy:

  • New customization techniques
  • Sharing economy
  • Product life extension models: second-hand, vintage, up-scaling
  • Waste management
  • Consumer education
  • SUSTAINABLE RETAILING
    & LOGISTICS

    solutions improving the ways in which the goods reach the consumer:

    • Transparency and traceability
    • Logistics
    • Packaging
    • Distribution Channels

    THE PRIZE

    Both finalists and winners get a set of carefully tailored benefits, all designed to have an immediate effect on the start-ups’ scaling up:

    THE FINALISTS GET:

    • Free booth at the Innovation Meets Fashion conference in Lugano (CH) on March 30, 2020 at a dedicated “Loomish Innovation Lounge”. The conference gathers over 1,000 industry leaders;
    • Free tickets to the Innovation Meets Fashion event for 2 members of their team;
    • On March 31, 2020 – Closed-door pitch presentation: unprecedented visibility with investors, industry leaders, media and potential customers: brands, retailers, manufacturers;
    • Possibility of one-to-one meetings and business introductions;
    • Free consultancy session: “The road to scaling up” by Loomish;
    • Setting up your business in Switzerland – fiscal and legal implications – free consultancy;
    • Promotional activities and PR.

    THE WINNERS (1/CATEGORY) GET:

    • Matching mentors program: each start-up gets its dedicated high-profile mentor;

    • 1 year free desk & office services for 1 person in Technopolo Ticino, Switzerland;

    • Inclusion in the report “FashionTech for Sustainabilty” by Loomish and NetComm Suisse;

    • Promotion as the Award winner in European and Swiss media, as well as on proprietary social media channels;

    • The Fashion Innovation Award trophy.

    REASON BEHIND THIS CALL

    Our ultimate goal is helping fashion brands become more sustainable through innovation.

    Over the last year, there has been a significant a shift in the collective consciousness regarding the urgency of putting a joint effort into making the Fashion industry more sustainable.

    In order to transition towards a more sustainable fashion system, the industry needs to face a number of serious challenges across its supply chain – from factory to retail floor. Undoubtedly, there will always be a friction between a fashion company’s financial results and addressing any of the above issues.

    That is why tackling the burning issues of fashion sustainability is a massive innovation space. 

    AWARD PARTNERS