LUXFORWARD AWARD

LuxForward Award

LOOKING FOR TECHNOLOGIES THAT ENABLE CIRCULAR DESIGN AND NEW OWNERSHIP MODELS IN LUXURY

Featuring an unparalleled jury panel of high-ranking leaders from the luxury world, this call is looking for mature B2B and B2B2C tech start-ups / scale-ups that can help luxury brands enforce sustainability through technology, with a special focus on circular design and new ownership models.

Sponsored by Cognizant, the initiative aims at helping transform the luxury industry through innovation

Do you have solid technology in this arena?
If so, we would love to hear from you!

Timeline

30.06

CALL OPENS

9.09

CALL CLOSES

21.09

FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENT

7.10

LUXFORWARD AWARD PITCH DAY

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LuxForward - The Jury

Finalists will be invited to pitch in front of a prestigious jury represented by the most important individuals leading the Luxury Industry today.

Maria Aguardo 
Director of Heritage & Innovation at Bally

Amarinder Bedi
Service Line Specialist at Cognizant

Alexandra Béhêtre
Global Marketing CRM / Online Head at Dufry

Fulvio Benetti
Corporate CRM & Sustainability Director at Zegna

Francesco Bottigliero
iCEO at Brunello Cucinelli

Antonio Carriero
Chief Digital & Technology Officer at Breitling

Francesco Cicognani
Senior Vice President Apparel Products Hugo Boss Ticino SA

Xia Feng
Founder & CEO at The How Consulting

Matteo Margini
Worldwide Group eBusiness Director at Design Holding

Marcello Messina
Worldwide Head of eBusiness at Tod’s

Stefan Metzger
Country Managing Director Switzerland at Cognizant

Alessandro Neri
Global Head of Brand at Timex Lux division

Luca Pronzati
Head of Innovation at MSC Cruises 

Francesco Pugliese
Director, Corporate Business Innovation at MSC Cruises

Fabrizio Rinaldi
Digital Innovation and Growth Hacking Manager at Versace

Axel-Robert Tissot
Innovation Manager at Richemont

Thomas Martin Weber
Practice Head Consumer Products, Retail & Manufacturing at Cognizant

Gianluigi Zarantonello
Director of Digital Solutions at Valentino

What are we looking for?

The concept of the circular fashion industry is a fast-growing movement to reuse and recycle all materials, eliminating waste and pollution and regenerating the environment in a “circular model”, which forces brands to rethink the fundamentals of how the industry operates.

Category 1

CIRCULAR DESIGN

B2B and B2B2C solutions that help brands design apparel and accessories in a way to last, to be reused, recycled, upcycled

  • Circular design enablers
  • Design programs for easy assembly and disassembly
  • Tracking materials across the value chain, from farm sourcing onwards
  • Blockchain and Crypto utilization
  • Smart labelling
  • Redesign
  • Recycling
  • Upcycling
  • Marketplaces for selling discarded product leftovers or scraps
  • Solutions that help reduce waste
  • 3D design

Category 2

NEW OWNERSHIP MODEL

B2B and B2B2C solutions that help increase the number of times a garment is used

  • Secondhand
  • Rental 
  • Lease 
  • Swap 
  • Borrow 
  • Donate
  • Share
  • Repair 
  • Subscription models
  • Virtual fashion
  • New business models 

LUXFORWARD: LET'S HELP THE LUXURY INDUSTRY IMPROVE THROUGH INNOVATION

WHO QUALIFIES?

We encourage applications from mature B2B and B2B2C start-ups / scale-ups that:

• Are in-revenue

• Have solid credentials and client portfolio

• Have a structured team

• Have a solution that falls into one of the two categories

Early-stage start-ups do not qualify.

The call excludes sustainable materials.

WHY APPLY?

We open doors for international start-ups / scale-ups to be part of the growing innovation landscape in Switzerland.
 Growth opportunities: next to the chance to pitch in front of the jury panel composed of individuals from the world’s leading luxury brands, the selected finalists and winners will have a chance to enter into direct contact with them and explore the possibility of a POC.
 Network: connect with the leading market players in the arena who are actively searching for partnerships with start-ups.
Visibility: the finalists get visibility on multiple social media channels of Loomish and Award partner; present your services to a jury with well-known senior executives with demonstrated experience in your field.

About LuxForward

LuxForward is a premium program, that takes the luxury industry pulse and aims at enabling innovation exchange. It is tailored to enable luxury brands discover key innovations that could support their business goals. In essence, it is a peer-group cross-industry initiative, driven by the active participation of a dozen luxury industry leaders.

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Any questions?

Please reach out to andrea.lentini@loomish.ch