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 CLOSED.

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

19 October

INNOVATION MEETS FASHION CONFERENCE Lugano, CH

20 October

FASHION INNOVATION AWARD PITCH
Lugano, CH

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20 October

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.

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THE CATEGORIES

Fashion Innovation Award 2020 encourages start-up applications in 4 categories: 

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

​Alternative materials and textile innovation:

    • Alternative materials 
    • Fabric recycling
    • Fibre and textile innovation

SUSTAINABLE
PRODUCTION 

solutions that enable the creation of more sustainable fashion garments: 

  • Sustainable design
  • 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

FASHION INNOVATION AWARD 2020
JURORS

This is why start-ups come to the Fashion Innovation Award to do business.

The Award finalists have a direct access to an unprecedented network of
high-level brand executives, investors and industry opinion leaders, willing to help you grow. 

Nicholas Girotto
CEO
Bally

Marianne Janik
CEO
Microsoft Switzerland

Francesco Cicognani
Apparel Products Director
Hugo Boss

Marta Lualdi
Sustainability & Product Compliance
Gianni Versace

Tonny Tonnaer
Founder
Kings of Indigo
Amsterdam

Sabrina Vilhena
Advisor to the Funds
Social Starts
Joyance Partnerss

Paula Pinto Comer
Director Planning & Sales Analysis
Ralph Lauren
Geneva

Laurent Garet
CEO
La Redoute Switzerland

Giorgia Roversi Sustainability and Inclusion Director
Yoox Net-a-Porter

Marc Huber
Head of CX and e-Commerce
Jemoli
Zurich

Johanna Fassl
Professor, Sustainable Initiatives Center co-Director 
Franklin University of Switzerland

Fabrizio Rinaldi
Digital Innovation & Growth Hacking
Gianni Versace

Maria Aguado Cabrera
Head of Innovation & Heritage
Bally

Carina Hopper
Lecturer, Sustainable Luxury & Innovation 
ESSEC Business School Paris

Fabio Nalucci
CEO & Founder
Gellify

Juliane Kahl
Founder & Director
Responsive Fashion Insitute
Berlin

Andreas Frei
Managing Director
Zimmerli
Zurich

Natasha Frank
Founder
Eon
New York

Satomi Sugiyama Professor, Comms & Media Studies
Franklin University of Switzerland

Francesco Inguscio
CEO
Nuvolab
Milan

Giusy Cannone
CEO
Fashion Technology Accelerator
Milan

Muchaneta Kapfunde
Founder, Editor-in-chief
FashNerd
London

Marta Waydel
Founder
iKLEID
London

Natasha Binar
Journalist & circular fashion researcher
AMD – Akademie Mode & Design 
Munich

Lucia Chierchia Managing Partner
Gellify
Milan

Vanina Farber
elea Professor, Social Innovation
IMD Business School
Lausanne

Leonardo Raineri Innovation Manager
Miroglio
Irene-Marie Seelig
Co-Founder & CEO Stealth Startup
California
Lodovico Brioschi
COO, CFO & Co-Founder
AMARO
Luca Nonella
Economic Consultant
Economic Promotion Canton Ticino
Carlo Torrani
CDO
Missoni
Lausanne
Fulvio Benetti
Head of Business Development Ermenegildo Zegna
Anna Maria Rugarli
Sustainability & Responsability Senior Director EMEA
VF
Dino Ciampi Managing Consultant
Crif
Zurich

Francesca Milani
Head of merchandising
Puma

Gabriella Modiano
Managing Partner
Modiano & Partners
Simone Pedrazzini Director
Quantis
Lena Meret Stüdeli Managing Director GreenBuzz
Zurich
Natale Consonni
Owner and Principal Venture and Creation

PAST WINNERS

Canada / Italy

Through the application of nanotechnology, Arylla creates powerful solutions for brand protection and anti-counterfeiting. Their smartphone-readable technology is invisible, robust, and remarkably versatile. Arylla went through a Y-Combinator programme in Canada.

Italy / UK

Nextatlas is a sophisticated AI-powered predictive analytics tool for brands: it detect new trends likely to become mainstream. It provides timely and objective information about the drivers of change in consumer lifestyles and behavior by analyzing the data of industry-specific innovators and early adopters across multiple social-web sources.

Poland

Yosh.ai is an AI virtual shopping advisor designed specifically to fit the needs of fashion retailers. It drives user engagement to increase sales and optimise costs through automation. The solution includes: voice and text assistants, visual search engine, automated tagging. Yosh.ai is hosted on a Google campus.

Belgium

SPOTT.ai is a successful MarTech company transforming any visual content into an interactive, inspirational and shoppable experience no matter the screen & platform. They use AI and machine learning tools to do the latter in a scalable manner and impact ROI (product placement deals 2.0, new revenues from affiliates & rich data).