About the Award
The Global Change Award is one of the world’s leading challenges for early stage innovation, and the largest initiative of its kind in the fashion industry. It was initiated to accelerate the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry, to protect the planet and our living conditions.
The non-profit H&M Foundation initiated the Global Change Award in 2015, as part of the Foundation’s focus area Planet. The aim is to speed up the process of finding, supporting and scaling up disruptive innovations that can make the entire fashion industry circular.
In a nutshell, the awards aims to look for tomorrow’s game-changers – may it be innovations on digital technologies, how to recover and reuse waste, or ideas supporting a climate positive fashion industry.
If the innovation has the potential to make real impact on a large scale, is economically sustainable and if the team behind the innovation is ready to make it happen – it can be a potential winner. And, if the innovation involves an extra layer of social value, we like it even more.
With more than 8,000 applications from 151 countries received since its launch, it has become the go-to challenge for circular innovation, and has been called the Nobel Prize of fashion.
Individuals or groups of two to four persons from any country who are above 18 years of age can participate in the competition.
To take part in the Competition, Participant shall complete and submit an Entry. The
Entry shall describe an idea and include a plan to develop that idea into an innovation,
a budget etc as set out in the application form.
There is no registration fee to the competition.
The applicants are required to fill the application form given here.
Selection Criteria and Result Announcement
From the eligible Entries, the Foundation will select fifteen (15) Finalists.
The Winners shall be notified by telephone of the results of the Competition. The
results shall be announced publicly on the Website after the Winners have been
The Winners will be celebrated in Stockholm in April 2019. Winners will be required to
travel to Stockholm during this time to partake in a ceremony as decided by the
The five winners share a 1 million euro grant, and –perhaps more important than the financial contribution, get access to a one-year long Innovation Accelerator Program. The Winners will be provided Grant based on the final score set by the expert advisory
board and approve.
October 17, 2018
Address: H&M Foundation,
Mäster Samuelsgatan, 46A,
106 38 Stockholm, Sweden