H & M Foundation Global Change Award for Fashion Innovators

H & M Foundation Global Change Award for Fashion Innovators

We are looking for bright minds that can transform fashion and change the way it is seen, worn, and made.

The aim of the Global Change Award is to find, support and scale disruptive ideas that can protect our planet and turn the fashion and textile industry into a planet positive one.

Regenerative fibres, resources looping in never-ending cycles and reimagined supply chain solutions.

The momentum to transform the industry has never been stronger.

Neither H&M Foundation nor H&M Group take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations as the aim is to benefit the entire industry.


For 2023, the GCA is turning it up a notch.

We are updating our scope to cover more ground, raise the bar on innovation and help shift the industry into a planet positive one.

The winning ideas should fall into one of three categories:

  • Regenerate – solutions towards planet positive effects

  • Repurpose – solutions towards circularity

  • Reimagine – solutions we have not even thought about yet

    Eligibility Requirements

    The challenge is open to;

  • Individuals or groups of 2 to 4 individuals from any country, eighteen years of age or older on the day of the submission of the entry and all institutions and organizations (excluding solely commercial entities like corporations) domiciled in any country , and legally recognized as such in that country, in which all owners and/or leading persons are eighteen years of age or older on the day of the submission of the Entry.

    The Foundation's evaluation of entries shall be based on the entry's:

  • The idea’s potential planet positive impact

  • The idea’s ability to scale

  • The team’s experience and capacity

  • The idea’s level of novelty


  • Five winning teams share a grant
    of 1 million euros and venture into the year-long GCA Impact Accelerator programme which includes invaluable coaching and support from the H&M Foundation and our partners Accenture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and The Mills Fabrica

    Accenture - Business & Technology Readiness

  • Accenture offers GCA winners support with business and technology readiness, while also providing access to a large network of experts.

    KTH - Innovation Readiness

    KTH Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, offers GCA winners science and technology legacy, a framework for innovation development and guidance in key commercialisation areas.

    The Mills Fabrica - Industry Access & Investor Readiness

    The Mills Fabrica bridges the gap between innovators and industry players through their incubator programme, impact fund and innovation spaces.

    They provide the winners with investment readiness and peer portfolio synergies as well as industry exposure, ecosystem network and collaboration opportunities.


    Application Period: We are open for applications between 20 October, 2022 - 8 December, 2022. Make sure to apply in time!

    Screening: The screening period stretches from January to March, 2023.

    The screening is done together with a broad network of industry experts and partners. The five winners will be notified in March.

    Announcement: The winners are announced publicly on 8 June, 2023 at an Award Ceremony in Stockholm.

    Innovation Accelerator: The year-long GCA Impact Accelerator programme commences in June, 2023.

    Grant: 1 million euro in total , each winner receives 200,000 euro

    Eligible Countries: All

    Application Deadline: 8th December 2022

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see: H & M Foundation Global Change Award for Fashion Innovators

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