The Global Change Award (GCA) 2023

An innovative challenge by H&M Foundation

The H&M Foundation is bringing back one of the biggest innovation challenges in the world for early-stage sustainable innovation: The Global Change Award (GCA) 2023.

Having launched back in 2015, the H&M Foundation is looking for ideas and innovators to make the fashion and textiles industry more sustainable. From design, production, supply chain and distribution, any sustainable ideas are welcome to apply as long as they are related to the industry. With a pool of 1M euros in grants, dedicated resources and support from H&M Foundation, ideas can be turned into reality.

This global challenge invites startups to showcase their innovations in the following three categories:

  • Regenerate – solutions towards positive effects on Earth’s shared resources
  • Repurpose – solutions towards a circular fashion and textile industry
  • Reimagine – solutions we have not even thought of yet


Five of the most promising innovations will receive the following opportunities:

  • Share a pool grant worth 1 million Euros to develop your idea
  • Exposure to the H&M’s foundation’s network and partners, including: Accenture, The Mills Fabrica and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm
  • Access to the one-year-long tailormade GCA Impact Accelerator, which includes innovation development, training, coaching, accelerator trips, networking, PR activities

The programme aims to help the winning ideas scale at speed through business, technology, investor and innovation readiness, and industry access. It also offers winners a mix of inspiring digital sessions and meet-ups at key locations.

Ready to make the fashion and textile industry more sustainable? Complete your application here before December 8, 2022.


December 8, 2022
Program dates Oct 20 - Dec 8, 2022
Organizer Agorize
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Africa, Americas, Antarctica Region, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Europe, Micronesia
Environmental services, Clean technology, Clothing and textiles production, Fashion, Waste management and recycling