For students researching plastic waste or clean water
For the third edition of the Changemaker Challenge, Dopper is looking for innovative student ideas for a plastic-free future with crystal-clear waters. Final-year students based in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Nepal can submit the topic of their graduation project or thesis for a chance to win research grants worth up to €5,000, access to a valuable network, business model training and promotional support.
Whether you are working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, ranging from Product Design to Biology, from Marketing to Economics - students from all disciplines are welcome to submit their graduation topic! You could follow in the footsteps of changemakers like Jonathan Morrison of Wasteboards (pictured), whose skateboards are made from bottle caps fished from Amsterdam’s canals by Plastic Whale.
For startups and scaleups with inclusive fashion solutions
Tommy Hilfiger is accepting project proposals for the second edition of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge. The global program aims to support entrepreneurs with solutions that create inclusive and positive change in fashion. Six finalists will have the chance to pitch at the global Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge final event in early 2020, where a prestigious jury panel will award €150,000 among two winners to support their ventures. The winners will also receive a year-long mentorship with Tommy Hilfiger and INSEAD experts and a place on the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme.
For inspiration, check out previous winners such as Auf Augenhoehe, a fashion label that designs and develops styles for people affected by dwarfism, and Docthers, a digital health platform that matches the underutilised capacity of female doctors to the unmet needs of factory workers.
For business plans to combat climate change
With a combined total of €1,000,000 in prize money, the Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge 2019 is one of the world’s largest competitions for sustainability entrepreneurship. The winner receives €500,000 to bring their product or service to market within the next two years. The runner-up gets €200,000 and the three other finalists each secure €100,000. From tackling plastic pollution to reducing food waste - as long as your startup reduces greenhouse gas emissions, you can submit your business plan!
Last year’s grand prize winner, The Great Bubble Barrier, developed just that: an air bubble ‘curtain’ that traps plastic waste floating in waterways and prevents it from polluting the ocean.
For startups focusing on a circular textile industry
The Fashion for Good - Plug and Play Accelerator is a 12-week programme for startups with solutions to make the textile industry more sustainable, circular and transparent. Together with global tech accelerator Plug and Play, the world’s most active early-stage investor, Fashion for Good identifies the most promising startups globally. Each year, two batches of 10-15 startups join its intensive three-month programme in Amsterdam, where they get introductions to industry leaders, brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as connections to Fashion for Good’s network of investors.
Throw your hat in the ring if you have developed an innovative solution in one or more of the following areas: materials, dyeing and finishing, manufacturing, retail, end-of-use, and transparency and traceability!
Apply for the Fashion for Good - Plug and Play Accelerator by 15 May
For innovators working on sustainable communities worldwide
The Cemex-Tec centre in Monterrey, Mexico promotes sustainable communities through applied research, innovation and entrepreneurship programmes. By creating opportunities for collaboration with academia, civil society and the public and private sectors, it helps to improve the quality of life in rural and urban environments. And through its global Cemex-Tec Award 2018, the centre will award a total of over $100,000 of seed funding and an all-expenses-paid boot camp in Mexico to 29 winning projects.
There are four global categories in which you can enter your project: Social Entrepreneurs, Transforming Communities, Community Entrepreneurship, and Collaborative Action!
Apply for the Cemex-Tec Award 2019 by 31 May