News

This page includes a collection of press releases and news articles about LAUNCH. 

Cross Sector Collaboration Aims to Revolutionize Sustainable Materials

NASA, IKEA Group, Novozymes, Nike Inc., Kvadrat, Nordic Government Institutions, leading scientists, designers and materials innovators join the LAUNCH Nordic Summit April 28 in Copenhagen, to shape a better world of materials.
April 23, 2015

LAUNCH Initiative Supports Breakthrough Innovations to Advance Green Chemistry

LAUNCH founders NASA, NIKE, Inc., the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will host the LAUNCH Green Chemistry Forum at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on January 23 and 24, 2015.  LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded in 2010 to identify and foster breakthrough solutions to create a more sustainable world.  LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level. 
January 22, 2015

Forbes 30 Under 30 List Recognizes LAUNCH Alumni

Forbes has announced their 30 Under 30 list which features a pair of LAUNCH innovators from past challenges. Eben Bayer, 29 and Gavin McIntyre, 29 are recognized on the Forbes list for their work using mycelium to create mushroom-materials through their firm Ecovative. Ecovative’s technology resolves critical concerns for waste, energy, and consumer health. The products are a completely biodegradable replacement for polystyrene, packing material or insulation.
January 09, 2015

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems
September 17, 2014

LAUNCH NORDIC SELECTS INNOVATORS TO HELP REVOLUTIONIZE MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING

IKEA Group, NOVOZYMES, KVADRAT, LEADING SCIENTISTS, INVESTORS AND NORDIC GOV. REPRESENTATIVES WILL TEAM UP IN MALMØ TO SUPPORT NINE LAUNCH NORDIC INNOVATORS. As part of LAUNCH Nordic, a newly established US-Nordic collaboration, 30 industry executives, materials experts, government officials and investors will gather September 10-11, 2014, for the LAUNCH Nordic Forum to offer insight and guidance to help scale nine innovations in sustainable materials and manufacturing.
September 08, 2014

The U.S. Department of State Releases Their "State of Global Partnerships Report" LAUNCH is Featured on Pages 22-23

The U.S. Department of State has released their "State of Global Partnerships Report". LAUNCH is featured on Pages 22-23. Check it out! (36.8mb PDF)
March 28, 2014

LAUNCH Systems Alumni Ecovative Works With Danielle Trofe Design to Create Mushroom Table Lamp

Wired.com features LAUNCH Alumni Ecovative in this article titled "This Lamp Is Grown From Mushrooms". Ecovative worked with Brooklyn-based studio Danielle Trofe Design to create the Mush Lume lamp.
March 19, 2014

Nike named as one of the world's most innovative companies, for setting a sustainability example.

Nike was named by Fast Company as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies. 
February 14, 2014

10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

Andrew Winston at the Harvard Business Review has written a great top ten list meant "...to summarize some of the latest stories about the big environmental and social pressures on business, and how some innovative companies are dealing with them." Through the diverse efforts of our partnership we've managed to make the #9 spot on Andrew's list. Check out the article to read "what a weird, wonderful mix of business, government, and scientific organizations" is accomplishing.
December 18, 2013

LAUNCH surfaces 10 innovations that could change the world

  The Guardian describes why "wasted milk may one day be converted to a silk-like fiber replacement for cotton, thanks to an innovative technology called Qmilk."
November 27, 2013