Nordic: Materials

INNOVATION CHALLENGE

LAUNCH Nordic is a partnership between pioneering Nordic companies and organizations in collaboration with LAUNCH Global partners we drive system innovation and help scale sustainable innovations in materials.

LAUNCH Nordic is working to create a better world of materials. To meet this goal we seek innovations with the potential to shape a more sustainable future of materials and manufacturing. In 2015, LAUNCH Nordic will select 10 innovative solutions and help the innovators mature their businesses. The goal is to support the innovations in scaling globally through our international partners, network and accelerator program.

LAUNCH Nordic is a private-public partnership by IKEA, Novozymes and Kvadrat, as well as the Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), The Danish EPA, Region Skåne, Malmö Stad, VINNOVA and Capital Region of Denmark.

Challenge Statement:

How can we - through new types of materials, or alternative ways of using known materials - significantly increase sustainability in production, manufacturing, and recycling?

Specifically, LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2015 is focusing on innovations within the areas of:

  1. Alternative raw-materials & cultivation
  2. Sustainable design and manufacturing
  3. Better design tools for a circular economy

We are interested in innovations with the potential to scale in two years, as well as game-changing early stage technologies and prototypes. Innovations can be business models, financial instruments, technologies and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.

Submissions for this challenge closed on 12 August 2015.

Innovations could be, but are not limited to, solutions or services for:

Alternative raw materials & cultivation

  • New types of renewable raw materials or significantly improved sustainability in existing raw materials. This could be around wood and grass types, algae and halophytes, agriculture leftovers (e.g. crop and straw residues) or food production waste (e.g. fruit or vegetable waste, shellfish residues).
  • New approaches to cultivation or farming of raw materials that remove the need for chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides
  • Novel places to grow and produce biomass. This could be different kinds of marine eco systems. It could be confined spaces, densely populated areas or other areas with limited or no natural sunlight, such as containers, warehouses, cities, etc. Solutions should take into account resource and energy usage and scaling issues.

Sustainable design and manufacturing

  • Creation of new types of advanced materials from new or existing types of renewable raw materials.
  • Material manufacturing processes that utilize green chemistry to reduce the toxic footprint or allow reuse of materials.
  • New types of composite materials that use no toxic glues or chemicals, and are easy to separate and recycle.
  • Sustainable materials with improved performance that gives designers the possibility to create breakthrough sustainable products.
  • New circular business models that keep materials in the loop.

Better design tools for a circular economy

  • Ensuring sustainable material choices within the reality of tight design and production timelines.
  • Facilitating substitution of existing materials with more sustainable counterparts.
  • Giving access to data about properties and performance of new sustainable materials, facilitating new product development.
  • Designing from a cascading material approach, to ensure best use of a material according to its lifecycle phase. Thereby keeping materials in circulation for longer.

For more information on this challenge, download the full LAUNCH Nordic Challenge Statement 2015 or go to the FAQ.

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