LAUNCH is an open innovation platform that was founded by NASA, NIKE, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The U.S. Department of State to identify and foster breakthrough ideas for a more sustainable world. LAUNCH aims to move beyond incremental change and make an impact at a system-wide level.

LAUNCH is currently focused on positively transforming the system of materials and manufacturing, which can have dramatic social, environmental and economic impacts on the world. In order to harness the innovation needed to advance this system, LAUNCH has issued a series of global challenges to address key barriers. Our current challenge focuses on green chemistry, a crucial component in a sustainable materials and manufacturing system. A portfolio of approximately 10 innovators will be selected for support, networking, and mentoring from influential business and government leaders.

Founding Partners 

NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to form LAUNCH in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges.
Through LAUNCH, NASA is poised to host a conversation with experts about potential solutions to the world’s most perplexing sustainability problems. NASA brings to the table a problem-solving culture, deep technical expertise on sustainable systems such as the International Space Station, and a unique capacity to capture and analyze data about our home planet.
LAUNCH provides the Department of State with an opportunity to support our nation’s most important diplomatic and development objectives. The Department of State will facilitate international expertise and understanding on the different topics, highlighting the U.S. Government’s commitment to a better world. The Department of State will provide technical and thought leadership, fostering collaborative dialogue, and catalyzing the most innovative solutions. The Department of State’s approach to world issues and the Secretary’s focus on partnerships will facilitate better engagement with communities and people around this planet.
USAID sees LAUNCH as an opportunity to support innovators and entrepreneurs in the fields most critical to sustainable international development. USAID brings technical expertise and access to networks of technical experts and development professionals. LAUNCH is breaking new ground in how best to support both entrepreneurs and the technical solutions they bring to international development problems. USAID seeks to move ideas to first implementation and impact at scale as quickly as possible.
NIKE is committed to driving new sustainable technologies, programs, and business models through open innovation and global collaboration. Harnessing its core competencies of design and innovation, NIKE’s partners with leading entrepreneurs and thinkers to work towards a new sustainable economy. NIKE’s passion for innovation and driving positive global change is complimented and activated through the Company’s proven ability to rapidly commercialize technologies and business models across a global value chain.