LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 - Closing the Loop from LAUNCH Nordic on Vimeo.

The LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016 closed for submissions on September 1, 2016.

Each year, we are looking for innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations around the world to help us find answers to this year’s challenge: closed loop solutions for a future of sustainable materials and manufacturing. You can download the full challenge text or visit the challenge website for more information.

LAUNCH Nordic seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society through open innovation, industry collaboration, and global systems mobilization.

The core partners behind LAUNCH Nordic are IKEA Group, Novozymes, Kvadrat, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Danish Environmental Protection Agency and Region Skåne.

It was founded in 2014 in collaboration with LAUNCH, a strategic partnership between NIKE, NASA, The U.S. Department of State and The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with the goal of harnessing the strengths of the Nordic region to accelerate innovation in sustainable materials.

LAUNCH Nordic unites partners willing to move beyond competitive innovations, instead engaging in collaborative innovation and systems mobilization.

Each year, LAUNCH Nordic partners call on innovators from around the world to address a major global sustainability challenge. People from a diverse range of sectors are welcome to submit ideas: technical experts, government officials, academics, and industry players throughout the value chain.

Five to ten innovators or pilot projects are then invited to the LAUNCH acceleration program. They will present their innovations at the LAUNCH Nordic Forum to a council made up of leading industry and government representatives, materials experts, and investors.

Following the LAUNCH Nordic Forum, innovators will enter an accelerator program where they will have access to mentoring, networking opportunities, and key investors to enable them to bring their innovations to scale.

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