LAUNCH Nordic seeks to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society through open innovation, industry collaboration, and global systems mobilization. To meet this goal, we seek innovations from around the globe with the potential to create the shift towards a circular economy.


For this year’s Innovation Challenge, we are looking for innovators, entrepreneurs, companies, and organizations around the world to help us find answers to:


Deadline for submitting is September 1st, 2017. Submit and read more about the Innovation Challenge here.

Check out evaluation criteria and more in our FAQ or contact us at


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

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.

Up to 10 innovators 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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