Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have the potential to change the fashion industry for good and that have passed the proof-of-concept phase. We help companies to scale by offering bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. We support innovators over a period of up to 18 months based on clear, jointly defined milestones on the company’s roadmap to scale.
Innovators are invited to take part in the programme based on an in-depth technical and commercial assessment of the company and its innovation. Based on the assessment, we identify the main barriers to integrating the company’s innovation within the fashion value chain, which become the focal point of a jointly developed roadmap to scale.
No one player can change the industry on its own, so we collaborate with a wide network of subject matter experts and partner organisations to support the companies in our programme. As a result, innovators get the unique opportunity to connect to manufacturers, brands and investors capable of helping them fast-track the integration and implementation of their daring innovations.
The Scaling Programme is supported by an initial grant from the C&A Foundation and run in partnership with adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target and Zalando. Together, we are championing the relevant, replicable and scalable innovations that will accelerate the transition to a sustaining fashion industry.
The Scaling Programme focuses its support on the most impactful areas of the fashion value chain:
Additionally, we seek overarching innovations with the potential to impact multiple industry verticals, such as technologies that enable traceability, transparency and local on-demand manufacturing.
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ColorZenTM is a revolutionary technology that transforms the cotton dyeing process, making it dramatically more efficient and environmentally friendly. Cotton is the most popular fabric on the planet, and once treated by ColorZen, it can be dyed using far less water, energy, dye, salt and toxic chemicals. ColorZen’s scalable, innovative technology is revolutionising the global cotton dyeing industry.
The Infinited Fiber Company
The Infinited Fiber Company’s purpose is to be the driving force in revolutionising the fashion industry. It has developed a process technology that can turn cotton-rich textile waste, paper and cardboard waste into new, cotton-like fibres for the textile industry. And not just once, but infinitely. Infinited Fiber can be recycled again and again without decreasing the quality of the fibre. The Infinited Fiber Company is working with the world’s leading textile and hygienic product brands. With the opening of a pilot production plant in Espoo, Finland, it provides a solution for the global textile industry in its inevitable shift to sustainable and circular materials.
SoftWear Automation Inc
SoftWear Automation’s SewbotTM worklines combine patented computer vision with light weight robotics to move fabric to and through the needle more efficiently than a human operator. This industry-leading technology allows manufacturers to SEWLOCALTM, geographically shortening the distance between the manufacturer and consumer, while creating higher quality products.
Cosyflex®, Tamicare’s 3D printing technology, uses additive manufacturing techniques to apply layers of raw materials (e.g. cotton) and water based polymers to create finished textile products. This ground-breaking mass production technology allows manufacturers to eliminate the wasteful and chemically hazardous processes of dyeing and cut make & trim, shortening the supply chain with a sustainable and eco-friendly solution.
Worn Again has developed a chemical recycling technology that can separate and recapture polyester (PET) and cellulose from cotton from non-rewearable textiles to produce virgin equivalent, cost competitive polyester and cellulosic raw materials to be reintroduced into the supply chain as part of a continual process. Old clothes and textiles are collected, processed via Worn Again’s process and then made back into new yarn, textiles and clothes. The cycle can repeat again and again, eliminating the need to exploit virgin resources. Worn Again’s process is unique in that it can deal with both pure and blended textiles.