This week, Fashion for Good celebrates its first year by hosting Innovation Fest, at their hub in Amsterdam. Approximately 180 innovators, brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations and investors convened to discover breakthrough ideas and network with others united, in a shared ambition to make fashion a force for good.
The event showcased Fashion for Good’s progress so far. The international organisation – founded by C&A Foundation – now has 7 corporate partners, organised over 360 one-on-one introductory sessions between innovators and corporate brands, unlocked significant investments for start-ups, and has seen multiple production pilots come to life. The Fashion for Good programmes have supported more than 40 start-ups to date.
Innovation Fest featured Demo Day pitches by the third batch of start-ups from the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, celebrating their graduation from the 12-week programme. This batch – the biggest one so far – consists of 15 startups from all over the world, covering 4 continents and 10 nationalities. The start-ups followed a robust curriculum including mentorship and introductions to corporate partners: adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette, Kering, Target and Zalando. The next batch of start-ups for the accelerator programme will be selected in July.
The afternoon also featured presentations from the three new innovators that have recently joined the Scaling Programme: moral fiber – formerly known as Ambercycle, Tyton Biosciences and Bext360. These companies were hand-selected from an extensive list of innovators, with new technologies enabling a more sustainable and circular textiles sector. For the next 18 months, they will receive bespoke support and access to expertise, potential customers and investors with the help of a dedicated team.
Innovation Fest ended with an outlook on the future of Fashion for Good. Katrin Ley, Managing Director of Fashion for Good, provided a sneak peek into the new visitor-facing Experience. The current exhibition has attracted over 15.000 visitors from 30 different countries, aiming to inspire them to become conscious consumers and join the movement to make fashion a force for good. The next phase for this Experience is a full redesign, turning it into the world’s first technology-forward museum for sustainable fashion innovation. The Experience will be unveiled in the first week of October.
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About Fashion for Good
Fashion for Good is the global initiative that is here to make all fashion good. We are a global platform for innovation, made possible through collaboration and community. With an open invitation to the entire apparel industry, Fashion for Good convenes brands, producers, retailers, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders united in their shared ambition.
At the core of Fashion for Good is our innovation platform. Through our Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, we give promising start-up innovators the expertise and access to funding they need in order to grow. Our Scaling Programme supports innovations that have passed the proof-of-concept phase, with a dedicated team that offers bespoke support and access to expertise, customers and capital. Finally, our Good Fashion Fund (in development) will catalyse access to finance where this is required to shift at scale to more sustainable production methods.
Additionally, Fashion for Good acts as a convener for change. From its first hub in Amsterdam, it houses a Circular Apparel Community co-working space, creates open-source resources like its Good Fashion Guide and welcomes visitors to join a collective movement to make fashion a force for good.
Fashion for Good was launched in 2017 with C&A Foundation as a founding partner. Its programmes are supported by corporate partners adidas, C&A, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Target, Zalando, as well as organisations including the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative, Impact Hub Amsterdam, McDonough Innovation, Plug and Play and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
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