The South Asia Innovation Programme brings together global and local apparel brands, manufacturers, investors and innovators, with the aim to accelerate the transition towards a circular economy and to scale the much-needed innovative solutions. Through the South Asia Innovation Programme, Fashion for Good focuses on innovations that need market validation as well as those looking to drive growth and adoption rates. We provide a mix of programming with close mentoring from industry experts and partners with the goal to generate pilots and investment opportunities.
To participate in the South Asia Innovation Platform, Fashion for Good is seeking innovators focusing in key areas including raw materials, dyeing and finishing, manufacturing, retail, end-of-use and transparency and traceability.
Fashion for Good makes an industry-wide call for collaboration to pioneering local manufacturers and retailers to transform the apparel industry.
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The innovation programme aims to accelerate and scale startups driving innovation in sustainability, circularity and transparency to make all fashion good. We work closely with our corporate partners to identify 10-12 most promising startups for the region in our intensive programme. The programme is structured around 3-5 focus weeks, with bespoke support to the startups including one on one sessions with the corporate partners and manufacturers, pilot drives, investor pitches and business support sessions.
Aquaporin is a cleantech company dedicated to solving global challenges of water pollution and scarcity. Their solution is an energy-efficient industrial water filtration technology mimicking biological membranes, capable of recovering up to 95% of clean water for reuse.
Chlorohemp Agrotech is working towards commercialising the hemp value chain in India by developing large scale fully integrated hemp processing units and applying cutting edge biosciences to develop an effective research database on Indian Hemp varieties. Hemp requires far less input than cotton, grows like a weed, and the fabrics are antibacterial, strong and breathable making them desirable for both summer and winter.
Demeta is a Green Chemistry company specialising in the development of new high-performance materials and chemicals. DEMETA is currently developing bio-based pigments and dyes not only as viable alternatives to current petro-based material, but also more performant in terms of properties and safer in terms of toxicity.
Deven Supercriticals is an innovation driven company dedicated to supercritical CO2 based processing, offering an efficient single step dyeing as well as finishing technology for man-made, natural and blended textiles. Their innovative supercritical CO2 based dyeing allows the use of traditional dyes, improved dye utilisation, easy scale-up and less than half the batch time needed in current supercritical CO2 dyeing processes.
Graviky is a material innovation startup that turns end-of-life carbon emissions into industrial grade materials, helping manufacturers produce more sustainably and creating a more positive impact on climate. Emissions are recycled into products such as screen-print and inkjet inks, dye stuff and transfer inks that could be used in apparel and packaging applications.
Greenhope is a social technology enterprise manufacturing biodegradable technologies to address hard-to-recycle items that are too small, contaminated, not economically viable, or destined for landfills. Their Ecoplas bioplastic sources starch from local farmers and turn it into sustainable packaging for apparel, food, and non-food applications.
MYCL is a biotech startup collaborating with global fashion brands to replace animal leather with low-impact leather from mycelium. MYCL is also empowering local communities by promoting gender equality with the 200 farmers in their value chain, 50% of whom are female.
t-hues began with a collaboration between Dynawash (an industrial apparel dyer) and SLINTEC (a nanotechnology research institute) that saw the creation of a natural dye produced from tea waste from Unilever. t-hues can offer a sustainable dye with a wide range of colours and a reduction in the carbon footprint.
WiseEye provides intelligent solutions for automating the inspection processes along the fashion and textile supply chain. They specialise in computer vision, image feature extraction, pattern recognition and deep learning technologies to automatically and instantly detect and grade the defects on woven and knitted textile materials reducing loss and wastage due to faulty textiles by 90%.
Quantum Polychemics leverages jute (a bast fibre) bio-polymers with tunable properties and practical applications to meet the growing demand for plastic-alternatives in textiles and packaging. Their current application has been used to make multiple products like their Sonali bio-bag, surgical aprons and personal protective equipment.
Phabio offers bioplastic solutions made from bio-degradable polymers made from renewable biomass obtained from waste in the beer, dairy and sugar industries, as well as food waste and sea weeds. These bioplastics can also be made from agricultural waste, used plastic bottles and other containers using microorganisms.
Phool upcycles floral waste from temples and mosques in India with their ‘flowercycling’ technology to make a florafoam that is a 100% biodegradable, compostable, high-performing and inflammable alternative to Styrofoam as well as a bio-leather called Fleather also made from the flower waste.
PoshaQ is a computer vision AI startup focused on product discovery and sales conversion within the fashion and retail sector. They provide retail and warehouse automation, data intelligence and cataloging, and quality control with image processing.
Swatchbook is a cloud platform revolutionising the exploration, visualisation and sharing of materials. The platform enables suppliers to upload their materials along with other metadata and pricing details for brands to further explore, discover and visualise materials, sharing them with other stakeholders for further use.
Bagrotec initiates and executes various sustainable bamboo processing projects for textile fibre production. Using a proprietary process, bamboo is mechanically processed before enzymes are applied to naturally produce organic bamboo fibre.
Bio Craft Innovation technology makes bamboo and agri-waste based granules that are alternatives to plastic, are certified home compostable, and can be drawn into textile fibres and fabrics that have fashion, medical and industrial applications.
KB Cols wants to change the landscape of dyeing in the fashion industry by focusing on harnessing the true potential of Biotechnology. Through the exploration of various renewable resources, KB Cols extract natural colours that can be applied in textiles and other applications.
As a homegrown leader in Indian recycled plastic products, Lucro produces high quality, innovative and recycled plastic waste to remake products, ultimately seeking to close the loop and make plastic sustainable. Lucro caters to big industries including retail, FMCG and automotive, exporting their products to the US and Europe.
Nordshield provides anti-mould, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and insect repellency finishes based on natural resources (waste from the forestry industry), which are free from heavy metals. Easy to apply both during production and as a post-treatment, products retain the anti-microbial effect even at extremely high temperatures and after more than 60 washes.
AltMat (previously Canva Fibre Labs) uses a mixture of mechanical, chemical and enzymatic process to produce industrial fit fibre and yarn made of agri-waste such as hemp and banana waste sourced directly from farmers and hemp producers.
BlockTexx turns textile waste into a resource, stimulates the production of new products and meets consumers demands to reduce the environmental impact of our everyday clothing.
Descatuk has developed a process of fibre extraction and yarn creation from grass to produce a fabric that has a similar look to linen but a lighter touch. Grown in the highlands of India, the wild grass needs neither water nor pesticides. Descatuk also has a positive impact on livelihoods by providing fair job opportunities for locals.
Indra Water has developed affordable, fully automated wastewater management treatment and packaged re-cycling solutions. The process is capable of a variety of water treatment through novel innovations in electro-coagulation, electro-chemical oxidation, two-phase solids separation, disinfection, distillation and pollutant monitoring hardware.
InfiniChains is a leading end-to-end track and trace solution using blockchain, AI and Cloud Computing to help brands and manufacturers to digitise sustainability practices. Through real-time data, efficiency and storytelling, they bridge the fragmented gaps between the different sustainability systems of farmers, manufacturers and brands.
JSP Enviro treats common effluents with Microbial fuel cells technology. The technology treats effluent water that can be reused, simultaneously producing energy thereby reducing the need for external energy, making it a self-sustainable waste-water treatment.
PurFi rejuvenates pre-consumer textile waste back to virgin quality fibres virgin quality products from corporate waste streams to create a closed loop solution. The technology can process cotton, PET, cotton/poly blends as well as separate out elastane.
Sasmira has a wide range of innovations and one of them is a supercritical CO2 dyeing technology. This cost-effective technique is waterless and does not use any chemicals. The remains of the dye is collected for reuse and carbon dioxide used in the process is recirculated back into the system.
TextileGenesis is a blockchain traceability system specifically created for the apparel sector that focuses on sustainable fibres such as wood-based fibres, organic cotton and organic wool. Consumers can scan the barcode with their mobile device to see the various steps that were taken to create the product.
We look specifically for innovations that fall under one or multiple of the following focus areas:
Raw Materials: Replacing conventional petroleum based materials with recyclable alternatives and supporting more resource efficient natural materials.
Processing: New methods, technologies and chemicals for the more sustainable treatment of textiles, towards low water use and zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.
Manufacturing: Cutting edge garment manufacturing technologies & supply chain processes (e.g. 3D printing).
Retail: Circular business models, the sharing economy, platforms, transportation, packaging and retail based solutions.
End-of-Use: Techniques including chemical and mechanical methods for circular recycling of finished post-consumer goods.
Transparency & Traceability: Product marking, identification & tracing technologies and platforms that publicly disseminate information to increase supply chain accountability.
To see examples of our start-up alumni, check out our global accelerator programme page.