LEFT TO RIGHT, TOP TO BOTTOM: MICHELLE ZHU – CEO & CO-FOUNDER, TINCTORIUM; EDWARD BRIAL – CEO, HYDROCOTTON; PHILIP PIENKOS – STRATEGIC PROJECT LEAD, NREL; BEN TOMKINS – SR. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ORTAIN; CASEY ZWEIG – DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS, FULL CYCLE BIOPLASTICS; JEFFERY HSU – CIMO, COOLTRANS; LUCIANO BUENO – CEO & CO-FOUNDER, GALY; ROSS POLK – DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, FULL CYCLE BIOPLASTICS; TAMMY HSU – CSO & CO-FOUNDER, TINCTORIUM; LEIGH TAYLOR – HEAD OF SALE, ECONIC; ANDREA VENIER – MANAGING DIRECTOR, RECYCROM; PATRIQUE VEILLE – COO, BEAR FIBERS; BENÔIT ILLY – CO-FOUNDER, FAIRBRICS; CAM CHIDIAC – CEO, DRYFIBER; PER STENFO – GLOBAL SALES AND MARKETING, IMOGO. IMAGE CREDIT: FASHION FOR GOOD.
Fashion for Good selects 13 new start-ups to join their Accelerator Programme’s seventh batch. Due to the current circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, Fashion for Good held their very first virtual Selection Day, hosting the international audience of corporate partners and innovators through an online webinar. 21 innovators from around the globe joined the online meeting to pitch their ideas to Fashion for Good corporate partners and wider ecosystem. 13 innovators were then selected from the group to begin the Accelerator Programme immediately.
“In this challenging time, our important work goes on. As with many organisations right now, we have had to find creative solutions to continue operations while ensuring the health and safety of our people. Despite the circumstances, we are happy to have been able to host our Selection Day virtually and welcome these new innovators into our Accelerator Programme. As testing as the coming months may be, we will face each challenge as they unfold to continue on mission.” Katrin Ley, Managing Director Fashion for Good.
From the 21 innovators pitching, 13 innovators were selected to join Fashion for Good’s Accelerator Programme. The seventh batch is the first to participate in Fashion for Good’s restructured Accelerator Programme which will run for nine months. As with previous Programmes, the seventh batch of innovators will receive tailormade mentoring, personal guidance on impact assessments, funding support and market validation from Programme partners, adidas, C&A, CHANEL, BESTSELLER, Galeries Lafayette Group, Kering, Otto Group, PVH Corp., Stella McCartney, Target and Zalando as well as affiliate partners Archroma, Arvind, Norrøna, Vivo Barefoot and Welspun, to catalyse the implementation of their innovations at scale.
Previous Selection Days have been hosted in the Fashion for Good headquarters in Amsterdam, where corporate partners, innovators and key industry players convened for an extensive day programme consisting of industry and pilot project focused workshops and panel discussions, keynote speakers, presentations and, of course, pitches from short listed innovators. In addition, the event provides an opportunity for guests to gather together with other professionals from across the industry, meet face-to-face and network during the lunch and post Selection Day drinks. The virtual Selection Day attempts to capture the same experience online, hosting multiple workshops and panel discussions and providing scheduled times for open discussion.
With more than two years experience in running Accelerator and Scaling Programmes, Fashion for Good has increased the duration of the Accelerator Programme to better cater to the needs of the selected innovators, allowing them the time and means to develop their innovations and businesses further. The extended Programme provides more opportunities with Programme mentors and bespoke coaching, better preparing them for growth and eventual wide scale implementation.
The selected innovators of the seventh batch are: Bear Fiber, Cooltrans Technology, Dryfiber, Econic, Fairbrics, Full Circle Bioplastics, Galy, HydroCotton, Imogo, Nrel, Ortain, Recycrom and Tinctorium.
BEAR FIBER – USA
Bear Fiber is developing a novel biotechnological cottonisation process and manufacturing platform for fibre production with hemp that uses less water and energy. The cotton-like hemp fibre and yarns can be easily spun with cotton to produce textiles and finished garments.
COOLTRANS TECHNOLOGY – TAIWAN
Cooltrans Technology employs low-carbon, environmentally friendly inkjet and gravure printing technology and eco-friendly dyes for textile printing, renders delicate and vivid prints to textile fabrics.
DRYFIBER – USA
Dryfiber provides a fluorine-free durable water and oil repellent textile finish which is completely water-bourne and can be applied through traditional finishing processes.
ECONIC – UK
Econic provides an innovative catalyst technology that facilitates incorporation of waste CO2 as a raw material into polyols, replacing up to 50% of traditional oil-based feedstocks. Waste CO2 is cheaper than oil-based raw materials, plus offers enhanced product performance and environmental benefits.
FAIRBRICS – FRANCE
Fairbrics provides a novel process to create ethylene glycol (a component of polyester) from waste CO2. The resultant chemical is identical both chemically and practically to petroleum-based ethylene glycol.
FULL CYCLE BIOPLASTICS – USA
Full Cycle’s patented technology converts waste streams such as inedible food waste, agricultural by-products and used paper/cardboard into Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) bioplastics that degrade in the soil and the ocean.
GALY – USA
GALY engineers cotton in labs through the multiplication of cells directly into the cotton fibre, removing steps of traditional cotton farming. As a result they can grow cotton without the use of pesticides or fertilisers, using considerably less water.
HYDROCOTTON – UK
HydroCotton grows sustainable cotton in a transparent way. HydroCotton is developing a technology for cotton agriculture that reduces water and fertiliser by 80%, while also being grown in an insecticide-free environment.
IMOGO – SWEDEN
Imogo focuses on sustainable production processes, primarily in the textile industry. Their innovative new processes for dyeing textile materials that can dramatically reduce the wasteful use of water, chemistry and energy in the textile dyeing process.
NREL – USA
NREL works on the development of a polyurethane for carbon capture, reuse and sequestration. They use microalgae as a feedstock to explore the production of various products for polyurethanes, polyurethanes, plastic composites to name a few.
ORITAIN – UK
Oritain provides a traceability innovation with science that originatesfrom the criminal forensic field, using selected stable isotopes to identify a product region. They provide a unique and fast process with highly reliable, accurate results.
RECYCROM – ITALY
Recycrom is a dyestuffs range made using recycled, used clothing, fibrous material and textiles scraps made from cellulosic fibres. The dyestuff can colour any cellulosic and natural fibre as well polyamide.
TINCTORIUM – USA
Tinctorium produce natural, pre-reduced Indigo dyes that are a drop-in replacement for synthetic Indigo, free of impurities with the same performance as synthetic Indigo.