H&M Global Change Award 2022

Deadline: October 12, 2022


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The Global Change Award is looking for early stage innovations that can help create a future for sustainable style and restored earth systems. Ideas that can change the way fashion is seen, worn, and made.


The non-profit H&M Foundation launched the Global Change Award back in 2015 with a vision to accelerate the process of creating a sustainable future for fashion and thereby protect our planet.

It has been called the Nobel Prize of fashion is one of the biggest innovations challenges in the world for early stage innovation. The Global Change Award is a part of transforming fashion and turning the entire industry planet positive.

Every year we invite innovators and entrepreneurs from all over the world to submit their early stage ideas on how to improve the sustainable footprint of the fashion industry. The five most promising innovations share a grant of 1 million euros and participate in a one-year tailor-made Innovation Accelerator Program, provided by the H&M Foundation in partnership with Accenture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Mills Fabrica.

Neither H&M Foundation or H&M Group will take any shareholder equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations. The winners can collaborate with whomever they want, the aim is to find innovations that allow major change for the entire industry.  


We are looking for bright minds that can reinvent fashion and change the way it is seen, worn, and made.

The aim is to find, support and scale disruptive ideas that can protect our planet and transform the fashion industry into a planet positive one.

In August we open a new round and call for disruptive early stage ideas from across the world. The application period is open for about two months, and the winners are announced in April the following year.


  • Application: Aug 24, 2022 — Oct 12, 2022
  • Screening: Oct 2022 — Jan 2023
  • Announcement: April 2023
  • Innovation Accelerator: April 2023 — April 2024

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Description of Ideal Candidate

Who can apply?

Innovation knows no national borders and we believe these early stage ideas can come from anyone, anywhere. Therefore, to reach as many great minds as possible the challenge is open to any individual and groups of up to four people over 18 years of age anywhere in the world. It is also open for institutions, organisations and social businesses, as well as for joint ventures, consortiums and other types of partnerships.

Please note that your entry must be in English and that all communication including the GCA Impact Accelerator will be in English.

Who can not apply?

The Global Change Award is not open for solely commercial entities.

To keep the integrity of the competition, employees of H&M Group or any entities owned in full or in part by H&M Group, H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Innovation including hired consultants cannot apply.

We are looking for new and early stage ideas so you can not apply with an already proven and existing innovation. You must also be over 18 years old to apply.

What kind of ideas are you looking for?

We want to find tomorrow’s game-changers – early stage innovations that can accelerate the shift from a linear to a planet positive fashion industry. This means changing how raw material is produced, how energy is used, and the way garments are currently designed, produced, shipped, bought, used and recycled by adding disruptive technology, processes, or new business models.


Deadline: October 12, 2022

Cost/funding for participants

Participating is free of charge.

What do I win?

  • Share a grant of 1 million euros to develop your innovation.
  • Access to the one-year-long tailormade GCA Impact Accelerator, provided by the H&M Foundation, Accenture and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. This includes support enabling the winners to accelerate towards scale and impact.
  • Global visibility, recognition and validation.
  • Once the Accelerator programme is up, all winners are invited to join the Alumni community with past GCA winners, who share tips, support and network with each other.
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