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Innovation Challenges for the Circular Economy


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Partnerships, collaboration and innovation challenges can be an effective cocktail to drive circular innovation and systems transformation.

The idea behind innovation challenges is simple: identify a problem, design and publicize a challenge, mobilize innovator communities, select best solutions and help them mature, implement and scale. Incentives for solvers behind innovation challenges vary from non-financial ones, such as visibility and capacity building, to mobilizing capital through prize money.

In this session, you will meet some of the world’s leading companies, partnerships and experts sharing insight on how innovation challenges can drive circular innovation.

The session culminates with the announcement of the LAUNCH Innovation Challenge 2017 which seeks circular economy innovations and solutions for design and manufacturing from around the world.

Monday 5 June

14.15 Session opens
Panel discussion: How can innovation challenges and collaboration drive circular economy?
Project Manager Erik Bang, H&M Foundation See presentation
Head of Sustainability Innovation Håkan Nordkvist, IKEA Group See presentation
Head of European Development Marco Zappalorto, NESTA See presentation
Design & Manufacturing for a Circular Economy – announcing the LAUNCH Innovation Challenge 2017 See presentation
Head of Sustainability Innovation Håkan Nordkvist, IKEA Group
Head of Corporate Sustainability Claus Stig Pedersen, Novozymes
Co-founder & CEO Vigga Svensson,
Interactive session: participants help identify best circular innovators and communities
15.45 Session closes
Moderated by Partnership Lead Sofus Midtgaard & Innovation Lead Toke Sabroe, LAUNCH Nordic


This session is related to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

In cooperation with LAUNCH Nordic.

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