Katerva: The Launch 2013 Challenge

At Katerva we believe there is a groundswell of civil society and corporate commitment flowing into new ideas, models, and technologies with proven successes in every region of the world.

But the world cannot wait for solutions to emerge piecemeal over time. Time is of the essence. That is why Katerva was created.  Our mission is to surface, celebrate, and accelerate the world’s most impactful sustainability innovations.

To accomplish our mission we

  • Identify and evaluate breakthrough sustainability innovations;
  • Build awareness and interest in these highly vetted innovations;
  • And we build collaboration to see these innovations scale.
One of the key ways we accomplish our mission is by partnering and collaborating with other organizations whose missions and focus on innovation for a thriving future align with ours.  One such organization is Launch.  Launch focuses their challenges annually on one specific area. This year the focus is materials and material manufacturing—the deadline for initial application is fast approaching July 15, 2013—so if you know of a great innovation or innovating team in this area, please let them know of the challenge.

The Launch 2013 Challenge is seeking groundbreaking ideas in two distinct areas: the materials from which fabrics are made, and the manufacturing of fabrics. Strong candidates will demonstrate a focus on positive social and environmental impact with a bias toward inclusive business models that develop human capital.

Founded in 2010 as a strategic partnership between NASA, NIKE, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Launch aims to identify and support innovators whose ideas, technologies or programs have the potential to create a better world.  

Revolutionizing the treatment and production of fabrics and textiles on a large scale has the potential to significantly reduce harmful environmental impacts. For this reason, Launch has decided to focus on a long-term vision of supporting innovations that can positively influence the materials and manufacturing system. We call this Launch 2020, and this year’s challenge is the first step in transforming this system.

The Launch Challenge is open to individuals and teams. In August, the most promising innovations will be selected and participants will take part in an immersive program aimed at delivering the resources and support needed to bring their innovation to scale.

Innovations can take the form of early-stage technologies and prototypes; business models; financial tools; and programs that accelerate research, education and capacity building.  Visit the Launch web site to see the full challenge: http://www.launch.org/challenges/systems-2013

Warm regards,
The Katerva Team
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