he €1.5 trillion fashion industry is one of the most resource and labour-intensive industries in the world, leaving an extensive (and growing) environmental and social footprint across the globe. This emphasises the need for a unified effort to increase the sustainability of our industry across categories, borders and size of business alike. However, the fashion industry currently lacks the knowledge and transparency on what sustainable solutions exist, along with the capabilities to evaluate which to invest in.
With the urgent need to support and accelerate the decision-making process for fashion businesses, Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 saw the launch of a new, sustainable solutions platform: Innovation Forum. The Innovation Forum enabled small and large fashion businesses to embark on their sustainability journey by featuring some of the world’s most promising sustainable solutions. Business meetings were also facilitated during the Summit, and furthermore, Innovation Forum included a pitch-stage and a “speed dating” event.
Innovation Forum presented a curated trade and exhibition area enabling participating fashion brands to meet with +50 solution providers covering the entire supply chain – from innovative fabrics to green packaging solutions, and from new disruptive ideas to tried and tested large-scale solutions.
ome of the most powerful solutions available on the market today were presented at the Summit’s Innovation Forum, for example, high-quality sustainable materials and large-scale take-back solutions. Start changing your business today with inspiration from the forum’s specially curated remedies.
hrough facilitated business meetings between solution providers and fashion brands, the “speed dating” event helped fashion brands take the first important steps towards implementing sustainability. Each business meeting was carefully determined by a screening and matchmaking process, which was guided by data provided by participating fashion brands and solution providers. With the participation of 50 fashion brands and 15 sustainable solution providers, the “speed dating” event would amount to more than 350 pre-scheduled business meetings.
Only 50 brands could participate in the speed dating session. The tickets were sold on first come first serve basis and was an optional add-on as you purchased your Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2018 ticket.
nvestors and large, global enterprises are interested in investing in new technology, disruptive solutions and R&D. The 2018 Innovation Forum programme for innovators consisted of two elements: A stand at the Innovation Forum for interaction with the +800 delegates and a pitch-stage where each innovator got the chance to pitch their solution to Copenhagen Fashion Summit participants. The best pitch got the opportunity to present on the main stage in front of the +1,200 decision makers.
Do you want to present your solution to some of the most influential people in the industry? You can already now indicate your interest in the 2019 Copenhagen Fashion Summit. Sign-up and we will get in touch.