Sustainability
Thursday, December 7, 2017

Second batch of sustainable textile start-ups graduate from Fashion for Good, Plug and Play and Kering's innovation accelerator

Fashion for Good, Plug and Play, and Kering saw the second batch of start-ups graduate from their Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator program, during an industry event on “Accelerating and Scaling Daring Innovation” held at the Fashion for Good hub in central Amsterdam today. Approximately 180 brand representatives, suppliers, non-profit organisations, innovators and funders convened at today's event to discover the start-ups’ break-through ideas.

The event featured Demo Day pitches from the nine start-ups in the latest batch of the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator, an intensive 12-week startup program run with Plug and Play, a leading Silicon Valley accelerator, and corporate partners C&A, Galeries Lafayette Group and Kering. Nine start-ups from around the world – representing varied fields and backgrounds – participated in the Accelerator’s second session: Carcel, Colorifix, Eon ID, LiteHide™ by LeatherTeq, Nature Coatings, Normn Hangers, A Transparent Company, Texloop and We aRe SpinDye®. Since September last, the start-ups have followed a robust curriculum including mentorship and training by Kering experts, the preparation for over 50 investor meetings, and the coordination of nearly 100 deal flow sessions with major brands. The third and next batch of start-ups awarded a place in the Accelerator program will be announced in early 2018.