The Innovation Open connects global brand sustainability goals with startup products and solutions. Sustainable Brands wants to catalyze the progress and impact of the next generation of better brands by featuring the startups who, given the right support and exposure, can contribute to a flourishing future economically, socially and environmentally. Our 11 finalists will benefit from a week of introductions to influential brands, investors, experts and designers at the SB’15 San Diego event.
These 11 finalists are coming to SB’15 San Diego to take part in the Activation Hub, pitch in front of our judges and the the SB attendees.
|March 23, 2015 Entry form closes|
|March 24, 2015 Public vote begins – A shortlist of entries will be presented for the SB community to vote for who they want to see make it to the Innovation Open finals.|
|April 3, 2015 Public vote closes|
|April 7, 2015 Public vote winner announced and confirmed to pitch at the finals|
|April 13 – June 1, 2015 11 finalists are interviewed for the Sustainable Brands website and presented to the News & Views community.|
|June 2, 2015 The pitch! The 11 semi-finalists will pitch their ideas to our esteemed panel of judges. Four finalists will be chosen to present at the conference on the following day.|
|June 3, 2015 The finals! The top 4 pitch in front of the full SB audience on the main stage. A live vote will be held to pick a ‘People’s Choice Winner’ and the judges will determine the overall ‘SB’15 Innovation Open Winner’.|
In delivering environmental or social benefit, coupled with identified impact metrics (for example, “our business innovation helps customers lower their carbon footprint by XX% compared to the product we’re disrupting”, or “our innovation will help customers increase savings by XX% and keep their money local, leading to more stable local economies.”)
Particularly as it relates to demonstrated track record and understanding of systemic issues of sustainability
Growth and impact potential
Bonus points for disruptive innovation. The idea has approached the issue from a new perspective and is offering a solution that will truly shift the market as we know it.