The SB Innovation Open is a business plan competition for mission-driven startups and entrepreneurs held every year at our flagship event. The competition provided an opportunity for next generation brands to showcase their innovative solutions to today’s pressing environmental, social and economic challenges, as well as connect and collaborate with multi-national brands, accelerators and thought leaders in sustainability. Given the right support and exposure, mission-driven brands are poised to challenge the status quo of business and Sustainable Brands is here to catalyze their success.
Sustainable Brands is proud to call Target a partner as host of the SBIO competition for 5 years in a row, their continued support allows the competition to become more ambitions each year. Target has a rich history of design and innovation which they believe are critical to continuing to successfully integrate sustainability into their business – from the products on their shelves to their operations.
These 11 finalists joined us at SB’16 San Diego to take part in the Activation Hub, pitch in front of our judges and the SB attendees.
|March 25, 2016 Entry form closes|
|April 4, 2016 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 10, 2016 Public vote closes|
|April 15,2016 Public vote winner announced and confirmed to pitch at the finals|
|April 19 – June 6, 2016 11 finalists are interviewed for the Sustainable Brands website and presented to the News & Views community.|
|June 7, 2016 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 8, 2016 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’16 Innovation Open Winner’. Finals are available to the global SB community via livestream and post-event in the SB Library.|
*Eligible organizations are U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, 501(c)(3) subordinate groups, accredited schools and universities, and public agencies (e.g. tax-funded organizations such as law enforcement agencies, libraries, parks, etc.). Note that a public agency must be able to provide a copy of their government affirmation letter. Individuals are not eligible to receive donations and donations cannot be “earmarked” for a specific individual. Religious-based organizations cannot receive donations for religious purposes. Donations to support non-religious programs at religious organizations are eligible. Target will not provide support to organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship status, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other protected characteristics.
JUDGES SELECTED FINALISTS BASED ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
Social and environmental impact – specifically 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.
This new venture showcase is focused on identifying and promoting innovative new consumer brands, AND ventures that support existing corporations in achieving their sustainable brand innovation goals. We are looking for companies in their:
You can apply via the ‘Apply Now’ button above or completing an entry form here: http://sbshare.co/2016sbioentry.
You will need to include the following to complete an application into the competition:
You, the applicant, are solely responsible for your intellectual property rights, trademarks, copyrights, etc. If you think you have intellectual property rights, we recommend you consult an attorney before you apply for the competition. Applicants are expected to submit a compelling presentation without disclosing critical intellectual property. By submitting an application, you acknowledge that applying for the SBIO could result in disclosure of your intellectual property if such information is included in your application.
SB wants you to know that there are always certain risks involved in competitions of this nature. SB is not in a position to protect or advise you on your intellectual property rights, SB cannot and does not take any responsibility for doing so. Please be aware that SB does not require non-disclosure agreements or other confidentiality obligations from anyone involved in the SB Innovation Open.