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Startups redesign fashion industry

Fifteen game changing startups leading efforts to design a sustainable fashion industry have been picked for a pioneering Amsterdam accelerator.

They are the latest cohort to join the 12-week Fashion for Good-Plug and Play accelerator in Amsterdam, after being selected from hundreds of applications received from across 10 countries. Adidas, C&A, Target and Zalando are some of the big names that support the accelerator.

The startups will now work with a team of industry insiders drawn from the accelerator’s extensive network of ‘partners and mentors’ to progress their ideas to the next stage. They will present their ideas to an audience of investors and fashion leaders at the accelerator’s 14 June graduation day.

Mango Materials, which ‘produces biodegradable bio-polyester that can be used as a sustainable alternative to the present polyester utilized in the fashion industry’; and Orange Fiber, an early stage company that makes ‘natural fabrics from citrus by-products’ are two of the 15. Check out all 15 on the FFG news pages.

Innovators Magazine featured the Fashion for Good (FFG) initiative, which is backed the the C&A Foundation, in our January special edition on biotech. The global initiative takes a collaborative, cross-sectoral approach to advancing innovations that can create an industry underpinned by sustainability; through platforms including its startup accelerator and Scaling programme.

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