GREAT IDEA, NOW WHAT?: As any entrepreneur or inventor can attest, ideas can be abundant but executing them? Not so easy.
With the next installment of the Circular Fashion Games set for Eindhoven, Netherlands, from Jan. 25 to 27 and in Amsterdam from Feb. 6 to 10, there will be no shortage of next-generation prototypes, apps and strategies that spring from the various challenges. With time being life’s greatest commodity, organizer and Start Up Mix chief executive officer Johnny Kerkhof has been trying to do some advance legwork. He has been speaking with some companies about the need to find time to meet with the participants afterward.
After last spring’s CFG in Eindhoven, a few winners met with companies about the prospect of bringing their ideas into production or to better understand their visions. Waste2Wear’s electrospinning for textile winning called for spinning microfibers into nanocloth, by using end-of life polymers like plastics recovered from the ocean. Closet.Pal, meanwhile, is an app with sharing and repairing platforms among other features. Both groups had follow-up meetings. “That wasn’t enough to get organizations aligned to absorb the ideas of the participants,” Kerkhof said.
In addition to supporting the teams post-Games to fine-tune and potentially integrate ideas,
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