Press Release


The Grand Award Ceremony took place on April 6th 2017 in the Stockholm City Hall and among over 2,800 applications from 130 countries, Vegea was revealed as the winner of first prize GCA 2017!

Every year H&M Foundation launches the Global Change Award – €1 million grant and coaching program to reinvent the entire fashion industry.

The Global Change Award, initiated by the non-profit H&M Foundation, aims to protect our planet and living conditions by accelerating the shift from a linear to a circular fashion industry.


Vegea company developed a technology which is able to transform a winemaking byproduct into an innovative biomaterial for fashion applications.

“We are deeply honoured to receive this prestigious award. It is the proof that biomaterials development is getting important in a world where resources are becoming more and more scarce”, said Tessitore, Owner of Vegea.


The Global Change Award is one of the world’s biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry. Neither the non-profit H&M Foundation nor the H&M group take any equity or intellectual property rights in the innovations, as the aim is to influence the fashion industry as a whole. “The Global Change Award has really become a positive force in the fashion industry. It has proven to be a true catalyst for the winners, giving them support and access to a valuable network so they can bring their innovations to the market quicker and better prepared” says Karl-Johan Persson, board member of the H&M Foundation and CEO of H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB.


An Expert Panel with extensive knowledge within fashion, environment, circularity and innovation selected the five winners, and it was then up to the public to distribute the €1million grant through an online vote. Besides sharing the grant, the winners are provided with a one-year Global Change Award Accelerator Program that will speed up the development of their innovations and maximize the impact on the industry.

The program will take the teams to Stockholm, Milan and Shanghai, and is provided by the H&M Foundation in partnership with Accenture, one of the world’s leading strategy and consulting companies, and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities.


“Sustainable and responsible consumption is the way forward. We must find better ways to make what we use, and wisely use what we have.

The Global Change Award is an important initiative to drive this forward. By intentionally and thoughtfully reusing, recycling, and repurposing, we can drive significant and radical improvements to our world,” says Professor Edwin Keh, Chief Executive Officer, The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel and member of the Expert Panel.


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