Concept of OCRT Innovation Lab by TextileExchange and Change Agency

Concept of OCRT Innovation Lab by TextileExchange and Change Agency


A number of innovation researchers have identified “liquid networks” as being essential to enable innovation to flourish.  Organic Cotton supply chains are an excellent example of a liquid network, where participants know each other, are confident in the context they are working in, and have a purpose-driven approach. As a result they feel more able to take the risk of innovating than they would do alone, outside the network

Innovation Lab LogoAt last year’s Organic Cotton Round Table (OCRT) in Mumbai, India, Change Agency hosted the inaugural Innovation Lab – a celebration of new ideas in organic cotton, with applicants competing for the OCRT Innovation Award.

We received such positive feedback to this initiative in Mumbai that we are making it a permanent component of the OCRT. We are now accepting applications for 2016 innovators who will be in with the chance of pitching their innovation at the OCRT in Hamburg, Germany, on 6th October 2016.

The deadline for applications is August 19, 2016. This deadline was extended and submissions are still possible.

How does it work?

Echoing the “Dragon’s Den” TV program which shows in many countries, a number of innovators – shortlisted from applications received by email – will present their idea at the OCRT in Hamburg (either in person or via video link) to a panel of judges. There are no strict rules for entry but ideally pitches would broadly fit into the themes prioritized by the Organic Cotton Round Table Task Forces: Seed & Soils, Business Models and Consumer Engagement.

How to apply?

In order to apply, applicants must send a one-page overview of their project/idea to by Friday August 19, 2016. However, the submission time has been extended: Textile Exchange is still accepting entries to the OCRT’s Innovation Lab.

Simply send a 250-word overview of your project or idea to  for the chance to win the 2016 Innovation Award, including priceless publicity and a cash prize!

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