Become a TCBL Associate Enterprise!

The 2017 Call for Associate Enterprises is now closed.

We are looking for businesses and enterprises, large and small – even individuals may apply – in any way connected with design, production, manufacturing and distribution in the Textiles and Clothing (T&C) sector, who are interested in becoming part of the TCBL business innovation ecosystem.

You and your company can become one of the prominent members of a growing global community open to anyone interested in innovating business systems to build a more inclusive, and sustainable production ecosystem in Europe.

To apply, first register as a candidate: the deadline for registration is May 5th, 2017. You will then be provided with a registration number by one of the TCBL project partners, which you can use to complete the on-line application form. The deadline to submit your full application form is midnight of May 12th, 2017.

A structured evaluation process (see below) will then select the people and businesses who can make the best contribution to the TCBL innovation ecosystem, to become part of the growing community of TCBL Associate Enterprises (78 selected in the first 2016 Call).

You can register in one of two ways:

  • If you are not a member of the TCBL community, sign up by clicking here and make sure you tick the box marked "I want to apply to the 2017 Call" from the drop-down menu.
  • If you are already a member, you can edit your profile by clicking here where you can also select the option "I want to apply to the 2017 Call" from the drop-down menu.

For further information, you can download the Call invitation here; you can also forward this file to others in your business network and encourage them to join up too!

Why become a TCBL Associate?

As a TCBL Pilot associate, your company will:

  • Join a business community of innovating enterprises, all under the TCBL label
  • Become part of a closed user group that will test innovative value chains and approaches to the revitalisation of the T&C sector.
  • Work together with TCBL partners to co-design innovation services best fit for business like yours.

Once activated starting July 1st, 2016, as an Associate Business Pilot in TCBL your business will primarily interact with the project’s starting network of Business Labs, also selected in a parallel call, who will be launching their explorations of inspiring and stimulating ideas for business model innovation. You will probably also want to explore new partnerships and value chain relationships with other Associate Pilots, in an experimental setting designed to lower the risk of innovation. Your business will be assigned to one of the TCBL project partners, who will help you navigate among the network of Labs and Pilots and find the best resources and opportunities. In addition, the majority of project partners also offer business support and training services as a part of their normal activities.

Participation as an Associate Business Pilot in the TCBL ecosystem is free of charge and implies no formal obligation to the TCBL project consortium nor to the European Commission. This is the first of four yearly Calls planned for the TCBL project until 2019. The results of your business interactions within the TCBL ecosystem will be assessed following the first 9 months of experimentation, in March 2017. Enterprises who are actively interacting with the TCBL Business Labs and engaging in business model innovation processes will be upgraded to the role of TCBL Members. This gives the additional benefit of participating together with TCBL consortium partners in the governance of the TCBL business ecosystem, co-design of its services, and evaluation and selection for the successive Calls.

Selection Process

Evaluation of applications will follow a rigorous peer review process, and will be based on three main criteria:

  • Value added to the network: profile and location, originality of approach.
  • Innovation capacity: contribution to the on-going Business Cases, willingness to co-create new value chains (see here for more information)
  • Coherence with community values: alignment with and contribution to the TCBL Principles. (see here for more information)

The evaluation procedures will be managed under the responsibility of the TCBL project consortium, in respect of principles of openness, fairness, and transparency. There is no set maximum limit for the number of Associate Enterprises to take on board, so the evaluation is more a filter of readiness to innovate than a competition between proposers.

Selection Procedure

The selection procedure will involve teams of 3 reviewers each, with each reviewer either and existing Associate Enterprise or belonging to a different TCBL partner organisation. Your proposal will therefore have 3 readers, none of whom will be from your country. The final selection will take issues of overall balance into account, if and when necessary. 

Evaluation outcomes will be communicated to applicants by May 30th, and a public, anonymized report distributed by early June. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a note with suggestions for improving their proposals for future calls.

Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the second annual #TCBL_2017 on June 20-21 in Athens (see here for more information), Greece. Five exemplary proposers will be identified by the Conference organizing committee as invited speakers (with reimbursement of travel expenses) for one of the Conference workshop sessions. On that occasion, the results of the 2017 Call will be publicly announced.