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TCBL extends its EU project partnership

Following the Open Procedure that was launched on this website last November, the consortium members of the EU TCBL Project have identified seven new organisations that will be proposed to the European Commission as new partners in the coming weeks. The proposed new partners are as follows.

Partners bringing new Labs and Enterprises to TCBL

  • Reginnova is a Regional Innovation, R&D, Technology transfer, Human Resources and Community Support Association for the NE Region in Romania. Driven by TCBL Associate Katty Fashion of Iasi, their plans in TCBL include value chains based on hemp as well as linking TCBL partners with the industrial T&C ecosystem in eastern Romania.
  • CenTexBel is the Research & Development, testing, certification, consultancy, and training association for the Belgian textile industry. They plan to collaborate with TCBL Associate Michel Byvouet to develop "Second Life" value chain scenarios for the re-use and recycling of clothing, as well as engage with innovators and businesses in the Benelux area.
  • Institut Français de la Mode is, according to Business of Fashion, the #3 ranking Fashion School in the world. With three of the current TCBL Advisory Board members, IFM plans to connect with fashion innovation laboratories across France, starting with their own R3iLab, and experiment an internship programme with TCBL Associate Enterprises.
  • Fashion Enter is a London-based centre of excellence for skills development and a resource for fast track production for leading retailers, etailers, designers and start up own label businesses. They bring to TCBL their experience in the lab-based approach to innovation in the fashion industry as well as connections with the South England innovation ecosystem and leading retail brands and ecommerce websites.
  • IAAC FabLabBarcelona is one of the leading laboratories of the worldwide network of Fab Labs, and enters TCBL with the FabTextiles department, specifically dedicated to building innovation capacity in the T&C sector. They will further integrate TCBL into the FabLab network (of which partner Waag is a member) and its growing interest in textiles, as well as the Catalonia T&C business and innovation ecosystem.

Partners bringing new Business Services to TCBL

  • Cleviria is a Prato-based software house that develops management applications mainly for the T&C sector. They will integrate Thela, a supply chain management service specifically designed for the fashion industry, into the TCBL open platform and explore new approaches to certification of environmental and social practice.
  • Sqetch is a Dutch start-up with an online marketplace that helps brands large and small connect with the most suited manufacturer. They will integrate their services into the TCBL open platform, experiment new roles in building innovative value chains, and connect smoothly with the other TCBL Business Services.

The TCBL partners thank these organisations for the interest shown and look forward to collaborating in the near future, upon successful completion of the EU's approval and contract amendment process.

We at TCBL also wish to extend our thanks to the organisations who applied through the Open Procedure but for whom the limited resources available did not allow us to extend the invitation to join the project partnership. We have extended an invitation to join the 124 TCBL Associates in the forthcoming 2017 Call, and are happy to say that we have been receiving positive responses from all of the unsuccessful applicants.

It looks to be an exciting year with all of these new energies giving new impulse to the growth and development of the TCBL ecosystem, and we're looking forward to collaborating with all of you in 2017.

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