Evaluation of applications will follow a rigorous peer review process, and will be based primarily on the coherence of your business ideas with a set of principles we have identified as the common traits of those interested in innovating together for a sustainable future. We have also identified some possible scenarios for the kinds of innovative business systems that can be made possible within the TCBL ecosystem, to stimulate and guide your imagination.
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 Business Pilots to accept, so the evaluation is not competitive between proposals but mainly a filter of readiness to innovate.
Individual proposals will first be evaluated on the basis of the general quality and originality of the proposed contribution to the TCBL Ecosystem. The following detailed criteria will then be evaluated and clustered according to the seven TCBL principles, with scoring weighed on an equal basis as that of the general evaluation.
- Ability to clearly identify problems of relevance for the T&C industry.
- Interest in engagement with innovation initiatives.
- Willingness to learn and experiment.
- Market relevance of issues raised.
- Alignment with relevant trends.
- Added business value.
- Commitment to the environment.
- Commitment to durable design.
- Scalability of sustainability approach proposed.
- Disciplinary and cultural richness.
- Orientation to customer needs.
- Business model innovation potential.
- Contribution to shared resources and services.
- Willingness to adopt open innovation.
- Commitment to transparency.
- Soundness of authorship, IPR and privacy policies.
- Respect for supply chain information of business partners.
- Social responsibility and fair trade practices.
- Availability of appropriate resources, machinery, and facilities to do the job.
- Capacity to implement business projects.
- Quality assurance.
In the final evaluation of all proposals, consideration will be given to the overall balance of gender and cultural representation, activity sectors, geographical coverage, etc.
The selection procedure will involve teams of 3 reviewers each, with each reviewer belonging to different TCBL partner organisations. Your proposal will therefore have 3 readers, none of whom will be from your country. Each team will evaluate from 8-15 proposals each, applying a common evaluation matrix based on the criteria below. The teams will first reach a team-level consensus on individual evaluation results and then compare their results to those of the other teams, adjusting if necessary to ensure coherent scoring across teams. The final selection will take the distribution criteria listed below into account, if and when necessary.
The outcomes of the evaluation process will be communicated to applicants by May 10th, and a public, anonymized evaluation report distributed by end May. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a note with suggestions on how to improve their proposals for future calls, while successful applicants will simply receive notice of membership, with no further details on the evaluation results.
Successful applicants will be invited to participate in the first annual TCBL Conference on June 20-21 in Huddersfield, UK. Among the applicants, 5 exemplary proposers will be identified by the Conference organizing committee as invited speakers in one of the Conference workshop sessions, with reimbursement of travel and subsistence expenses. On that occasion, the results of the first Call will be discussed with the TCBL international Advisory Board (consisting of experts from the World Bank, the Euratex association, the Tuscany Regional Government, the Institut Français de la Mode, Fashion Revolution, and industry representatives) for strategic guidance on the way forward.