2. How to Submit an entry
Sign up to the TCBL website.
Then go to the WAVE platform (https://oi.wave.consorzioarca.it/) and log in with your TCBL username and password. Innovators are invited to consult the dedicated section on ideas and needs coming from the TCBL ecosystem.
On the left side click on NEW ELEMENTS and chose SHARE YOUR PROJECT. Indicate the category (Textile & Clothing) and the source of the threads ( TCBL) then a title.
Then briefly describe your idea (max 500 characters) and upload one or more photos or drawings. Press SAVE to post your idea.
Upon completion, you will receive an APPLICATION FORM and an EVALUATION CHART by email and further instructions. You will be asked to fill in all the mandatory fields and answer all questions.
Submission for entries opens February 26 2018 and closes April 15 2018 at midnight CET.
We are not liable for possible deficiencies of the platform. Please note that we are not responsible for computer, network or any other reasons that may lead to lost, damaged or late entries.
Entries must be submitted in English.
After initial entries have been submitted, the Competition will be run in accordance with the following indicative timeline. We reserve the right to change any of the timeframes indicated on our Competition Website.
Evaluation of applications will follow a rigorous peer review process, which will involve teams of 3 reviewers each, with each reviewer belonging to a different TCBL partner organization. The selection will be based primarily on the innovativeness, potential impact, market and technological readiness (TRL) of the proposed idea. Maturity of the technology to be used, market traction, lack of barriers will be assessed, but also the coherence of the business strategy with TCBL set of principles. The evaluation procedures will be managed under the responsibility of the TCBL project consortium, in compliance with principles of openness, fairness, and transparency.
Should we need to contact you in connection with the Competition, we will use the contact information provided by you in the application form. We are not responsible for incomplete or incorrect contact information provided. Decisions, made by the Selection Team, are final and no explanations will be provided. The composition of the jury may vary.
5. Selecting the winners
The Selection Team will decide which entries best meet the assessment criteria, as set out on the Competition Website.
In the first step, the most promising ideas will be selected with respect to textile production, textile innovation, fashion distribution, clothing production, logistics and any other aspects of textile and clothing industry to be developed though a start up company. These start up ideas will be assigned to facilitators who will remotely assist the teams by informing and coaching in order to improve, reinforce and give substance to projects.
In the second step, a maximum of 8 start up ideas will be selected among the pre-selected ones. The selection will take place through a validation by the Selection Team of the business ideas, following these criteria:
- Feasibility: ability to develop a product/service;
- Economic and financial feasibility;
- Growth of long term sustainability: Entry Barriers, Size of competitors etc;
- Managerial, Technical and Commercial skills of the team;
- TCBL Principles.
6. The prize
Selected innovators will:
- Get the TCBL start up package: 12 months attendance at local TCBL Lab with technical and commercial assistance and coaching.
- Participate free of charge in the TCBL ecosystem, joining an international business community of innovating enterprises.
- Become part of a closed user group that will test innovative value chains and approaches for the revitalization of the T&C sector.
- Work together with TCBL business Associates to co-design innovation services best fit for business.
- Participate in residences or study visits at TCBL Labs networks (with reimbursement of travel expenses) .
- Be invited to participate in the third annual TCBL Conference, taking place in Prato (Tuscany, Italy) in May 2018. Three exemplary winners will be identified by the Conference organizing committee as invited speakers (with reimbursement of travel expenses) for one of the Conference workshop sessions.
7. Intellectual property rights, information and publicity
You confirm by entering the competition that you own all Intellectual Property Rights (“IPRs”) subsisting in your entry to the Competition and that your entry does not infringe any third party’s IPRs. You are responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions from third parties to use their IPRs in your submission. We reserve the right to disclose your identity to any third party claiming material posted or uploaded by you to the Competition Website constitutes a violation of their IPRs, or their confidentiality/privacy rights. We reserve the right to ask for additional evidence or documents to validate that all information you supply is true and complete.
Subject to the terms of this clause 7, we recognize your ownership of the IPRs subsisting in your entry to the Competition.
8. Changes and Competition cancellation
We may cancel the Competition or vary these Terms and Conditions at any time at our discretion. We will post any changes to these Terms and Conditions on the Competition Website.
We also reserve the right:
to suspend the Competition at any time
to change the form and substance, dates for deadlines and events, locations or specification of the Competition and/or Prize
not to award the Prize.
9. Personal Data
By submitting your entry to the Competition, you give us permission to use the information provided by you in your entry and during your participation in the Competition, including your personal details, for the purposes of administering and judging the Competition, for any purpose connected to the Competition and – in accordance with you – for promotional purposes. We may share this information with our jury members, our project partners and other members of the TCBL community.
If you have any further questions about the operation of the Competition, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TCBL Start up timeline
Identification of business ideas:
Identification of the most promising Start ups ideas
Labs Incubation, delivery of Coaching and Mentoring package: