The TCBL 2017 Call for Startups is actively looking for innovators interested in the entrepreneurial discovery of opportunities and markets triggered by the transformation of the T&C sector. TCBL believes that start-ups are an essential part of an innovative ecosystem and, for this reason, it has first identified clear market needs through the activity of its Labs and Business Cases. These needs are published on the ARCA Consortium’s Wave platform, which allows candidates to share ideas and develop proposals together with the innovation community.

If you or your team develop a sufficiently attractive business concept based on these or other needs related to design, production, and distribution in the T&C sector, the TCBL Project invites you to submit your proposals following the procedure for Expressions of Interest described below. Applications can be submitted by any interested party, including post-graduate students, PhD students, young researchers, those in a research role in industry, makers, or anyone with an innovative idea in the fields of design, textile production, fashion distribution, clothing production, logistics and any other aspects of textile and clothing industry to be developed though the launch of a start up company.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest for the 2017 Call for Startups is May 12th, 2017. The TCBL evaluation team will then select 36 proposals for the second phase, which will further develop your business models together with the support of the TCBL mentors and innovation community. The final selection will identify a maximum of 7 Startups to fully develop their business concepts towards market launch, using the services and facilities of the TCBL Startup Partners.

So if you believe you have a good idea for a new business targeting T&C innovation, don't think twice. Get on board!

Market Needs in TCBL

The TCBL Labs and Business Cases have identified some precise needs for new products and services in the course of their interactions with T&C Associate Enterprises.

These innovation needs are being published on the ARCA Consortium's Wave open innovation platform, in a special section dedicated to developing TCBL related business concepts.


Innovators interested in applying for the Startups call are invited to consult this section (you'll need to register or Log in with TCBL) and get inspiration. Some of the ideas published to date include:

The Wave platform has also published the TCBL Business Cases as Projects, in order to attract ideas from other innovation communities.

Terms and Conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions below carefully before you enter the Competition. By submitting an entry, you accept these Terms and Conditions and agree to comply with them.



Who can enter the Competition: Post-graduate students, PhD students, young researchers, those in a research role in industry, makers, or anyone with an innovative idea in the fields of design, textile production, textile innovation, fashion distribution, clothing production, logistic and any other aspects of textile and clothing industry to be developed through a start up company.

Ideas should comply with the TCBL community values and seven Principles as illustrated here.

Submitting an entry

We recommend you first sign up to the TCBL website, if you are not a member of the TCBL community, sign up by clicking here,

Then send a mail to: and you will receive the application form. In order to submit an idea, you will be asked to fill in all the mandatory fields and answer all questions in the form.

Submission for entries starts the 26th April 2017. Submission deadline is midnight of 12th May, 2017.

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.

What happens next – timeline

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 here below, with due notice through the project website and its weekly email newsletters.

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.

Whenever 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. No correspondence will be entered into. The composition of the jury may vary.

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