H&M Packaging Challenge For Entrepreneurs Around the World

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The one-year fellowship allows 20 emerging entrepreneurs to come to Hamburg to solve a ten-week group challenge for H&M Germany. The fellows will develop their own start-up plan, which they’ll implement in their home countries during the next 10 months.

The one-year program is a competitive fellowship enabling emerging social entrepreneurs to plan and implement their own ventures. Fellows receive start-up training, engage with current experts, and create change by implementing their social start-ups in their your own communities.

The program takes place in two phases, the ten-week Incubation Phase on campus in Hamburg and the ten-month Implementation Phase in the Fellows’ home countries. During the Incubation Phase they will develop their individual business plans and next to that, solve a real life group Challenge posed by a company or organization to learn hands-on what it takes to be an entrepreneur and how to successfully take action.
During the Implementation Phase each Fellow starts his/her own mission-driven venture.

The challenge

H&M Germany challenges you to create an innovative packaging system for one of its product lines! The goal is to minimize waste and energy, optimize the handling process and create maximum recycling and upcycling opportunities along the way. The solution should aim to be globally scalable and economically viable.

The impact of the developed solution will be evaluated during a one-week testing phase, delivering goods from the central German warehouse to H&M stores in Hamburg.


Worldwide transport represents a quarter of total CO2 emissions, so improving packaging and transport can significantly reduce our environmental footprint.
Every day H&M sends large amounts of goods to its stores all across the world, 11% of CO2 produced in an H&M product’s life cycle are attributed to packaging and transport.

Who should apply

The DO School invites applications from emerging social entre- preneurs and intrapreneurs aged 21 to 31 from around the world, with relevant interest and skills as well as an idea for a venture that they want to implement during DO School Fellowship.

Successful candidates may come from, but are not restricted to the fields of packaging technique and design, sustainability stud- ies, logistics, environmental engineering, urban planning, land use planning, architecture, fashion and design, as well as envir- onmental advocacy, retail and human resource management.

Location: Hamburg
Open for emerging social entrepreneurs from around the world, aged 21 – 31

Application Phase
24 September – 27 November 2014

To start your application click here. If this is your first application for the DO School Fellowship. If you have previously applied you can log in using your existing username and password.

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