Winner of eBay Circular Fashion Fund grant to receive $100K

eBay fashion fund

eBay has introduced the Circular Fashion Fund, with a primary focus on promoting the circular economy by supporting innovations that extend the lifespan of clothing. This fund is designed to back start-ups that are actively reshaping customer behaviour within the fashion industry.

The competitive grant program includes a substantial AUD$100,000 cash investment for the winner, while each of the two runner-up winners will receive AUD$50,000 for their business. 

Key Dates: 

  • Applications open September 25, 2023, and close November 10, 2023. 
  • Shortlist announced November 17, 2023. 
  • Shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to present their proposals to a panel of experts and eBay leadership during the week starting November 27, 2023. 
  • The three finalists will embark on a comprehensive program comprising mentoring, training, and networking opportunities, culminating in a showcase event to announce the overall winner during the week commencing February 26, 2024. 

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

  • The ability to leverage emerging technologies to create products or services which advance the fashion circular economy. 
  • Having a unique value proposition that has game-changing advantages over other alternatives. 
  • The business model is commercially viable and economically desirable. 
  • The business or its created works or services addresses a need and solves a problem. 
  • The business has an immediate and longer-term positive impact on people and the planet. 

Innovations dedicated to improving clothing’s longevity, reusability, and recyclability could be a game-changer in waste reduction. The Australian Fashion Council estimates that an average Australian buys 27 kilograms of new clothing each year while disposing of a staggering 23 kilograms. 

Businesses investing in reshaping the future of fashion and sustainability can submit their applications here

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Stuart Reynolds is the founder of Fullstack Advisory, an award-winning accounting firm for businesses leading the future. He is a 3rd generation accountant who specialises in tech & online companies.

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