Design the future

Green Concept Award 2022

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Green Concept Award

Do you design the future?

The mission: develop and execute green concepts that shall replace non-sustainable products in the future!

Every year, the Green Future Club awards concepts for sustainable materials, products and services that are not yet on the market with the Green Concept Award.

It is aimed at students, young designers, researchers, start-ups and companies who want to showcase, further develop or market their concepts in order to change society and the economy.

We support a selection of participants in the sense of an innovation agency with a variety of activities such as support with presentations and press work as well as introductions to the media, industry and investors.


GreenConcept Award 2022


The Green Concept Award is divided into 11 categories. Click on the category names for more information. Alternatively, it is possible to participate in the Special Calls "Kuro Units" and "farmwaste 2 products".

Why participate?

Prospects and Benefits

You have the concept, we have the platform to achieve sustainable success!

Get started with our Concept Support to bring your idea to the next level. Submit your concept to enjoy the benefits from our 3-stage award process. In the first stage upon Pre-Selection you are included in our sustainable innovation pool, which consists of admittance into our green database, basic website feature and newsletter. You will receive the Pre-selection-logo, which you can use unrestrictedly in your communication.

In the second stage Nominees will be selected and officially announced. They receive a communication package and have the chance to be introduced to brands, producers and investors. Nominees are part of the Audience Award, where the public and the communities vote for the their favourite green concept (60.000 votes last year). All nominees receive a n individual pointbased feedback.

In the third stage, the Winners will be selected by our international jury from the Nominees and announced live in March at our Award Ceremony. They will get visibility through postings across all Award channels and our media partners. Both Nominees & Winners can opt for an upgrade to be featured in our annual Green Trend Book or be part of our exhibitions/summit.

You see, it is a journey we invite you to. Take a look at the detailed stages & benefits.

1. Receive one of the Green Concept Award Seals (Pre-Selection, Nominee or Winner)

2. Get digital exposure to about 7 million contacts

3. Become part of the annual Green Trend Book

4. Become part of our exclusive pool for talks and exhibitions

5. Receive a certificate & feedback from our jury experts

6. Hints:

+ The Submission Assistance helps in preparing the submission.

+ Network and ask for support in taking your concept from idea to physical model

Green Concept Award

Schedule 2021/2022

Concept Support Activities:
8.10.2021 Zoom Workshop Toolkit Introduction
15.10.2021 Toolkit question & answer session 1
18.10.2021 Workshop Pitches from Dutch Design Week
22.10.2021 Toolkit question & answer session 2
Sign ups here.

13.10.2021 Deadline to apply for Special Calls

11.11.2021 Award Submission Deadline
13.12. 2021- 31.01.2022 Nominees Announcement, Jury & Audience Awards voting. Vote here for your favourite green concept.
09.03. 2022 Award Ceremony & Exhibition start at IHM, Munich
EXTRAS: Special calls & Summit


Participation & Fees

Participation in the Green Concept Award is free for students and graduate works from 2020! The fees shown are valid for the 2022 submission phase ending November 11th. Reduced fees apply for a) early submissions b) start-ups and c) participants from lower-income countries. There are only two basic fee-types charged: 1. Submission Fee and 2. Pre-Selection Fee.

Established companies:
Submission fee + Pre-Selection fee

200€ + 900€

Submission fee + Pre-Selection fee

100€ + 450€

Fees above are for the highest price zone per submission stated without VAT. -> Check Details for pricing.
Start-ups: founded within the last two years or where its turnover requires a second source of income.

May we introduce?

The Jury

An international jury of experienced experts will assess the submissions with their know-how and thus determine the winners. All nominees and winners receive an individual point based feedback.

Transparent but not limiting

The Criteria

The winners will be evaluated and determined based on general and subject-specific criteria.

In order to make it easier for you to highlight the special features of your submission, you can orient yourself on the criteria of the jury. The best way is to download our submission assistance here.

Overall rating

The originality, reproducibility and credibility are assessed.

Evaluated are the complexity of the analysis, the quality of the preparation and the way of implementation.

Consider the potential for environmental or social change.

Subject-specific reviews

This is about the design as an overall approach with the following criteria: aesthetics, user-friendly functionality, economic and ecological constructions, possibly the interaction of product and packaging. The quality of communication with the consumer about sustainability is also considered.

To assess the innovation, it is examined whether a problem / need (better) is solved, the scale of what is new and how relevant it is. When submitting concepts, there is an additional focus on the respective business model.

Assessment takes place along all phases of the life cycle (concept / pre-production, production, distribution, use, reuse). Information on the material used is considered separately, as well as information on the production conditions.