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Green Concept Award 2025

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Green Concept Award

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The international Green Concept Award has been honouring visionary design concepts for sustainable products, services and materials since 2013.

The annual competition is aimed at young designers, start-ups and established companies who want to use the feedback from the expert jury to optimise their work or use the awards to further their careers.

Young designers benefit from special support through the IKEA Stiftung, such as workshops, mentorships, industry contacts and much more, organised by the Green Future Club.

For participants whose projects are already on the market, there is the Green Product Award.

 


Why participate?

Perspectives & Benefits

First of all, participation offers an opportunity to receive feedback from experts. Finalists and winners benefit from visibility through participation in the public vote (60,000 votes annually), a press kit & tools for their own promotion, the option to be included in the Green Trend Book (250,000 readers), individual point based feedback.

Throughout the year, the Green Future Club, in cooperation with the IKEA Stiftung and experts from industry, manufacturers, media and investors, supports young designers in particular through free award participation, workshops on the development and elaboration of sustainable concepts and pitch decks. Qualified projects receive mentoring and are integrated into exhibitions and invited to pitch and matchmaking events.

Then there are SPECIAL PROJECTS, which we inform about in the newsletter. Other benefits that are there:

Finalist´s Benefits

+ Project and designer portrait in the award portal
+ Feedback from the expert jury
+ Seal with unlimited usage rights
+ Digital award certificate
+ Invitation to award ceremony & networking

Winner´s Benefits

+ Winner-Seal & PDF Award certificate.
+ Portrait in the Green Concept Award Gallery for one year.
+ Participation in Green Product Audience Award (50.000 votes yearly).
+ Opportunity to be selected for the Start-Up-Mentorship-Program.
+ Opportunity for integration into the Green Trend Book (250.000 readers).
+ Selected project features on partner publications.
+ Content for own press, PR & social media activities.




GreenConcept Award 2024

Categories

The Green Concept Awards are presented in various categories. Within each category, the best concept is awarded alongside the best products. The category pages contain further information as well as finalists & winners of the last award cycle.


Green Concept Award

Schedule 2024/25



30 April Grand ceremony in Berlin - To the review
16 July Supported Deadline for the Awards 2025
16 September Guided Deadline for the Awards 2025
16 November Experienced Deadline for the Awards 2025

16 December Finalist Annoucement, Public Voting & judging
16 Jan. 2025 End of Public Voting

March 2025 Award ceremony & summits in Berlin embassies

Excerpt of exhibitions: Neonyt, Kind und Jugend, Dutch Design Week, Sustainable Materials Conference & Expo... learn more

>> To the workshop dates


WHAT DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?

Fees

Participation for students and graduates is free of charge. However, in order to run the award at a sophisticated level, there are fees for start-ups and established companies. Green Future Club members receive a 50% discount on submission.

Established companies:
Submission + Finalist Package

350 + 1550€

Start-Ups:
One-time fee

350€


The above fees are stated without VAT.
Definition of start-ups: Turnover below 1 million euros.

May we introduce?

The Jury

An international jury of experienced experts reviews the submissions with their know-how to determine the winners. Finalists and winners receive individual point based feedback.


TRANSPARENT AND HOLISTIC

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

Approach
The originality, reproducibility and credibility are assessed.

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

Impact
The potential for positive impact on the environment and/or society is considered.

Subject-specific reviews

Design
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.

Innovation
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.

Sustainability
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.