The Levi Strauss & Co. Collaboratory is an opportunity for a small group of socially and environmentally responsible entrepreneurs working in apparel to come together to advance sustainability solutions
for their organizations and the industry.

Each year the Collaboratory focuses on a different sustainability challenge facing the apparel industry. The focus of our next class is on climate change, and we are looking for a curious and creative group committed to tackle the climate impact of their enterprise and/or the industry.

Selected fellows will come to San Francisco for a Workshop Weekend at the LS&Co. Eureka Innovation Lab and have the opportunity to meet and learn from a community of mentors, experts and peers. Additionally, fellows can apply for up to $50,000 in funding to pursue bold solutions to reduce their organization’s, or the apparel industry’s, climate impact.

Applications due by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, December 15, 2017
 
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Our ideal fellow
We are seeking entrepreneurs or social entrepreneurs who are connected to the apparel industry and have an innovative idea to address climate change. Our ideal fellow is:

→ Leading an organization committed to “profits through principles”: creating social impact and improving environmental quality as well as generating profits.

→ Passionate about how the apparel industry can be a force for social change and environmental stewardship.

Excited to share with and learn from a like-minded community.

→ Someone who expresses the values of empathy, originality, integrity and courage.

→ A curious problem solver, committed to taking action from what they will learn during the Collaboratory.

 
Criteria

❏ 18+ years of age
❏  Proficient in written and spoken English
❏  Able to commit to being in San Francisco May 17-20, 2018
❏  Able to commit to preparation and follow-up work around the Collaboratory Workshop Weekend
❏  Has not been previously awarded a grant from Levi Strauss & Co. or the Levi Strauss Foundation
❏  Leader within an organization (nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid) that:
      -  Has been in operation under 10 years
      -  Has less than $50M in annual revenue
      -  Has fewer than 50 employees
      -  Makes an apparel product (e.g., clothing, footwear, accessories) or provides an apparel-related service or technology
      -  Incorporates social and environmental values within their organization
      -  Is actively reducing or has an initial project idea for reducing the climate impact of their organization and/or the apparel industry in one of these four areas: product design, raw materials, manufacturing, consumer use.

 
Quick Facts

 
What is your first and last name? *

 
What is your job title? *

 
What is the name of your business or organization? *

 
Share your bio

Limit to 150 words
 
Share the link to your LinkedIn profile.

 
If there was one thing you could be known for, what would it be and why?

Limit to 50 words
 
About Your Organization

 
What is the website of your business or organization?

 
How long has your organization been in operation?

Please provide the year in which your organization was legally established.
 
What was your organization’s revenue in 2016?

If your organization is a non-profit, please include your annual budget.
 
How many staff members does your organization employ?

Please include full-time and part-time employees in your count.
 
Tell us about your business or organization: What products or apparel-related technology and/or service do you provide?

Limit to 50 words
 
How is your business or organization creating social impact and/or reducing environmental impact?

Provide specific examples. Limit to 150 words.
 
Proposed Idea for Reducing Climate Impact
We are looking for fellows who have an idea or are already working on a bold and feasible approach to  reducing the climate impact of their organization and/or the apparel industry.

 
Is there a “ah-ha!” moment that made you want to tackle climate change?

Limit to 50 words.
 
Describe your project idea to reduce the climate impact of your organization and/or the apparel industry in one of these four areas: raw materials, product design, manufacturing, consumer use.

Limit to 150 words.
 
Explain your project idea’s intended impact and potential for being leveraged by other businesses/organizations.

Limit to 150 words.
 
Closing

 
Please read the full text and acknowledge that you agree to the terms and conditions of the Levi Strauss & Co. Collaboratory. *

The terms and conditions are available at https://goo.gl/8gJXMF.

Thank you for applying to the Levi Strauss & Co. Collaboratory. We will be in touch in February 2018 on your eligibility. If you have any questions before then, please email us at: hello@levistrauss-collaboratory.com
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