Challenges to spark your idea(s)

Climate change poses a lot of different challenges to us all. Each and every one of them is an opportunity for you to create impact and build a great business based on an original idea. To ignite your imagination we have chosen a few examples of some of the very real challenges out there. Dig into the different themes, get inspired and JOIN the iQnite case competition

Can you dress up a broken business model?

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Todays fashion-industry is fundamentally based on unsustainable fast-fashion trends, non-recycle materials and cheap production.

02

The idea about second-hand shopping and recycling is good and all the rage. But the real positive impact from it is less than amazing.

03

Consumer interest in buying low quality clothing is one of the biggest barriers towards creating a sustainable fashion industry.

What if joining the case competition could help you...

Develop

new sustainable purposes for leftover clothes? Purposes that could perhaps help solve other climate related challenges as well?

Find

ways to use old clothes to grow something? Maybe something that could create new fertile land for growing crops none exist today?

Reinvent

fashion in a sustainable way? Either through invention and innovation in materials or in the way we think about fashion?

Can you make pollination your value proposition?

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The importance of biodiversity is too easily forgotten - especially by those of us living in big cities.

02

People don't recognize that what they see as small empty spaces in cities is vast opportunities for pollinators.

03

Even though it is a small thing to do, not enough people provide space in their backyards for pollinators.

What if joining the case competition could help you...

Explore

ways to create a more diverse diet that supports biodiversity? Something that would give nature a break.

Bring

even the smallest of free spaces in the urban cities into play as valuable assets for biodiversity to build a business on?

Develop

new concepts and business models for microuse/-lease of land and build a profitable, private alternative to public programmes?

Can you recycle the way a materials business work?

01

While we are good at extracting, producing and using materials, we still haven't found enough ways of managing them efficiently.

02

For all the talk about unsustainable materials being unsustainable, consumers continue to buy and discard them time and time again.

03

When there is little or no experimentation within materials for construction, we quickly fall back to unsustainable use of chemicals.

What if joining the case competition could help you...

Develop

a concept for new materials produced from the most unsustainable ones and turn a big challenge into your big opportunity?

Identify

how to create a business around using nudging to help move people away from unsustainable materials?

Create

a business concept that makes it counter to being able to do good business to overly use unsustainable materials?

Can you power up more efficient use of energy?

01

The absolutely biggest culprit when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions is the power sector. They take all top spots in the statistics.

02

While we are getting better and better at producing green energy, we still sorely lack great solutions on how to store the energy.

03

Some of our digital habits - especially streaming - keep the power sector on fire. Literally. The energy spent is of epic proportions.

What if joining the case competition could help you...

Develop

concepts for new zero-emission food diets with a dramatically reduced need for energy use?

Find

new profitable ways of reducing the need for energy on transportation through new use of network effects?

Make

using less energy sporty or even cool? If the message wasn't a negative "Stop doing this" but a positive "Start doing" instead?

Can you renovate the business model for how we live?

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Cities are getting so crowded, a small amount of people are starting to abandon them in order to live in less crowded areas.

02

Gentrification, space scarcity, and unclean air are some of the new challenges we face and reasons for people moving out of the city.

03

Many people are looking for inclusive living alternatives in the dense and expansive city that is getting to big to fully grasp.

What if joining the case competition could help you...

Offer

new, innovative and profitable ways to give up some personal space in order to get a better living in the cities?

Reinvent

the business model of renting living space in the city, renting what we need when we need it - just the right space?

Identify

creative and profitable ways for cities to function with a minimum of energy usage?

Can you find the recipe for reducing food waste?

01

Image is perception. Food can still be good and yet seem so bad that people just won't buy it.

02

More than 1/3 of us let the calendar dictate when something is bad and past it rather than our senses.

03

Proper waste management in restaurants could reduce their food waste by more than 1/3.

What if joining the case competition could help you...

Redistribute

food - perhaps in another form - before is being deemed 'bad'? And build a great business from doing it.

Develop

an educational concept that addresses a reduction in food waste and makes for an interesting business?

Make

fighting food waste fashionable, cool and perhaps even something you could build a membership business on?