The event Next4Fashion, Unlocking New Sustainable Pathways, is organised by the S4Fashion consortium with the support of the other 3 EU COSME projects, Circular Innoboooster, Fashion for Change and Small but Perfect. From 2021 to 2023, these initiatives have been driving sustainable practices in fashion, overseen by the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA) on behalf of the European Commission.

The COSME Legacy: Operating from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of €2.3 billion, COSME, the EU program for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs, played a pivotal role in fostering SME access to finance, creating a supportive business environment, and enhancing market accessibility. All these efforts were guided by the principles of a more competitive, digital, green, and inclusive EU, as articulated by the Small Business Act (SBA).

The Conference Highlights:

Diverse Expertise: The conference brings together experts in fashion, policymaking, sustainability, business, culture, innovation and emerging sustainable and circular fashion initiatives.

Showcasing Results: Pilot initiatives will showcase their results, offering insights into the integration of sustainability and circular principles into innovation policies, sectors, and funding schemes within the fashion industry.

Nurturing Partnerships: The conference emphasizes the importance of nurturing a robust European fashion ecosystem through transnational partnerships.

Illuminating Practices: It focuses on evidence-based knowledge, shedding light on sustainable and circular practices within fashion.

Exploring Innovation: Fostering novel solutions in the fashion sector and broadening societal impact. With an ecosystem approach involving SMEs support, building practices, projects, and policy-making, we not only align with current policies but also drive the development of climate-responsive policies. We are catalysing a sustainable future for fashion.

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Conference venue: MAD, Pl. du Nouveau Marché aux Grains 10, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium

Host: David Lapof, Istituto Europeo di Design, Project Manager



10:30 - 11:00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
11:00 - 11:30

Welcome Speeches

Tessa Moroder, Lottozero Creative Hub Founder

Cecilia Nilsson-Bottka, European Commission, DG GROW Policy & Legal Officer

Igor Kalinic, European Commission, EISMEA Head of the Sector

11:30 - 11:50

Outcomes and knowledge gained by the 3 year life cycle of the 4 COSME projects

Anais Roussou, European Creative Hubs Network, Project Coordinator, S4Fashion project

Michael Laermann, Ecopreneur, Communications Lead, Fashion for Change project

Laura Velasco, Finnova, Project Coordinator, Circular Innobooster project

Eleni Mavrogeni, Fashion Revolution Greece, Project Coordinator, Small But Perfect project

11:50 - 12:25

Navigating the Future – Europe’s Sustainable Fashion Support Programmes

This panel will bring together leading minds to dissect the successes and lessons of past initiatives, deliberate on what needs evolution, and integrate these insights into future support structures. Our conversation will pivot around the integration of these lessons into forthcoming strategies, evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of recently incorporated changes.

Ilona Lelonek Husting, European Commission, DG GROW, Policy Officer

Alexandros Nousias, Envolve Entrepreneurship, Managing Director

Arthur ten Wolde, Ecopreneur - European Sustainable Business Federation, Executive Director

Fredrik Timur, Fashion Innovation Centre Stockholm, Founder

Moderation: Alain Heureux, Virtuology Academy, General Manager

12:25 - 13:10 Coffee & Lunch Break
13:10 - 13:50

The entrepreneurial journey of a sustainable Fashion SME

The EISMEA Circular Fashion Accelerators acted as partners to Fashion Startups and SMEs to help them develop their sustainable fashion business ideas and explore pathways to launch and expand into new countries. In the panel discussion we invite 3 S4Fashion project teams to share their learnings along their entrepreneurial journey.

Zoe Romano, Circular Clotho project

Stefanie Barz, Loop Look project

Ilaria Maria Sposito, Junkle project

Moderation: Ingrid Willems, DataScouts, CEO

13:50 - 14:45

Guided Policy Dialogue: What is the next cause for policy makers?

This panel aims to critically examine the challenges in the fashion industry and propose innovative, sustainable policy solutions. It seeks to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues, existing frameworks, and potential remedies, with the goal of guiding the industry toward a sustainable future.

Eleni Stavrou, Member of the European Parliament

Cecilia Nilsson-Bottka, European Commission, DG GROW Legal & Policy Officer

Lisa Lang, EIT Climate KIC, Director Policy & EU Affairs

Leida Rijnhout World Fair Trade Organization, Chief Executive

Moderation: Muchaneta Ten Napel, CCI Taskforce (UGIH) Chair, London College of Fashion Associate Lecturer

14:45 - 14:50

Closing Remarks

David Lapof & Ingrid Willems

15:00 - 16:00

Drinks & Networking