Design the future

Green Concept Award 2023

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Green Concept Award

Do you design the future?

Since 2013, the international Green Concept Award honours visionary design concepts for sustainable products, services and materials that are not (yet) on the market. The award is aimed at young designers, start-ups and established companies.

Participants receive feedback from a jury of experts and nominees benefit from many advantages to take their sustainable projects to the next level. For projects that are already on the market, there is the Green Product Award.

The Green Future Club's Concept Support program in cooperation with the IKEA Stiftung offers support before, during and after submission.


GreenConcept Award 2023


The Green Concept Award is presented in various categories. Click on the category names for more information.

Why participate?

Perspectives & Benefits

The Green Concept Award offers all the advantages of a good award (award in 3 stages - 1. nominees, 2. winners 3. category winners and associated benefits (see list). Especially for young creative minds the participation in the award is of course free of charge.

In addition, the Green Future Club (an association of sustainable industry experts, manufacturers, media representatives, investors,...) together with the IKEA Stiftung supports young designers* (students and graduates) already in the development and elaboration of their sustainable concepts. (see free Green Cells workshops)

Every year, the award team, together with the jurors and members of the club, selects designers from the winners who want to implement their project. They receive special start-up mentoring and a free membership to the Green Future Club.

The club's mission is to help people develop better, sustainable products, so here are three recommendations/hints:

- Participate in the Concept Support program.

- Use the Submission Assistance to prepare.

- Group submissions are welcome.

1. Benefits for all participants

+ Submission check & feedback on main award criteria.

2. Nominee´s Benefits

+ Nominee-Seal with unrestricted advertising rights.
+ PDF Award certificate.
+ Project portrait in the Sustainable Directory.

3. 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.

4. Best of category Benefits

+ Best of category-Seal & PDF Award certificate.
+ Integration in the winner’s marketing campaign.
+ Individual jury quote.
+ Integration in Award press work.
+ Selected projects included upcoming exhibitions.

Green Concept Award

Schedule 2022/2023

February - May Cluster meetings, matchmaking with participants and members of the Green Future Club
14-22 May Special exhibition in Munich in cooperation with the Munich Creative Business Week. Learn more here
18 May 2022 Award Ceremony at ARRI-Kino - as a TOP event of the Munich Creative Business Week, Munich. Register here
July Green Cells Workshops Batch1
30 July Early Bird Submission deadline for Green Concept Award 2023.
August Green Cells Workshops Batch2
30 September Regular Bird Submission deadline
October Green Cells Workshops Batch3
22-30 October Dutch Design Week Exhibition
25 November Final deadline
12 December Winner Announcement

12 Dec - 22 Jan 2023 Audience Awards voting & Jury decision on the Best of the categories.
March 2023 Award Ceremony



Participation & Fees

Participation in the Green Concept Award is free for students and graduate works from 2021! In order to run the Award at a sophisticated level, there are submission fees and a selection fee for established companies. The submission fees will increase to 400€ on 1 July and to 450€ on 1 October. Registration in the system is free of charge. Special rules apply Green Future Club members and this year for design studios in Hispanic countries .

Established companies:
Submission + Selection Package

300 + 1380€

One-time fee


Fees above are stated without VAT.
Start-ups: founded within the last two years and where its turnover is under 2 Million Euros.

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.