DISRUPT-A-THON CHALLENGE: Feb 21st-March 7th, 2014

Please note date changes.


Our apparel industry partners are ready to give you exclusive insights into key challenges across the apparel, textile, and accessories industries. We’re looking for game-changing ideas that have the potential to disrupt these industries. Winners will have the opportunity to commercialize their ideas through Disrupt Unlimited’s 4-month seed accelerator, which offers startups seed funding, experienced advisors, industry-specific mentors, practical workshops, networking opportunities, work space, legal & administrative services, and more.  Do you have what it takes? Compete in-person OR online.


Innovators from every background and every corner of the globe.


  • IN-PERSON: Colombo, Sri Lanka: Because space is limited, participants who plan to attend the challenge in-person in Sri Lanka must apply online by January 24th. In-person participants will be briefed on the challenges and form teams at our local kick-off event on February 21st. In-person teams have the unique opportunity to observe the problem first-hand through factory visits and interviews with our industry partners as they develop their solutions. They will get to pitch their ideas to an expert judging panel on March 10th for a chance to commercialize their ideas through the Disrupt Unlimited seed accelerator.
  • ONLINE COMPETITION: Innovators around the globe can participate remotely in this challenge. In order to participate online, you do not need to apply. Challenges will then be posted to our blog on February 22nd .  To pitch your breakthrough idea, simply fill out an application online between February 28th and April 3rd for a chance to start up through Disrupt Unlimited’s seed accelerator. Stay tuned to this blog for more details!


24 Jan 2014—Deadline to Apply for In-Person Challenge

21 Feb 2014–Disrupt-a-thon Kick-Off  Event (in-person + live stream problem briefings)

22 Feb 2014—Challenges posted on our blog

21 Feb 2014—7 March 2014—Develop solutions

10 March 2014—Pitch day for in-person participants

28 Feb 2014—3 April 2014—Seed Accelerator Worldwide Call for Applications (online application)

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