European Year for Development

European Year for Development


INDEX: Design to Improve Life®

INDEX: Design to Improve Life® is a Danish NPO with global reach. We Inspire, Educate and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges. INDEX: Design to Improve Life® hosts the world's biggest design price, INDEX: Award.

About us

We Inspire by showing people how their personal lives and the lives of people around them can be improved by Design to Improve Life. We do this through INDEX: Award, the biggest design award in the world, worth €500.000 and widely recognized as the most important design award in the world. INDEX: Award showcases the positive outcome and effect of the world’s best examples of Design to Improve Life addressing important issues such as clean water, education, energy production, overpopulation, elderly care, etc.

We Educate by using real-life challenges as learning resources in schools and the talents of school as a resource for society. We do this through Design to Improve Life Education, where we put structured creativity on the learning agenda and educate students, teachers, educators and decision makers to create sustainable solutions through a certified education curriculum and design competitions.

We Engage by using our Design to Improve Life Investment program, working as a connector between designers and investors – helping them realize sustainable design with the potential to solve global challenges. Our aim with the program is to bring as many Design to Improve Life solutions as possible to their full potential, in order to foster positive impact in the world. And just now we are founding an investment fund of EUR 40 million named Danish Ventures - Investing in Design to Improve Life. All investments are targeting the designs, that are nominated to the INDEX: Award.

Frederiksholms Kanal 30 Frederiksholms Kanal 30, 1220, Copenhagen, Denmark
Frederiksholms Kanal 30
1220 Copenhagen