Paint the future

The AkzoNobel Logo startup challenge
Let's accelerate innovation in paints and coatings – and change the world together.
  • Access 100+ experts on our online platform!
  • Get flown in to Amsterdam for our three-day accelerator program
  • Attend 16+ expert sessions
  • Take our worldwide stage to present your business
  • Receive a tailored collaboration agreement
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The winners

It’s a wrap on our industry-first challenge! We’re thrilled to recognize six startups with Paint the Future awards:

Closed for submissions

We are closed for submissions for our 2019 challenge. From 160 submissions, 21 participants were selected for our three-day accelerator event May 14 to 16 in Amsterdam. From there, six were chosen to formally continue their journey with AkzoNobel and partner KPMG.

Meet our jury

Meet the members of our 2019 Paint the Future jury.
Klaas Kruithof
Chair of the Jury, CTO, AkzoNobel
David Menko
Global Head of Marketing Paints, AkzoNobel
Daniela Vlad
Business Unit Leader, Powder Coatings, AkzoNobel

Challenges 2019 timeline

Here’s a quick look at the adventure.

Submission phase
Solutions submitted and enriched online
January 8 to March 8
  • Join our online platform to start submitting, discussing and enriching ideas
  • Experts work with you to enrich your ideas
Enrichment phase
Solutions enriched online
March 8 to March 13
  • We close to new submissions, but community enrichment of solutions continues
Feedback & Finalist Selection
Solutions enriched online
  • Solutions are evaluated and receive online feedback
  • Selected participants will be invited to join the accelerator program
Accelerator Program
Collaborative event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
May 14 to 16
  • Selected participants work with domain experts to bring solutions to the next level
  • The most promising solutions are offered joint development agreements
Acceleration Phase
Accelerating your solution with experts
From June onward
  • AkzoNobel and partners provide guidance in this process
  • Scaling of the solution and possible implementation
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"The future's a blank canvas – this is an exciting opportunity to help us paint it."
Klaas Kruithof
Chief Technology Officer, AkzoNobel

European Coatings Show

Nuremberg (DE)
Trends and technologies covering all aspects of the production of paints, coatings, sealants, construction chemicals and adhesives.

TNW 2019

Amsterdam (NL)
A technology festival where international technology executives, top-tier investors and promising startups collide. For two days of business and knowledge sharing.

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