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The Paint the Future Accelerator program is designed to strengthen our collaborative innovation programs by connecting selected startups to AkzoNobels’ global network of people and resources. During a period of up to six months, we work intensively with the startups to validate how we can work together and to develop an investible case that delivers value to all parties.

The Paint the Future Accelerator offers:

  • A tailored program to accelerate collaboration between AkzoNobel and the startup
  • A dedicated AkzoNobel intrapreneur who will lead the collaborative project and provide access to a global network of our experts
  • The opportunity to showcase the results during a Demo Day that will shape the future collaboration

Success cases of Paint The Future


Scoping phase
Two months
Getting ready for the Accelerator kick-off
  • Startups selected during the collaboration event will receive a letter of intent
  • We will set a Demo Day goal to showcase the results of the accelerator and outline the resources required
  • Get connected to your experienced intrapreneur and meet the team that will embark on this journey with you
End of the second month
Startups begin their program and receive hands-on mentorship from industry experts
  • Together, create a detailed plan on how you’ll deliver the Demo Day goal
  • Strengthen your startup’s foundation by joining workshops and masterclasses
Four months
Work towards the Demo Day goal
  • Identify the needs to accelerate the development of your startups’ offerings
  • Receive tailored support and get access to AkzoNobels’ resources to advance your solution
End of the sixth month
Startups take the spotlight to showcase the accelerator results
  • Opportunity to pitch to a broad audience of AkzoNobel stakeholders
  • Decide if and how we can collaborate to bring to market and scale the solution
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Want to know what it is really like to work with us? In this video startup founders share what made the experience so transformative for their companies

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"Creating an environment where solutions can connect is essential to shape a sustainable future. Let’s Paint the Future together and boost collective intelligence"

Camila de Lima Castro

Project Lead & Coach Innovation Group at AkzoNobel
"With our Paint the Future initiative we have established ourselves as the go-to partner for collaborative innovation. The expanding networks will be pivotal as we take on the challenge of cutting our carbon emissions in half by 2030"

David Williams

Chief Innovation Officer at AkzoNobel