GLOBAL STARTUP CHALLENGE 2019

AkzoNobel’s first Paint the Future global startup challenge was live from January to March 2019. From the 160 startups that submitted their solutions, 21 participants were selected for our three-day accelerator event in Amsterdam. In the end, six were chosen to formally continue their journey with AkzoNobel and partner KPMG.

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ABOUT THE CHALLENGES

How can your technology or ingredients bring new and important functionality to the paint and coatings business?

SMART APPLICATION

How could your solution change or improve the way customers apply our products?

 

CIRCULAR SOLUTIONS

How would your solution enable circular use of materials at any point in our value chain?

 

ENHANCED FUNCTIONALITY

What exciting new functionality can your technology offer to make coatings cleaner, more responsive or adaptive?

 

LIFE SCIENCE INFUSION

How can your solution, containing bio-active technology, help bring better performance or innovative features to our coatings?

 

PREDICTABLE PERFORMANCE

How can we collect and augment data more innovatively to make predictions for real world surface performance more accurate?

 

 

 

HOW DID IT WORK? 

We invited startups to submit solutions related to specific challenge areas via our collaborative platform from January to March 2019. Our experts collaborated with the startups on the platform to improve their solutions and explore the potential to collaborate. The 21 teams with the most promising submissions were invited to a three-day collaborative event with experts and business leaders. We’re now working together with the winners on sustainable business opportunities.

For all other participants, the journey also continues. Startups on the platform are still in touch with dedicated experts of AkzoNobel to accelerate their solutions and explore mutual opportunities.

WHAT’S NEXT? 

Since that first big step we took in 2019, launching a successful industry-first global startup challenge, we’re now growing to welcome suppliers, academia and customers into the Paint the Future innovation ecosystem. Find out more below.