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What is Paint The Future?

Paint the Future is the AkzoNobel startup challenge. Open to startups, scale-ups, early stage tech companies and institutes around the world, our collaborative approach puts the world’s coolest innovators in touch with expert advice, resources and connections to help accelerate, test, launch and scale ideas. Combining ingenious solutions with our resources and expertise. The 2019 edition is now closed to new submissions, but it’s not over yet! You can still register for the platform to browse the submissions and comments, and keep in touch for the announcement of the winners. Follow the journey by signing up here.

How do I register for Paint The Future?

The 2019 edition is now closed to new submissions, but it’s not over yet! You can still register for the platform to browse the submissions and comments, and keep in touch as the journey continues. Register here.

If you have a solution outside the scope of Paint the Future, please visit:https://www.akzonobel.com/en/about-us/openinnovation/what-we-are-looking

What challenges are we trying to solve in the 2019 edition of Paint the Future?

The criteria for the 2019 challenge areas are described here.

What are the benefits of participating in Paint the Future?

Paint the Future is a chance to use the vast knowledge and experience of AkzoNobel’s experts to grow and accelerate startup solutions. Our diverse and highly knowledgeable community will collaborate and explore joint development opportunities that benefit startups and AkzoNobel – as well as our customers and all the people who will benefit from the resulting solutions. The prize for the final winners is working with AkzoNobel in sustainable business opportunities.

How and when will winners be determined?

The selection of Paint the Future finalists will take place online. All submissions will be evaluated by the Challenge Teams and receive feedback from AkzoNobel experts. If you are one of the selected finalists, you will be invited to the three-day acceleration program and finals event in Amsterdam May 14 to 16, 2019. The Paint the Future jury will make their selection of winners at the end of that event.

Why are you doing this startup challenge?

We are passionate about paint, and making life better for our customers and the whole world. AkzoNobel has already done some cool things, but we know the future of innovation lies in collaboration – with people just like you! We are excited to be connecting with the world’s innovators and entrepreneurs in a fresh way – to accelerate innovation in the paints and coatings industry together. Our collaborative approach puts expert advice, resources and connections in touch with early stage tech companies to accelerate, test, launch and scale their ideas. The 2019 edition is now closed to new submissions, but you can still register for the platform to browse the submissions and comments, and keep in touch for the announcement of the winners. Follow the journey by signing up here.

Where can I find out more information about the Paint the Future startup challenge?

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: letspaintthefuture@akoznobel.com