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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. Let’s team up – combine your ingenious solutions with our resources and expertise. Signup here.

How do I register for Paint The Future?

On January 8, 2019, we launched our collaboration platform, where you can submit your idea and engage in discussion with our experts and the community. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at: letspaintthefuture@akoznobel.com.

What are the criteria for entering the startup challenge?

We have five challenge areas that we need your help in. The criteria for each challenge area are described here.

What does it cost to register?

It’s free of charge to participate! We want to get to know you and your idea better to see if we could join forces to do something great. Let’s inspire each other!

What's in it for me?

This is your chance to use the vast knowledge and experience of AkzoNobel’s experts to grow and accelerate your startup solution! In our colourful ecosystem, we will explore joint development opportunities that benefit us both. The prize for the final winners is working with AkzoNobel in sustainable business opportunities. This is going to be a journey to remember – so make sure you submit your solution! We look forward to collaborating with you.

Can I register with more than one solution, or enter more than one challenge?

Yes, and yes! If your solutions answer our challenge areas and match the challenge criteria, please share all of them with us. We can’t wait to hear more about them!

When and where will the selection take place?

The selection will take place online. If you are one of the selected finalists, you will be invited to the event in Amsterdam May 14 to 16, 2019.

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 connect with the world’s innovators and entrepreneurs, working together to accelerate innovation in the paints and coatings industry.

Our collaborative approach puts expert advice, resources and connections in touch with early stage tech companies accelerate, test, launch and scale their ideas. And in the end, we will work with winners on sustainable business opportunities. So, there’s a lot to gain by joining forces – let’s stir things up! Signup here.

What can I do if I don’t have a solution, but I still want to participate?

We welcome your participation on the platform as an expert. For more information, contact us at letspaintthefuture@akoznobel.com

What is the registration deadline?

The platform will close to new submissions March 1, 2019. Make sure you mark that day in your calendar and submit your solution before then!