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Idea box

Join us

Share your innovative solutions with AkzoNobel right here. The Idea Box makes it easy to connect with us and explore opportunities to collaborate. Why should you submit your solution?

  • Year-round access to experts and top industry leaders
  • Get your innovations to market faster with our validated market entry program
  • Receive a tailored collaboration agreement
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Collaboration areas

We are looking for your solutions in the following areas.

We’re looking for solutions to more efficiently manufacture and deliver paint to our customers and help them improve their paint application process by making it more effective and efficient.


Asset protection
Our customers rely heavily on paint to protect surfaces and products. The expectations are high when it comes to longevity, chemical resistance and the need for predictive maintenance cycles.


Surface enhancement
Paint brings colors and effects to life. We want to bring our customers new ways of extracting more value from surfaces and products by adding new functionalities and/or making them responsive.


Environmental protection
We want to make a significant and long-lasting difference to preserve our planet beyond generations to come by stimulating a circular economy and offering our customers competitive and sustainable solutions without harmful substances.

Your journey

Take the following steps to start your journey
Submit your solution

You will receive feedback within max. 3 months, if positive you will be invited to join our launchpad where we kickstart our collaboration.

Receive feedback
  • Cycle 7: 1 Jan – 31 March 2022
  • Cycle 8: 1 April – 30 June 2022
  • Cycle 9: 1 July – 30 September 2022
  • Cycle 10: 1 Oct –31 December 2022
Join our 2021 launchpad
  • PTF Launchpad: Jan 2022
  • PTF Launchpad: July 2022
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Innovate with us

Paint the Future runs programs with it's ecosystem of startups, suppliers, academia, to source innovation around specific topics. If you have something to share outside of these programs, the Idea Box is the spot to easily connect with us to share your solution.

Our team

Our team
Our team
“In AkzoNobel we are increasingly becoming more and more open to great ideas from around the world and I am very excited to be part of this change!”

Ellie Piper

Open Innovation/Grants & Incentives Lead
"As a former startup founder, still fresh AkzoNobel employee, I’m driven to help startups and scale-ups bring the future to market, together with AkzoNobel’s global ecosystem of people and ideas"

Ally van der Boon

Paint the Future Program Lead and AkzoNobel Startup Liaison
"We are destined to continue the collaborative journey with the 2019 recipients of the Paint the Future awards, but also with many more. This is our way to drive innovation in paints and coatings beyond expectation, imagination and generations"

Klaas Kruithof

AkzoNobel Chief Technology Officer (CTO)