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Share your innovative solutions with AkzoNobel. Whether you are a start-up, scale-up, existing supplier, customer or researcher, if you have an innovative solution that you want to further develop with AkzoNobel, our Paint the Future open innovation platform is the place to connect.

We are especially interested in innovations that could push us one step closer to achieving our 2030 sustainability ambitions. Log in to our platform to connect with us and explore opportunities to work together!

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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Innovation 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.

Carbon reduction
We’ve set science-based sustainability targets to reduce carbon emissions across our value chain by 50% (baseline 2018). Achieving this relies heavily on our collaboration with value chain partners.

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 at AkzoNobel
"Fantastic to see what we can do when we bring different people together. Looking forward to broadening our ecosystem with other groups of great minds and see how this journey continues to stir up the industry"

Monique de Graaf

Paint the Future project lead 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
“Achieving our ambitious sustainability targets requires the whole ecosystem to work together to innovate and find new ways of doing things”

Wijnand Bruinsma

Director of Sustainability at AkzoNobel
"Connecting people, technology and creativity are the key ingredients for sustainable innovation and something that I have been doing for different industries. Paint the Future oozes this vision where the goal is to accelerate innovative solutions for our industry."

Mignon d'Arnaud

Paint the Future program manager at AkzoNobel