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Startup Collaboration Programs

Paint the Future, led by AkzoNobel, is the largest collaborative innovation ecosystem in paints and coatings.
  • Join 3,500+ other innovative minds on our colorful platform
  • Accelerate your solution on a global stage
  • Benefit from a tailored collaboration agreement
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Global startup challenge 2021

Startups are pioneering a world of possibilities in the paints and coatings industry to bring surfaces to life – Paint the Future’s second global startup challenge launched on May 18, 2021. Led by AkzoNobel and powered by thousands of connections around the world, Paint the Future has become the industry’s largest collaborative innovation ecosystem.

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China Startup Challenge 2021

After a successful inaugural global startup challenge in 2019, and a regional edition taking place in Brazil, it was time for China to show what it could do. The first China startup challenge began on March 1, 2021, with startups invited to submit their innovative solutions to one of the three challenge categories to our collaboration platform. Check out the announcement movie on the left.


We’re excited to connect with the innovators behind the world’s coolest and most revolutionary developments.
Paint the Future is open to early stage tech companies around the world. Our collaborative approach puts you in touch with expert advice, resources and connections to help you accelerate, test, launch and scale your ideas. We’ll work on sustainable business opportunities with winners. Let’s team up – combine your ingenious solutions with our resources and expertise.
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