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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


We’re excited to connect with the innovators behind the world’s coolest and most revolutionary developments.
Paint the Future is open to partners 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 solutions. 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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Global Startup Challenge 2022

The Paint the Future global startup challenge has invited 11 finalists to take part in a three-day bootcamp taking place in Amsterdam. The startups and AkzoNobel experts met face-to-face to explore potential collaborations together.

China startup challenge 2021

China’s startup challenge attracted 210 proposals in the areas of Smart supply chain, Digital customer experience and Towards zero waste. Four startups stood out with eye-opening proposals and have now been invited to collaborate with AkzoNobel on sustainable business opportunities:

  • Mech-Mind, AI+3D vision robotic solutions provider
  • Corpt,recyclable packaging solutions provider
  • Ginet, inorganic non-metal powder solutions provider
  • Archifiction, new digital 3D spatial platform creator for immersive virtual reality
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