Akzo Nobel Specialty Chemicals has announced the challenges for its latest Imagine Chemistry program.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — First launched in 2017, Imagine Chemistry is an opportunity for start-up and scale-up firms and researchers to solve real industry challenges and create sustainable business opportunities in chemistry. The overall winners will be awarded joint development agreements with Akzo Nobel to help bring their ideas to market.
Imagine Chemistry is characterized by its collaborative approach — all participants obtain tailored feedback from a range of company experts throughout the challenge to improve their solutions. The challenge is organized along with KPMG's innovation team, and is supported by ICOS capital fund and Lux Research. In addition, Chalmers University of Technology from Sweden has joined as a partner and will host the finals of the 2018 edition.
The 2018 edition calls for solutions within the following six areas:
• Sustainable small particle technologies
• Wastewater-free chemical sites
• Intelligent chemical plants
• Revolutionizing chlorate production
• Sustainable powder technologies
• Zero footprint surfactant platforms
Participants can submit their ideas via a dedicated online community, where they receive feedback and suggestions from experts throughout the submission phase. In June 2018, 20 finalists will be invited to an intensive three-day event at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, where they will work with experts in finance and research to further develop their ideas.