AkzoNobel Names Startup Challenge Finalists

April 24, 2017
AkzoNobel announces the 20 finalists for its Imagine Chemistry initiative.

AkzoNobel announces the 20 finalists for its Imagine Chemistry initiative, which was launched earlier this year to help solve real-life chemistry-related challenges and to uncover sustainable opportunities for the company's Specialty Chemicals business.

"We've received so many great ideas from all across the globe for novel chemistries and business concepts, ranging from new sources of bio-based products to potential breakthrough ideas for the circular economy," says Peter Nieuwenhuizen, global R&D director for AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals. “We look forward to working with the eventual winners to turn their ideas into a commercial reality with real global impact."

The finalists for the five Imagine Chemistry and two "open challenge" categories are:

Revolutionizing plastics recycling

Adriana Pineda, Cadel Deinking, Spain

Emille Clement, FiliGrade B.V, The Netherlands

Jack Buffington, University of Denver, USA

Wastewater-free chemical sites

Steve Furlong, Drystill, Canada

Steven De Laet, InOpSys, Belgium

Guido Mul, University of Twente – Enschede, The Netherlands

Cellulose-based alternatives to synthetics

Lindy Hensen, PeelPioneers, The Netherlands

Gertjan de Jong, MISCQ, The Netherlands

Andrew Mwangi , Aquabax Enterprises, Kenya

Charles Sanderson, Renmatix, USA

Bio-based and biodegradable surfactants and thickeners

Dan Derr , Logos Technologies, USA

Jeremy Minty, Ecovia Renewables Inc., USA

Ben Dolman, The University of Manchester, UK

Bio-based sources of ethylene and ethylene oxides

Derek Greenfield, Industrial Microbes, USA

William Mackintosh, RISE, Sweden

Highly Reactive Chemistry and Technology

Mark Mascal, University of California Davis, USA

Sustainable alternatives to our current technologies

Sasa Marinic, ANTECY, The Netherlands

Brian Miller, uFraction8, UK

Mark Randall, T2 Energy, USA

Christoph Winkle, University of Graz, Austria

The finalists will now participate in a three-day event starting June 1 at AkzoNobel's research facility in Deventer, the Netherlands, where they will be supported by RD&I and business development experts to further develop their business ideas and concepts.

The challenge, organized in partnership with KPMG, is the latest in a series of efforts by AkzoNobel to focus on open innovation and startup firms. The company recently announced cooperation with start-up organizations Lux Research and Start-up Delta focused on developing new business opportunities stemming from the challenge.

For more information, visit: www.akzonobel.com

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