Winners Imagine Chemistry 2017

In June 2017, we invited 20 start-ups from more than 200 submissions to attend our final event in the Netherlands. Over the course of two days, more than 90 experts from AkzoNobel and partner organizations including KPMG and Lux Research worked with the start-ups to further develop their ideas and define a clear route to market. Finally, the Imagine Chemistry jury selected 10 winners for the 2017 Challenge, who will receive additional support to realize their ideas for creating a more sustainable world through chemistry.


Joint Development Agreements

Three overall winners have been awarded joint development agreements with AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business to help bring their ideas to market.

Research Agreement with AkzoNobel

One team is offered a long-term agreement by AkzoNobel to provide expertise and support further development of their idea.

Rent Voucher for the Deventer Open Innovation Center

One project will be able to conduct research at the Deventer Open Innovation Center rent-free for six months.

Partner Support by Lux Research

One team will received dedicated support from start-up specialists Lux Research, focused on business development.

Partner Support by ICOS and KPMG

One team will receive dedicated support from start-up specialists ICOS Research and the innovation team of KPMG, to further refine their business case and route to market.

Chemical Research Support

Three teams will receive up to 80 hours of support from AkzoNobel experts and access to our research equipment to solve key challenges and bring their ideas to the next level.