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.
- Jeremy Minty and Andrew Hertig, Ecovia, USA
BioGel(TM) polyglutamic acid: a sustainable alternative to polyacrylates
- Noah Helman, Industrial Microbes, USA
Biocatalysis of ethylene to ethylene oxide
- Charles Sanderson and Jeremy Austin, Renmatix, USA
Soluble and insoluble cellulose oligomers from supercritical water hydrolysis
Research Agreement with AkzoNobel
One team is offered a long-term agreement by AkzoNobel to provide expertise and support further development of their idea.
- Brian Miller and Monika Tomecka, uFraction8, UK
Scalable, low-cost, post-bioreactor dewatering
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.
- Steven de Laet and Kwinten van Eyck, InOpSys, Belgium
On-site treatment of waste water
Partner Support by Lux Research
One team will received dedicated support from start-up specialists Lux Research, focused on business development.
- Dan Derr and John Abernathy, Logos Technologies, USA
Natural biosurfactants from fermentation
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.
- Wim Nijhof and Johan Kerver, FiliGrade B.V., The Netherlands
Interactive watermarks for plastic products
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.
- Mark Mascal and Nema Hafezi, University of California, USA
A green alternative to wood pulping using highly reactive chemistry
- Liuba Dominguez Chabalina and Pablo Cartagena, CADEL DEINKING, Spain
Waste-based recycling technology for plastics
- Gertjan de Jong, Hein van Elderen and John Erdhardt, MISCQ (Part of Miscanthus group), The Netherlands
Miscanthus grass as a sustainable source of cellulose