At the end of the three-day event, the Imagine Chemistry jury will select winners for the 2018 Challenge. They will receive dedicated support from AkzoNobel and partners to realize their ideas. Each prize is different and customized to best fit the needs of a particular startup to help give their idea global impact. Below you will find a brief description of the prizes expected to be awarded.

Joint Development Agreements

As top prize, one or more startups will be awarded joint development agreements with AkzoNobel’s Specialty Chemicals business to help bring their ideas to market.

Research Agreement

One or more startups will be offered a long-term agreement by AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals to provide expertise and support further development of their idea.

Partner Support by Lux Research, ICOS and KPMG

Several prizes provide dedicated support from our partners. Startup specialists Lux Research provides business development support, the innovation team of KPMG will help you further define your business case and route to market and ICOS Capital will support you in getting your startup investment-ready.

Chemical Support

Up to 80 hours of support from AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals experts and access to our research equipment to solve key challenges and bring your ideas to the next level.


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