At Nouryon we believe that fresh perspectives and new insights are essential for our future success. Through Imagine Chemistry, our collaborative innovation program, we work with startups, scale-ups, universities, and other partners in various ways to push the frontiers of sustainable innovation. Since we started Imagine Chemistry in 2017, we have evaluated more than 350 solutions and collaborated with over 20 organizations.

More information about Imagine Chemistry in: Chinese, Portuguese, and German.

How does it work?

For two months, you are invited to submit ideas related to specific challenge areas via our open innovation platform. On the platform, our experts will work with you to improve upon your solution and explore potential fits with Nouryon. The 20 teams with the most promising submissions are invited to a three-day finals event where you will work with Nouryon subject matter experts and business leaders to further develop a joint go-to-market strategy. Ultimately winners are chosen to continue to work with Nouryon to move their ideas towards commercialization.

You can find more details on the 2019 Challenge here.


Who can participate?

We are focused on organizations, such as startups, scale-ups, suppliers, and research groups, who have a proof of concept which could be a solution for one of our business challenges.

However, everyone is welcome to join our community and, where relevant,  submit their idea via our collaborative innovation platform. By joining you will have access to premium content, such as webinars and exclusive updates, and you can also meet like-minded organizations with whom to network, share ideas, and potentially do business.

What’s in it for me?

Simple: the opportunity to work with us as equal partners to bring your ideas to market. With over 80 sites worldwide and a strong heritage of chemistry expertise, Nouryon can provide you with the means to give your ideas global impact. Our collaboration could take on many forms and we will work with each winning team to identify the best path for their project. Find out more about the support we offer.

We respect ownership of intellectual property rights. You can read about our approach to intellectual property here.

Ready to join?

Go to our collaborative innovation platform to join our community and submit your idea.


About Nouryon

Industries worldwide rely on our essential chemistry in the manufacture of everyday products such as paper, plastics, building materials, and personal care items. Building on the dedication of our employees and our shared commitment to safety, sustainability, and open innovation, we have established a world-class business and built strong partnerships with our customers. We operate in over 80 countries around the world and our portfolio of industry leading brands includes Eka, Dissolvine, Trigonox, and Berol.