At the end of the three-day event, the Imagine Chemistry jury will select winners for the 2019 Challenge. They will receive dedicated support from Nouryon 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 Nouryon’s business to help bring their ideas to market.

Research Agreement

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

Unilever Collaboration

As partner of the Imagine Chemistry surfactants challenge, “Sustainable bio-based surfactants for everyone,” Unilever will offer the most promising solution a dedicated Unilever collaboration award. This will be a follow up opportunity to work closely with Unilever experts in the Materials Innovation Factory in Liverpool (UK) to generate a proof of concept with the possibility of running a 3-6 month-long dedicated evaluation project. You will be able to access and collaborate with the Unilever R&D and test facilities, to move your solution to the next phase of development and assess the market potential. This is a critical step towards defining the route to market and realizing the potential of your solution.

Partner Support by Lux Research and ICOS

Several prizes provide dedicated support from our partners. Startup specialists Lux Research provides business development support and ICOS Capital will support you in getting your startup investment-ready.

Chemical Support

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