Imagine Chemistry 2019

Launch date and challenges announced

The 2019 challenge officially launches on January 8th, 2019, but as of today you can find out about the new challenges and start submitting your ideas to our online challenge platform. Read on to find out more!

At Nouryon, we are looking for ways to create a more sustainable future through chemistry, and we believe that collaboration will be key to achieving this goal. Through our Imagine Chemistry program, we invite startups, scale-ups, researchers, and other organizations to work with us as equal partners to tackle some of our most urgent chemistry-related challenges and turn their innovative ideas into reality.


How does it work?

From January 8th through March 8th, 2019 our teams of Nouryon experts will work with everyone who submits an idea through our platform to understand their idea, suggest improvements, and explore potential fits with our business. At the end of this two-month period, a jury of Nouryon business and R&D leaders and external experts will select the 20 most promising ideas to participate in a three-day event from May 21st to May 24th in Deventer, the Netherlands.

During the event finalists will work with subject matter experts from Nouryon and our partners in R&D, finance, startups, Open Innovation, and marketing, as well as senior management and potential investors, to further develop their ideas and proposal. At the end of the event winners will be announced. Winning teams will be awarded with the custom support they need to bring their ideas to market.

Our 2019 business challenges

For the 2019 edition of Imagine Chemistry we are looking for solutions in the following areas:

Sustainable bio-based surfactants for everyone

How can we together make 100% bio-based and zero-hazard surfactants accessible worldwide?

Sensing in demanding chemical environments

Will your innovative sensing solution help our demanding chemical processes approach 100% resource efficiency?

Performance-boosting nano particles

Do you have a small particle solution to enhance the performance of our customers’ products?

Open idea challenge: Pushing the frontiers of sustainable innovation

Do you have an innovative idea on how to build a sustainable future together?

Why join?

A year’s worth of meetings in three days

During the finals event, you get the chance to meet subject matter experts from across the value chain, all in one place in just three days, so you can save months of time and effort and quickly get the feedback you need to move forward.

Expert advice

Nouryon subject matter experts will give feedback on all ideas submitted. During the three-day event finalists will work with subject matter experts from Nouryon and our partners to further define your route to market.

Route to market

Our goal is to innovate together and bring great ideas to market. This collaboration could take on many forms, for example a joint development agreement or having Nouryon as a launching customer.

Partnership & shared IP

We respect ownership of IP rights: your IP remains yours; ours remains ours. What we create together during the event will be our joint IP.

Join the challenge

To find out more about the 2019 challenge and to submit your idea, visit our challenge platform.