Partners

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Unilever

Partner for “Sustainable bio-based surfactants for everyone” challenge

What is your company about?

Unilever’s purpose is to make sustainable living commonplace. Unilever is continuously developing new business practices that grow both our company and communities. Meeting people’s ever-increasing desire for more sustainable products and creating a brighter future for everyone is key.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

Unilever has a policy of Open Innovation, especially with regard to challenges that cannot be solved in isolation. Unilever partners with leading academics and large and small enterprises to accelerate the delivery of the best technologies in our products to market. This initiative is an exciting way to explore the emerging technology base in the sector and to consider how a sustainable business opportunity can be developed for both societal and environmental impact.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Don’t be fixed on the comparison of new, early stage technology with existing products / materials today. Show the potential and possibility of what the new technology can bring (benefit and functionality) in itself. If this is really differentiating, then formulations and business approaches can be considered to try and realize the potential.

For more on Unilever, visit their website: https://www.unilever.com/

High-Tech Gründerfonds

What is your company about?

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) is Europe’s most active and leading seed stage investor for highly innovative technologies. HTGF currently invests from a EUR 300 million-plus fund in startups across different technological sectors, ranging from hardware/automation/industrial tech and life science/chemistry to digital solutions. In the last 11 years, about 500 startups have received investments from HTGF, of which about one third belong to the life science/chemistry sector.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

We are excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry because we are big believers in open challenge platforms for innovation. We believe that this shift in mentality and open-mindedness is the future of the chemical sector.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Take advantage of the opportunity to connect with many partners as possible in order to get as much external feedback as early on as you can.

For more on High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF), visit their website: https://high-tech-gruenderfonds.de/en/

S/park

What is your company about?

We are an open innovation center located at Nouryon’s site in Deventer, the Netherlands. S/park aims to be a breeding ground for open innovation in highly reactive chemistry and technology. We offer unique knowledge and facilities to startups, students and companies.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

As a center that stimulates open innovation, we think it’s very important to bring people and companies together so both sides can learn from each other and innovate together. There is a lot of knowledge available in the world — you just need a way to access it. S/park and Imagine Chemistry both want to use this knowledge to bring innovative chemical ideas to the market and create a sustainable way of living.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Being innovative is important — without innovations, companies will not continue. But as a company, you should always meet the needs of your customers. Make sure you innovate to meet these needs and not solely to keep innovating.

For more on S/park visit their website: https://www.sparkdeventer.nl/

GC3

What is your organization about?

The Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) is a multi-stakeholder collaboration that drives the commercial adoption of green chemistry by catalyzing and guiding action across all industries, sectors and supply chains.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

Imagine Chemistry is a powerful platform for advancing green chemistry innovation; they’re a critical enabler of sustainability. This initiative is highly synergistic with the GC3’s mission, complementing several of our strategic initiatives. Imagine Chemistry will provide our GC3 Startup Network members with opportunities to gain visibility, feedback and support from a broader community to advance their development and commercialization efforts. It will also provide our larger GC3 companies opportunities to discover technology advances for their technology scouting programs at an early stage.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

It is not enough simply to be “greener” or “more sustainable”. Your technology must fill a need in the marketplace or provide superior performance and be cost-competitive. To ensure this, get input early and often from potential development partners and end use customers.

For more on Green Chemistry & Commerce Council (GC3) visit their website: https://greenchemistryandcommerce.org/

Icos Capital

What is your company about?

Icos Capital is a technology venture capital company. We invest in chemistry and industrial digitization innovations. Together with corporate partners, we analyze the best startup and scale-up ideas. If we believe the idea is sound, the team is great and the opportunity is large, we invest and do everything we can to make it highly successful.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

Imagine Chemistry brings together exciting new ideas from entrepreneurs and scientists with experts from the chemical industry who know what it takes to have a brilliant idea implemented in an industrial setting. Here, the best ideas are tested for implementation and real advantages in the industry. If the click is there, the rest is only hard work…

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Focus on solving a real problem, something the industry is crying for. Once you have identified that problem, source as many experts as possible to help you solve the problem, because bringing innovations to real-life implementation is one of the most challenging things in life; you certainly cannot do it alone.

For more on Icos Capital visit their website: http://www.icoscapital.com/

Lux Research

What is your company about?

Lux Research is a leading provider of tech-enabled research and advisory solutions, helping clients drive growth through technology innovation. A pioneer in the research industry, Lux uniquely combines technical expertise and business insights with a proprietary intelligence platform, using advanced analytics and data science to surface true leading indicators. With quality data derived from primary research, fact-based analyses, and opinions that challenge traditional thinking, Lux clients are empowered to make more informed decisions today to ensure future success.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

Nouryon demonstrates best-in-class practices of engaging with outside innovative ideas through Imagine Chemistry. Startups and academics can collaborate with Nouryon to work on the best chemistry innovation ideas that contribute to solving the world’s most urgent challenges. At Lux Research, we believe science and technology innovation play crucial roles in making the world a more sustainable and liveable place, and we are delighted to be a partner of Imagine Chemistry.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Make sure you know what makes your idea the BEST idea, but also be aware of the gaps you need to address. Imagine Chemistry is a place where you can get the best available help on every aspect of your idea, and you should prepare to use it all.

For more on Lux Research visit their website: http://www.luxresearchinc.com/

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

What is your organization about?

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) connects people to accelerate innovation.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

KTN is pleased to be the UK partner in this competition because it provides a unique opportunity for university spin-outs, startups and SMEs to engage with - and learn from - a global company that has the ability to bring innovations to market. We have been really happy to connect a number of companies to the Imagine Chemistry Competition in 2017 and 2018, and we look forward to further success in 2019!

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Taking any innovation through to commercialization is a tough and long journey. To give yourself the best chance of success, you should engage with KTN early to help us get you 'investor-ready'!

For more on Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) visit their website: https://ktn-uk.co.uk/news/creating-a-more-sustainable-future-through-chemistry

StartupDelta

What is your organization about?

With our unique connection to all layers of government, corporations and the main innovation hubs, StartupDelta aim to merge the Dutch startup ecosystem into one single connected hub.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

Imagine Chemistry enables fast validation, offers first hand market knowledge and opens up scale up potential for startups.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Fail, learn, grow


Enterprise Europe Network

What is your organization about?

The Enterprise Europe Network is an initiative of the European Commission and helps businesses to innovate and grow on an international scale. It is the world’s largest support network for small and medium-sized enterprises with international ambitions, active in more than 60 countries worldwide and bringing together 3000 experts from over 600 member organizations renowned for their excellence in business support. The Sector Groups serve some of Europe's most important sectors, such as Biotechnology, Chemistry, Health, and Micro-Nanotechnology, offering comprehensive and high quality European knowledge transfer, information, and business support service for organizations, particularly SMEs, with a view to increasing their competitiveness and promoting their overall economic growth.

Why are you excited to partner with Imagine Chemistry?

We believe in the human capital of innovation and that it is people who create, not businesses or organizations. The Imagine Chemistry open innovation platform offers inspiring opportunities for innovative and creative people to share their ideas and vision. Since large multinationals usually keep their innovation process behind closed doors, Imagine Chemistry can be regarded as both "gutsy and vulnerable" at the same time, which is to our opinion a most beautiful progressive model.

If you had to give our participants one tip, what would it be?

Think less technology push and more market/society pull. Be aware that you operate at the beginning of the value chain. When discussing your proposition with your potential partner, put yourself in their position, trying to understand the dynamics of feasibility, economics, and global environmental and social needs. Listen and be enriched by visions from others. Be strong by being vulnerable. It will pay out.

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