This year Akzo Nobel launched the first global innovation challenge for startups in chemistry. Through a competition called “Imagine Chemistry” Akzo is trying to accelerate the commercialization of important new ideas from around the world. On April 5, 2017 Program Manager Rinske van Heiningen announced that Drystill has been selected as one of ten finalists. She wrote:
“We received over 200 submissions for more sustainable chemistry, which we have carefully reviewed with our team of researchers. We believe your solution ‘Drystill & Pass-through distillation: Improving the operating costs and carbon footprint of waste water concentration’ holds great potential and we are honoured to invite you to the finals, taking place in Deventer, The Netherlands from 1-3 June 2017. At the event, we will work together to further build on your idea during the workshops.
During the three-day event you will get personal feedback from our experts and AkzoNobel decision makers. The team will consist of senior level management, such as chief procurement officers, finance directors, operations managers, sales & marketing directors, R&D directors, etc. The composition of the team may vary depending on the phase and specifics of your startup. With this feedback, as well as the challenges/hurdles you perceive yourself, you will work in small teams over several rounds to further develop your concept. At the end of the event, the winners will be announced.”