Apellix and SAS Nanotechnologies LLC have been awarded joint-project agreements to collaborate with AzkzoNobel as part of the Paint the Future challenge. According to the company, AkzoNobel will work with Apellix on sustainable business opportunities for its autonomous drone that cleans and coats surfaces and will collaborate with SAS Nanotechnologies on its self-healing microcapsules as anti-corrosive pigment.
“We’re very excited to continue our collaborative journey with the recipients of the Paint the Future awards, including Apellix and SAS Nanotechnologies,” said Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s chief technology officer and chairman of the Paint the Future jury. “Together, we’re going to drive innovation in paints and coatings beyond expectation, imagination and generations. With the power of an entire ecosystem behind us, big things are on the horizon.
Several other startups – Alucha Recycling Technologies (Netherlands), Interface Polymers (UK), and QLayers (Netherlands) – were rewarded with a Paint the Future Award, while Octo (Netherlands) took home the KPMG Scale-up Award. The partnerships with Apellix and SAS Nanotechnologies LLC represent the first collaborations to emerge from AkzoNobel’s new Paint the Future innovation ecosystem.
The challenge, run in partnership with KPMG, received 160 total submissions from around the world. Of those, 21 startups were invited to Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to accelerate their solutions before making their final pitch to the jury. All challenge participants gained access to industry knowledge, expertise and contacts that will help them further their ideas, AkzoNobel stated.