Driven by our core value – sustainable innovation - our Redefining Chemistry Incubation program is organised to provide revolutionary early-stage start-ups with a perfect launch base to build strong foundation for future development. Taking the concepts of circular economy and digitalisation as the main focuses, we have selected disruptive start-ups to participate in our 9-week Venture Essentials Program – the first part of our Incubation program.
The unique Incubation Program took place at Brightlands Chemelot Campus between the 23rd of April and the 29th of June, 2018. The strong ecosystem behind Brightlands reveals much opportunities for the Redefining Chemistry start-ups to connect with corporate partners, research institutes, and leading experts from the industry to find solutions for real-life problems. This program is made possible by strong collaborations between Brightlands Innovation Factory, Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Chemelot Industrial Park and Sitech Services. With those partners, the program has the solid foundations for the start-up to develop their ideas into successful companies.
Meet the disruptive start-ups!
Stirred by the inefficiency in energy consumption of existing cooling technologies, the two pioneers from Germany are developing an adsorptive cooling technology based on MOFs (metal organic frameworks) that enables sustainable and low-cost chilling. This method promises to reduce the overall energy consumption for cooling by up to 50%.
Seaweed is many people’s favourite vegetable. Furthermore, it is increasingly used for many applications such as biomass, animal feed, pharmaceuticals, etc. However, the large-scale production of seaweed is currently impossible.
To tackle this problem, SeaNexus is developing an integrated sea-farming system to boost productivity, resilience, and efficient use of water resources. This system is easy to use, assemble, and deploy.
Many construction materials in the industry are made from thermoplastic, for example PVC. These materials often suffer from premature failure due to mechanical stress, weather and high temperatures. On the other hand, thermoset materials have better properties, yet its current production is very inefficient and too expensive.
Indresmat aims to develop unique thermosetting resins reactive extrusion technology for high performance and sustainable products. Starting with (biobased) polyurethane, Indresmat targets using other thermoset materials to produce construction components.
Guided by the current lack of biobased and recyclable materials in the interior market and the absence of decent tracking system to prove the origin of materials, Ekkehart is developing new bio-composite to create products for the interior market. These bio-composites will consist of natural fibers and recycled plastic. Furthermore, with the use of Blockchain technology, it will be possible to secure the traceability of the materials and prove compliance to the circular economy.
The inefficiency of the current photovoltaic solar solution, in which only 15% of solar energy is converted into electricity, results in high costs per kWh. However, Earth Development is working on a system transferring solar energy into thermal energy, which will increase the efficiency to up to 68%. Later on, the thermal energy is converted into electricity for heating and cooling. As a result, the price per kWh will be lowered.
Water pollution has been one of hottest environmental concerns for a long time, and is gaining more and more momentum every year. Furthermore, the recycling process of plastic waste is malfunctioning due to the dependence on each individual player in the value chain. Waste Free Waters is creating a platform to optimize plastic waste management with traceability and a tokenized reward system using Blockchain technology.
These start-ups are now in their final days of the Venture Essentials Program and will continue the Incubation Program with the Investor Readiness Program. Focussing fully on guiding, supporting and helping the start-ups with writing and managing their funding application for submission to investors/ economic development agencies. This program is executed through a strong collaboration with LIOF/LBDF.
Starting in October 2018, we offer you the second Redefining Chemistry Venture Essentials Program as the first phase of our new Incubation track, focusing on innovations relating to two main aspects: circular economy and digitization of the chemical industry. We believe that our program will help start-ups acquire solid foundations for a validated and scalable business model, followed by a pre-seed funding support and customer launch within our network of world-leading multinationals. For more information about the program, click here.
Furthermore, our Redefining Chemistry pioneers are presenting their final Venture Essential Pitches at the Get Out Of The Building (GOOTB) event on Friday, June 29th. At GOOTB, you will have the chance to attend 42 start-up pitches from different programs: Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence, Redefining Chemistry, Social Entrepreneurs, and alumni from previous programs. Furthermore, the Interactive Market with pop-up talks inspire you throughout the day.But that’s not all!
Inspiring presentations, interactive workshops, and opportunities to meet disruptive and revolutionary entrepreneurs are all parts of our GOOTB event!What are you waiting for?
Register now for our Get Out Of The Building Summer 2018, get your free ticket(s) and attend their presentations.