Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals) has been recognised by European start-ups for its collaboration efforts under the Imagine Chemistry innovation programme.
The European Commission’s Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) initiative nominated the most active corporate firms in open innovation.
The ‘SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars 2018’ lauded 36 companies and Nouryon was the only chemical firm in the ranking.
“At Nouryon, we recognise that much of the world’s innovation capability is outside our company.
"We want to tap into that potential and to see where we can work as equal partner and turn innovative ideas into reality,” said Peter Nieuwenhuizen, the company’s Chief Technology Officer.
“We invest in collaborative innovation to drive growth and create sustainable solutions for our customers.
"One of the key ways that we execute this is via our Imagine Chemistry programme, which we launched in 2017.
"We are, therefore, proud to be recognised for how we work with start-ups to solve specific problems – be it something our customers or we ourselves have identified – through the challenge-based approach of Imagine Chemistry.”
The ‘SEP Europe’s Corporate Startup Stars 2018’ ranking was produced by open innovation advisory firmMind the Bridge and innovation foundation Nesta.