St John’s Innovation Centre based Archipelago Technology has been selected to take part in AkzoNobel’s Paint the Future start-up challenge.


Archipelago Technology is on a shortlist of 21 start-ups from around the world who are one step closer to accelerating their innovative solutions for the paints and coatings industry after being invited to take part in AkzoNobel’s Paint the Future event.

Being held in Amsterdam from May 14 to 16, the event – hosted by AkzoNobel and challenge partner KPMG – will give participants the chance to collaborate with industry experts and further their solutions. The ultimate goal is to partner with AkzoNobel on sustainable business opportunities.

“We were ecstatic to receive a total of 160 submissions and build an incredible innovation ecosystem” says Klaas Kruithof, AkzoNobel’s Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Paint the Future jury. “It’s the kind of collaboration that’s going to take us beyond what we previously thought possible. Now we’re looking forward to exploring the selected 21 opportunities in more detail at what will be an exciting accelerator event when we get together in Amsterdam.”