New Materials for Building a Sustainable World

New Materials for Building a Sustainable World

25 September, Plant One, Rotterdam

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Leveraging the transformative powers of leading startups and established corporates: sustainable food production, circular chemical industry, next generation in energy storage.


11.00 Water-taxi to the Plant One event location (optional)

12.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Opening with keynote speakers William Mc Donough, Founder of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Eva Gladek, Founder and CEO at Metabolic

14.25- 17.20 In Depth 1on1 sessions with the industry

14.15- 15.45 Workshops – Round 1 (choose 1 of 4)

  • Co-operation in the value chain
  • Financing Innovation
  • Business cases in the Value chain
  • Challenges for SME’s

14.15- 15.45 Plant One Innovation tour – Tour 1

17.30-18.00 Orientation 1on1 sessions with the Industry

18.00-18.30 Investor meetings

16.00-17.30 Workshops- Round 2 (choose 1 of 4)

  • Co-operation in the value chain
  • Financing Innovation
  • Business cases in the Value chain
  • Challenges for SME’s

16.00- 17.30 Plant One Innovation tour – Tour 2

17.45- 18.30 Plenary sessions by companies on the event’s themes

18.30- 20.30 Plenary closure – interviews with company CEO’s and CTO’s

19.15- 20.30 Walking Dinner


All Day

14.00- 17.30 Matchmaking Marketplace 



25 September 2017

Rotterdam, Plant One

The best speakers, like:
William McDonough (‘Cradle to Cradle’)


Co-operation in the value chain

(14.15- 15.45 and 16.00-17.30)

AKZO will talk about their experience in co-operation with Startups during the project ‘Imagine Chemistry’. Marco Waas will discuss procedures, culture in the corporate world and about some collaborations with Startups that have turned out to be successful.

Financing Innovation

(14.15- 15.45 and 16.00-17.30)

ChemieLink organizes this workshop together with Business Angels Network. Several business angels and companies will inspire you to get in touch with specialized investors. ChemielLink aims to start a new network where the pair up Startups and Investors in Chemistry and the Biobased Economy.

Business cases in the value chain

(14.15- 15.45 and 16.00-17.30)

ISPT presents an interactive session on how business cases are developed in the value chain, they will be illustrated by several successful examples.

Callenges for SME’s

(14.15- 15.45 and 16.00-17.30)

During this workshop 4 Dutch companies will present their innovations on the theme New Materials. Based on their own practical experiences they will discuss both their successes and failures, they will answer your questions and have a discussion with you.

Our challenges

Challenges by Akzo Nobel

  1. How can you be our co-developer of more sustainable and high performance modified cellulose that replaces oil-based equivalents?
  2. Together we can make sustainable products and affordable for everyone. How can you help us make our surfactants and thickeners become 100% part of the biological lifecycle?

Challenges by Friesland Campina

  1. Friesland Campina wants to retain nutritional quality (minimal processing), while optimizing the preservation strategy and shelf life of the milk streams and guaranteeing food safety real time. Strategies include both novel preservation strategies as well as Smart Factory approaches.
  2. While comparing the composition of milk and the salt amount in our product mix, we observe a milk salt surplus in our product mix as well as separation challenges for the salts in certain streams (whey, whey permeate).
  3. We want to reduce emissions and at the same time increase the animal health and wellness of our cows and farms including manure valorization

Challenge by Corbion

Corbion is strong in developing solutions for a circular economy. By means of fermentation of sugars they produce food ingredients, chemical building blocks and biobased plastics. Because the sugars are renewable, all the products of Corbion follow the biological cycle within the circular economy. Decoupled from fossil, and with a carbon-sink in the sugar feedstock used.

A challenge Corbion is facing is the pick-up of biobased products and plastics in the market. In order to compete to petrochemical plastics, there has to be a buyer preference to choose for biobased plastics. However, for the average consumer it is hard to distinguish biobased from conventional petrochemical plastics, or to grasp the difference between biobased and biodegradable. One way to help this understanding and to introduce biobased plastics in the market is to choose applications where there is really an advantage to use biobased and/or biodegradable plastics (such as food packaging or service-ware). We invite you to find applications where bioplastics can be introduced in the market wisely (no-regret applications), or which help in the consumer awareness of bioplastics, or to find other ways to help kick-start the market for biobased products.

Challenge by DSM

DSM is committed to sustainable food & feed production and to reducing the amount of food that is spoiled before it reaches our plates.  How can we work together to tackle this problem?

DSM develops global solar solutions that enable cost effective sustainable energy production.  Production is only half of the equation, as effective energy storage solutions enable this power to be delivered upon demand.  DSM is looking to leverage its extensive materials know-how to develop the next generation of lithium ion and solid polymer batteries.  How can we work together to make this happen?

The mission of DSM’s Nutrition Improvement Program business is to positively impact public health by developing and implementing effective nutrition solutions and leveraging our expertise and partnerships to reach and serve the 4 billion people at the base of the pyramid


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