Solvay Stand Up for Start-Ups accelerates innovation

Solvay recently hosted a business acceleration event for startups funded by the European Innovation Council (EIC) to span the impact of innovation in advanced materials and composite for innovative solutions in next generation mobility and consumer goods.

Stand Up for Start-Ups event connected with small and medium sized companies working on breakthrough innovations in the fields of additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing and polymer-based lightweight materials, composites and polymers (part prototyping, virtual engineering, advanced mechanical testing), as well as smart functional polymeric materials like self-healing or electroactive.

As Stéphane Roussel, Solvay Ventures Managing Director presented:

“Open innovation is all about finding mutual interest to work together. A well-defined purpose and clarified roles and responsibilities are key conditions to success. On one side: size, scale, credibility; On the other:  agility, creativity, and speed. The combination has the potential to move mountains.”


One day, innovation all in one place

Reflective of the Solvay approach to constantly leverage innovative solutions in next generation mobility and resource efficiency, 19 startups and innovation entrepreneurs had the chance to showcase their innovations and engage in one-to-one meetings with Solvay managers, venture capital investors and representatives from other large corporations such as L’Oréal and Safran among the other.

A full day dedicated to revolutionary ambition for innovation, the very same at the hearth of Solvay since its origins.

As Jean Marie Solvay, Solvay Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Innovation Board said:

"Solvay was a start-up 150 ago. It’s a fundamental event for open innovation, not just for potential projects but to re-energize the best mindset to be successful.”

Innovation, our long-lasting commitment

In the last 12 years, Solvay has actively collaborated with startups globally to accelerate innovation.

With Stand Up for Start-ups joined forces with the European Innovation Council pilot serves to connect all in one place innovative envisions for groundbreaking solutions in fast-places industries.

The principles of Open Innovation underlined by Solvay, are aligned with one of the objectives of the EIC pilot: to support active collaboration between innovative small companies and large corporates.

As Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation shared:

“The EIC should be the link between the start-ups and the corporates. By helping startups to access partners across value chains. From corporates, to investors… and technology providers. At the same time large corporates should be able to help start-ups to scale-up.”

Innovative solutions, together to amplify results

As startups and companies equally commented, Solvay support to the 19 next generation unicorns is key to achieve greater results and deliver effective solutions for the industry.

On and off stage, with a seven minutes pitch to present and impress, innovation was the real protagonist to amplify and shape future partnership across Europe and globally.

Investors and venture capitals' directed their attention to advanced materials for cutting-edge products and solutions in mobility and resource efficiency. In the health and cleantech industry, a vast range of sustainable solutions based on 3D printing technologies was showcased there. Finally, easy to deploy cost-effective industrial digital asset management tools attract the audience.

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