Could your product or idea revolutionize the chemistry industry? Is your chem startup no more than 3 years old?

Then you’ve come to the right place!

Apply for a Chem Startup Award in the following categories – circular economy, new materials, digital production, digital supply chain and digital workforce

In cooperation with this leading industry publication

Partners of the Chem Startup Award

Network partners


Here’s your opportunity to win the Chem Startup 2018 title. First, all you have to do is complete the form below. Then, the StartupCon community will determine the 5 nominees in 5 categories (circular economy, new materials, digital production, digital supply chain and digital workforce) by August 27.
The closing date for applications is August 20

The jury

The winners in each category will be determined by a panel of experts and well-known people in the German chemical industry and announced as part of StartupCon at Cologne’s Lanxess Arena on September 18.

Winners and prizes

In addition to the coveted award and a stand at StartupCity Cologne next year, the 5 winners will receive cash and non-cash prizes worth a total of €10,000 and will become jury members of Chem Startup 2019.
Lanxess is donating another prize of up to 6 co-working spaces for a winning team at the Olivandenhof in Cologne for up to 6 months during the first half of 2019.
Henkel could be an exciting partner or investor for you and your startup. Which is why you should be part of the Chem Startup Award 2018. We at Henkel are keeping a pitch slot free for a selected startup at the popular HenkelX Show & Tell event at our production site in Dusseldorf.

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StartupCon is Europe’s major day-long conference for committed founders, corporates and established investors from all sectors of the economy and it enters its fifth round on September 18. Once again, the event takes place at a Cologne landmark, the 80,000 square meter Lanxess Arena. Between 10am and 6pm the participants and visitors have the opportunity to expand their professional networks, recruit investors for new projects and to discuss, learn and educate themselves about future-oriented business models based on digital transformation.

The application form

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