Over the last 10 years, the Emerging Technologies Competition has partnered with some of the largest multinational companies in chemistry. Our competition partners not only help judge our finalists but provide advice and mentorship to the entrepreneurs and the development of their technologies.
What our 2023 competition partners have to say
"Johnson Matthey (JM) is a global leader in sustainable technologies. We take our unrivalled expertise in chemistry and materials and use it to solve complex problems for our customers, whether that is scaling up, manufacturing or developing new and next generation products.
With over 200 years of sustained innovation and technological breakthroughs, our technologies have enabled cleaner air, improved health and the more efficient use of our planet's natural resources. And now, as the world faces the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity, JM is accelerating the big transitions needed, driving down transport emissions, decarbonising the energy and chemical industries and creating a circular economy.
Innovation is at the heart of JM. From our earliest origins as a gold assayer to our market-leading inventions in catalytic science and metal chemistry, our scientists have long been at the forefront of innovation. We are committed to creating an environment where innovation can flourish, encouraging creativity within our business and engaging with organisations outside of JM in a spirit of partnership and collaboration.
JM is full of incredibly talented people with a real passion for science and sustainability and a commitment to innovation. We take pride in the fact that we are catalysing the net zero transition for our customers, and for society."
"On any given day, 2.5 billion people use Unilever products to feel good, look good and get more out of life – giving a unique opportunity to build a brighter future. We want our business to grow but we recognise that growth at the expense of people or the environment is both unacceptable and commercially unsustainable. Sustainable growth is the only acceptable model for our business. Our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) is central to our business model. It sets out how we are growing our business, whilst reducing our environmental footprint and increasing our positive social impact.
We believe that innovation will solve some of the greatest challenges facing our world. We are interested in transformational technologies that will help reduce the environmental impact of our products or improve health and well-being for our consumers. In particular we are interested in technologies that will help us to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from the production and use of our products, with a real focus on sustainability, and in technologies that will help people to clean themselves and their homes in environments where there is a lack of water, or poor water quality."
"Croda is a speciality chemical manufacturer supplying ingredients into a wide range of consumer markets. Through the imaginative and practical use of science, we create ingredients and technologies that improve people’s lives by enhancing the performance of everyday products. Croda is the name behind the high-performance ingredients in some of the biggest, most successful brands in the world, creating products that are relied on by industries and consumers worldwide.
Innovation and sustainability are at the heart of Croda. Through close collaborations we have an in-depth knowledge of customers’ needs, which enables us to focus Research and Development in areas that will allow customers to meet new market opportunities. We do this by creating, co-creating, acquiring or licensing new technology and taking a proactive, leading position on sustainability. This can be seen from the materials we use and the way they are used, to the ingredients we create and the way they are created."
''bp’s purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. We have set out an ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner, to help the world get to net zero and have a strategy for delivering on that ambition.
We aim to dramatically reduce carbon in our operations and in our production, and grow new low carbon businesses, products and services. We want to be an energy company with purpose; one that is trusted by society, valued by shareholders and motivating for everyone who works at bp.
We believe we have the experience and expertise, the relationships and the reach, the skill and the will, to do this.''
''Innospec is a global supplier of speciality chemicals with manufacturing plants, research centres and additional facilities across twenty-three countries. We provide high-performance chemicals, additives and formulations for markets including personal care, home care, fuel additives, agrochemicals, metal extraction, oil field and polymers and waxes.
Innospec's world-class Research & Technology and other business teams continually provide innovative products and solutions across all of our business units; recognising that we have a responsibility to strive for ever-greater sustainability to reduce the environmental footprint of the products we make. We have collaborations in science and technology with a number of institutions and are always on the lookout for exciting new science and technology areas for potential collaboration.''
''Ceres is a world-leading developer of electrochemical technologies: fuel cells for power generation and electrolysis for the creation of green hydrogen and energy storage. Our asset-light, licensing model has seen us establish partnerships with some of the world's largest engineering and technology companies, such as Bosch in Germany, Doosan in Korea and Weichai in China, to develop systems and products that address climate change for power generation, transportation, industry, data centres and everyday living.
Ceres is proud to be a UK technology company with 500 passionate scientists and engineers partnering with global giants of industry to deliver a net zero future. As a licensing business it is imperative that we continue to drive innovation, both through investment in our core technology and through partnering in new areas. We aim to leverage our experience in electrochemistry, device engineering and commercialisation of technology to deliver clean energy for a cleaner world.''
Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty
Driven by passion and innovation, Givaudan Fragrance & Beauty aims to bring delightful and memorable sensorial experiences to consumers around the world. Currently present in all major markets, we strive to be the creative partner of choice for customers not only in personal, fabric, hygiene and home care but also in fine fragrances and overall beauty. The Company is driven by its inspiring Purpose of creating fragrances and beauty products for “happier, healthier lives with love for nature”.
In our quest to implement our Company Purpose, science and technology plays a leading role in advancing our mission and achieving our goals towards more sustainable fragrances. At Givaudan, we believe in the power of possibility by continuously researching new sustainable innovative molecules to be used for fragrance creation and developing emerging scent technologies that make a difference. Our renowned team of scientists is the core of our ground-breaking research, working together to bring innovative fragrant solutions to our customers that also enhance the lives of their consumers around the world.
"PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated $79 billion in net revenue in 2021, driven by a complementary beverage and convenient foods portfolio that includes Lay's, Doritos, Cheetos, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Mountain Dew, Quaker, and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including many iconic brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.
Be the Global Leader in Beverages and Convenient Foods by Winning with PepsiCo Positive (pep+). pep+ is our strategic end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability and human capital at the center of how we will create value and growth by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for planet and people.".
"AstraZeneca is a global pharmaceutical company with a major UK presence. Our purpose is to push the boundaries of science to deliver life-changing medicines. The best way we can help patients is to be science-led and share this passion with the scientific, healthcare and business communities of the UK.
At AstraZeneca, health is our business and our contribution to society. How we operate supports sustainable ecosystems for healthcare that benefit people and our planet through science-based innovation. Our aspiration is for the future to be healthy and for us to be an active participant in a healthy society, planet and business. Our pioneering medicines touch the lives of millions of people, so it is a business imperative that we are partners and advocates for solutions to global health. At the heart of our sustainability approach is access to healthcare and its connection to environmental protection and ethics and transparency."
“Reading Scientific Services Limited (RSSL) is a global leader at the forefront of scientific analysis, consultancy, product development and training, serving the food, drink and consumer goods industries as well pharmaceutical and healthcare providers. For over 30 years we have been helping world leading companies and SMEs to develop and supply products that are safe, innovative, of the highest quality and meet the demands of legislation and consumers.
We are looking for innovative solutions which support our strategic growth needs and to create partnerships where everyone involved succeeds. We are interested in emerging technologies which in can radically improve our analysis offering or give new avenues for our product innovation, especially in the realms of healthy living, for example in helping us develop new vegan or low sugar products for our customers. Other areas of interest include novel or natural stabilisers for either texture enhancement or microbiological preservation applications.”
'''Reckitt Benckiser (Reckitt) is a world-leading consumer goods company helping people deal with the ever-more demanding pace of life. Reckitt is one of the fastest-growing companies in the health, nutrition and household hygiene categories.
In Reckitt, we’re a growing community of 43,000+ diverse, talented entrepreneurs – united in the relentless pursuit of a cleaner, healthier world. Drawing on each other’s skills and working together, we put people at the heart of our business. Through research and development, science and partnership, we make products that people have loved and trusted for generations. Our focus on cutting-edge science and our strong sense of social responsibility stretches back to 1819. Together they have enabled us to help people lead healthier lives and have happier homes for over 200 years.
All our brands are grounded in science and led by consumer needs. Our purpose is to innovate continuously and work with like-minded partners to transfer good ideas into products and provide them with customers all over the world. The results can be seen in brands including Durex, Enfamil, Finish, Gaviscon, Harpic, Lysol, Mortein, Mucinex, Nurofen, Nutramigen, and Strepsils. These trusted global products are found in stores in nearly 180 countries across the globe.''
''The NSG (Nippon Sheet Glass) Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for architectural, automotive and established creative technology to support NSG Group’s future growth. With around 26,000 permanent employees, it has principal operations around the world and sales in over 100 countries, and achieved a revenue of ¥601 billion in FY2022.
NSG operates in three main sectors:
Architectural supplies glass for Buildings and Solar Energy applications
Automotive serves the Original Equipment, Aftermarket Replacement and Specialized Transport glazing markets
Creative Technology was established on 1st October 2020 to support NSG Group's focus on future growth
Innovation has been at the heart of NSG Group since its inception. Inventions and continuous advancements in the production of flat glass have enabled cutting-edge façades, automotive glazing, and technical glass applications.
Because of this, NSG Group has been able to offer customers new products, greater performance, and excellent service, thanks to the efforts of NSG Group R&D. NSG Group is also using glass innovation to tackle many 21st century challenges, including addressing climate change through decarbonisation. They can take on these challenges as a result of a strong history in innovation, a diverse talent pool of scientists and engineers, and a progressive approach to academic and industrial collaboration.
Historically, the glassmaking industry has been insular and slow-moving. Knowledge was less likely to be shared and collaborative approaches were not common.
In the modern world, in addition to the challenges of climate change and globalization, the pace of development and changes in technology mean the historical way of working is no longer sustainable. Companies must be open to different perspectives, and quicker to react to the changing world. Consequently, NSG Group has been developing productive and collaborative partnerships with universities, tech start-ups, and key global business partners"
"Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) is a global energy and solutions company, ranked amongst the largest corporations on Fortune Global 500®.
We seek opportunities in energy investments both in hydrocarbon and renewables across the globe and maximise value through our integrated business model. Our portfolio includes conventional and unconventional resources as well as a diverse range of fuel lubricant, and petrochemical products. This is further strengthened with a successful product delivery track record. Our customers are at the heart of everything that we do, and our businesses are anchored on meeting their needs.
Our technology is our differentiator and the key to ensuring excellence in all that we offer – energy, products and solutions, as well as unlocking new business frontiers. Sustainability is at the core of everything that we do, as we believe in harnessing the good in energy to add quality to everyday lives. People are our strength and partners for growth. We believe in progressing with our partners in addressing the evolving needs in today’s changing energy landscape."
Scott BaderScott Bader is a global chemical company. Established in 1921, it has a century of expertise in manufacturing Adhesives, Resins, Gelcoats and Functional Polymers for a variety of markets around the world. Scott Bader now employs 700 people across 6 manufacturing sites and 15 offices worldwide.
Scott Bader is committed to expanding its global reach, with recent ventures including North America, India, Japan and Australia, while continuing to build on its reputation for innovation, outstanding quality and technical expertise.
"Cargill, Incorporated is an international marketer, processor and distributor of agricultural, food, financial and industrial products and services with 155,000 employees in 70 countries. Founded as a grain warehousing and merchandising company, Cargill is one of the largest privately owned companies in the world. The company provides distinctive customer solutions in supply chain management, food applications, and health and nutrition. Cargill currently has 60+ business units that operate in 4 geographies, and approximately 50% of the company’s assets are located outside North America.
The Energy Technologies business in Cargill Bioindustrial creates, makes and sells speciality chemicals and additives for the global energy market. Working in close collaboration with our customers, we apply sustainable concepts and deep scientific expertise so that together we can efficiently power the world of tomorrow. At our core, we are experts in synthetic ester and polyalkylene glycol chemistries, taking products from lab scale through to full manufacturing. Investing in the development of new chemistries allows us to support our customers in meeting new industry challenges. For those who dare to imagine a brighter future, we establish long-lasting relationships and create bespoke industry solutions through our integrated research & development and global manufacturing capabilities. Being both global and local, you have direct access to our network of technical experts. We look forward to talking to you."
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