Recap with FineCell – the winners of Imagine Chemistry

The 2018 finals of Imagine Chemistry – The AkzoNobel Chemicals Startup Challenge – recently took place at Chalmers Ventures in Gothenburg.

Most promising startup: FineCell
Among 20 competing ventures, FineCell was selected most promising startup with the motivation:

Being a Swedish University we have a long tradition of sustainability and in Sweden, we also have a lot of woods. FineCell has developed a novel method to produce a bio-based nanomaterial for the future in a much more sustainable way using less energy and water in the process. The material itself has unique qualities and can be produced both as a gel and as a dry compound opening up several exciting application possibilities. All in all, FineCell has the potential to  make sure that Sweden continues to be a global leader in producing great products from cellulose for sustainable future”. 

An interview with FineCell
A couple of weeks after the big event – Akzo Nobel has asked FineCell to share their thoughts on Imagine Chemistry and their journey ahead.  The team expects that support from Chalmers Ventures will prove to be useful. As Monica Ek, Professor in Wood chemistry and Team Member of FineCell, explains, “We had a very good discussion with Chalmers Ventures during the event. Chalmers has a lot of industrial contacts in this region and I think they can be a very helpful for us to connect with other companies.”

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About FineCell

Team name: Finecell
Team members: Kloce Dongfang Li, Monica Ek, Jonatan Henschen
Location: Sweden
Mentor: Emile Trottier
Challenge area: Sustainable smart particle technologies
Award won: Partner support Chalmers Ventures