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Our open challenge 2022

The Circular Economy Challenge

In partnership with Wevolver and Mitsubishi Chemical Europe, we are inviting engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, startups, companies and students to submit their ideas, technologies, and products as part of the 2022 Circular Economy Challenge

We are looking for innovators throughout the plastics circular economy who want to make use of advanced low carbon footprint engineering plastics or have developed innovative recycling technologies for advanced engineering plastics.

The challenge is looking for participants in two key areas: 

1. Recycling Technology

2. Products & Parts 

The winners of the challenge will be invited to participate in a pilot program where a dedicated Mitsubishi Chemical experts team will take their idea to the next level. The total value of this program is $25,000. 

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Our judging criteria

Find out what we’re looking for

Feasibility

While we applaud imaginative thinking, your idea needs to also be a realistic proposal that makes the most innovative use of our materials and technologies.

Scalability

We're looking for fresh ideas from entrepreneurial businesses that are ready to scale up but may still need some support.

Circularity

Our commitment towards circular economy means that every entry will be judged on how much of a positive impact it can make on the environment.

Experts panel & jury members

Get to know the jury team

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Dr. Lisa Weigand Advisor Circular Economy Mitsubishi Chemical Europe
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Randy White Chief Innovation Officer Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
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Patrick Suel Funding President Diamond Edge Ventures
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Bram Geenen CEO and Co-founder WeVolver
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Tim Vorage Founder and Manager Growth Garage Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
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Dr. Peter de Walde Founder & CEO, Empowering innovators to stay ahead of the curve in a fast-paced world MAPEGY
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Henning Bloech Global Director Sustainable Solutions Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials
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Jules Harings Associate Professor & Group leader Macromolecular Physics & Technology at AMIBM / Maastricht University Maastricht University
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Mark Geljon Customer Experience leader, change maker and social entrepreneur GRIDD
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Simon McEvoy UK Head of Strategy & UX // Marketing Academy Alumni Council // B Corp B Leader // Speaker & Author Omobono
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Andy Rudd Global New Business Development Manager Mitsubishi Chemical Methacrylates
How we grow together

Your journey in the Growth Garage

Submission and
quick scan
  • Early bird feedback
  • Feasibility check
  • Pre-selection
Selection of finalists
Criteria:
  • Technical and commercial feasibility
  • Scalability
  • Differentiation potential
  • Promote the circular economy
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Winners selected
  • Selection based on strategic fit, differentiation and business potential
  • Award-winning ceremony
Acceleration program
begins
Development of idea from pitch to product in 3 months
  • Design optimization, material selection & scalability planning
  • Coaching & expertise from MCAM
  • Potential funding partnerships for long-term growth
FAQ

Submission questions & guidelines

All answers you need to know before submitting your idea.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR THE WINNERS OF THE CHALLENGE

Winner categories

Challenge winners program

CHALLENGE WINNER

(Valued at $ 25,000)

As a winning Growth Garage challenger, our engineers will work in collaboration with you to: 

  • Help you access and select the right materials
  • Assist in designing and prototyping your parts
  • Guide you through the testing and production of a functional prototype 
  • Advise you on production planning and how best to scale up your ideas
  • Assess and improve the sustainability and recycling potential of your project to help create zero waste
  • Help you scale up your idea with potential future co-branding activities and access to our wider partner ecosystem
  • Raise additional funding through our VC investment partner, Diamond Edge Ventures

WEVOLVER COMMUNITY WINNER

(Valued at $ 10,000)

As the Wevolver community winner, our engineers will work in collaboration with you to: 

  • Help you access and select the right materials
  • Assist in designing and prototyping your parts
  • Guide you through the testing and production of a functional prototype 
  • Advise you on production planning and how best to scale up your ideas
  • Assess and improve the sustainability and recycling potential of your project to help create zero waste
  • Help you scale up your idea with potential future co-branding activities and access to our wider partner ecosystem
  • Raise additional funding through our VC investment partner, Diamond Edge Ventures

STUDENT AWARD WINNER

(Valued at $ 5,000)

The winning student will receive mentoring and support from MCAM engineers and business leaders.

The student prize package includes:

  • Designer profile on the MCAM Growth Garage site.
  • Profile on Wevolver.com
  • Design feedback and suggestions
  • Material selection support.
  • Mentoring to create a viable business plan
  • Official certificate from Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Material.
Stay tuned for our next challenge early 2022!

Send us your idea today and start your journey to tomorrow

Please be sure to read through our submission guidelines.

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