Meet the Growth Garage Challenge

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Open challenge

High-temperature carbon-fiber 3D Printing Challenge

Our open challenge invites you to submit a design that makes use of the strength and abilities of KyronMAX® carbon-fiber filament combined with the versatility and economics of 3D printing

By submitting your idea, based on the judging criteria and being chosen as a winner (yes, there will be more than 1), you will have the opportunity to work closely with our experts to bring your idea into reality.

Do you want to get an impression of how easy, accessible and cool it is to participate in our challenges, discover it here.

 

 

Closing November 14th, 2021

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Our previous challenge winner

KyronMAX® helps drones go Ultra-Quiet

An innovative take on 'ultra-quiet' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) blades. The novel blade design can help eliminate the incessant buzzing sound of drones, almost entirely. The patent-pending method used to mold the blades results in an average 10 dB sound reduction which is 50% quieter compared to equivalently sized conventional UAV propeller blades.

Delson Aeronautics
Our previous community winner

With KyronMAX®, we make of the lightest, strongest, and most durable lacrosse heads on the market

Lacrosse is a popular physically intense game from the United States where players use a stick with a catching head to carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the opposition’s goal. The High-Performance Lacrosse Head designed by Daniel Scott Mitchell and Farbod Moghaddam will be one of the lightest, strongest, and most durable lacrosse heads on the market. Daniel and Farbod are now working closely with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Material engineers to develop and produce a full prototype of the head. Follow their journey on Insta and Twiiter.

Twitter: @TheDanielMitch | Instagram@danielscottmitchell 

Twitter: @FarbodTheMogh | Instagram@farbod_moghaddam.

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.

FAQ

Submission questions & guidelines

All answers you need to know before submitting your idea.

How we grow together

Your journey in the Growth Garage

Submission and
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  • 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
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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
Experts panel & jury members

Get to know the jury team

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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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Brian Yarcich Additive Manufacturing Development Manager 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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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
How we work together

Winner categories

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.
Applications now open

Send us your idea today and start your journey to tomorrow

Enter our next engineering challenge by submitting your idea. Please be sure to read through our submission guidelines.

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