Covestro promotes entrepreneurship in chemistry
"Groundbreaking ideas for more sustainable solutions in the chemical industry arise especially when we listen to young entrepreneurs and work with them. With the new awards we want to open the right doors faster for the most promising ideas", said Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO Covestro. "Curiosity, courage and diversity determine our corporate values. We want to push the boundaries of what is feasible - and especially together with start-ups.”
Start-up awarded for Future Materials
Steilemann presented the prize in the Future Materials category at the University Innovation Challenge in Frankfurt am Main to the start-up company Bipolymer Systems. The young company from Duesseldorf has developed a sustainable compound material that converts heat into electricity and could help shape the generation of energy in the future. The University Innovation Challenge was initiated by Goethe University in Frankfurt and the German business newspaper Handelsblatt in order to bring the results of university research in Germany into contact with business more quickly. Candidates from all German-speaking universities were eligible to apply.
The start-up Bipolymer Systems also received a special "Challenge & Win" prize for Future Materials sponsored by Covestro as part of the new Chem Start-up Award. The first German start-up prize specifically for business ideas in the chemical industry was launched by the regional industry network ChemCologne together with numerous partners at the European start-up conference StartupCon in Cologne.