ClariantSugar Surfactant
Open Innovation Challenge

The Challenge

Shaping the future of sugar surfactants

Open Innovation Challenge

We are calling for partners from the open innovation ecosystem to join us to explore new opportunities with our surfactant technology.


All finalists will be considered for various partnership and funding opportunities, as well as access to our in-house expertise and global markets.

By participating in this challenge, the top two finalists will stand a chance to win CHF 10K and 5k respectively.


Exploring new opportunities

Novel Compounds

2nd generation surfactants deriving from existing compounds

Improved Formulations

Enhancing current product performances

New Markets

New applications for new business opportunities


Your journey starts here

Oct 2020

Register to participate to our online launch

Nov 19th 2020

Online launch

Apr 18th 2021

Deadline for submission

Apr 2021

Selection of 15 semi-finalists based on written proposals

May 2021

15 semi-finalists to meeting CLN experts to refine their proposals

Jun 2021

Top 8 finalists to pitch to CLN jury panel and announcement of winners


Submit your proposals for a chance to be rewarded

Cash Prize And Funding

Top two winners stand to win CHF 10,000 and CHF 5,000 respectively.

In addition, we can help researchers and young enterprises to overcome financial challenges.

Enterprise Europe Network will support EU grant applications for finalists partnering with Clariant in the EU regions (T&Cs apply).

Partnership and Markets

Our global business network is available to amplify your innovation for various regional markets.

Depending on the proposals, the partnership can be explored as research cooperation, joint development, licensing or even commercial/distribution services.

Joint-patent application will apply for if there are new IP from our background IP.

Expertise and Facilities

From scientific R&D to business development, we possess vast experience and comprehensive competences.

As a global player with representatives in all relevant markets, our experts can support you along the entire innovation chain.

We can open our labs and facilities to foster your innovation.

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Get in contact

Submit your general enquiries related to the challenge

Melvyn Ho

Melvyn Ho

Group Technology & Innovation, Initiative Leader Open Innovation


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