Paint the Future: How AkzoNobel Innovates in Ecosystems

Mignon D’Arnaud

Paint the Future Project Lead at AkzoNobel

as recorded on 22-26 February 2021 as part of Innov8rs Connect on Foresight, Ecosystem Engagement and Startup Collaboration

Launched in 2019, Paint the Future is AkzoNobel’s global collaborative innovation challenge. Initially open to startups, it was quickly expanded to embrace academia, research institutes, and a first group of suppliers, with a view to gradually strengthening the collaboration program. The initiative is focused on establishing an innovation ecosystem to help accelerate, test, launch, and scale ideas and solutions for the paints and coatings industry, as Mignon outlined in this talk.

About the speaker

Mignon d’Arnaud is program lead of AkzoNobel’s global collaborative innovation program Paint the Future. Her background in International Business Administration and Marketing led her to be active in the front-end of innovation. She has experience in developing and executing (open) innovation programs for companies such as Nike, KPMG, L'Oréal, Ahold Delhaize, The European Commission and Zalando. Mignon is passionate about scaling ecosystems to create sustainable solutions for the tech industry.

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