Today TUSTI, a spin-off of the Technical University of Eindhoven, was awarded best 'chemical engineering' startup of the year 2016 and received a grant of €25,000. Three startups made it to the Gouden KIEM finals during the chemistry conference CHAINS:
- Relay 3D teams up with the Eindhoven University of Technology; the company rejuvenates the waste printing powder that industrial 3D printing produces, and makes the waste powder suitable for re-use;
- SEALEAU is based in Eindhoven, but closely collaborates with Delft University of Technology; the company makes value out of industrial wastewater. It has developed a circular economy solution at pilot scale, with customer traction in various industrial sectors.
- TUSTI teams up with the Eindhoven University of Technology; the company develops innovative technology to recycle plastics waste that current recycling technology cannot handle. Its first project is the recycling of greasy frying oil-cans.
Startup Envoy Constantijn van Oranje surprised the winner and the two runners-up with a video-message. He congratulated the startups on their achievements and expressed his hope for their future success. All three startups provide crucial solutions for recycling and reusing waste (water).
The jury of the Gouden KIEM award included prof. Floris Rutjes (Radboud Universiteit), dr. Peter Berben (BASF), Leon Joore (Millvision) en dr. Cristianne Rijcken (Cristal Therapeutics). An important criterium was the degree with which the startup unites academic knowledge and an entrepreneurial spirit and the extent of its social impact. The Gouden KIEM award is powered by NWO Chemische Wetenschappen, de Topsector Chemistry and Innovatielink.