Last week, university incubator ACE Venture Lab organised a unique Sustainable Chemistry industry bootcamp. Its aim was to stimulate chemistry researchers to explore entrepreneurship as a career option. A group of 15 researchers accepted the challenged to develop their chemistry based businesses in one week. The jury decided to award not just one, but three of the participants with financial support and mentoring.
Sustainable Chemistry and Entrepreneurship
Sustainable Chemistry, or Green Chemistry, is an area of chemical engineering that focuses on designing products and processes that minimize the use of hazardous substances. This research area focuses on technological approaches to prevent pollution and reduce the consumption of non-renewable recourses. The Sustainable Chemistry research department at UvA consists of 90 researchers at the Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences. ACE Venture Lab helps researchers with developing their ideas into a viable business and with creating a wider reach for their innovative techniques.