Sprint Challenge Brief:

Multi-functional Compounds for Coatings

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In support of a global leader in coatings technology, TechConnect Ventures is calling for Entries describing compounds that can provide antimicrobial and/or biocidal properties in addition to other performance contributions to a coating. Materials that provide a primary performance benefit in a paint formula, such as hardness, chemical resistance, or other, but also boost antimicrobial and biocidal properties of the paint as a secondary benefit are of interest. The compound should support or enhance the prevention of bacteria in the wet state and mold/mildew when dry.

The goal of this sprint is to facilitate contact and interactions between the Sprint sponsor and active researchers or technology developers in this space. Submissions and novel concepts from individuals and organizations in academia and research are of significant interest, but all viable technology providers are invited to respond for potential commercial opportunities with the client.


Solvers submitting an Entry are encouraged to highlight key innovation areas in their Submission that meet criteria including:

  • Primary function of proposed compound
  • Effectiveness of compound as a secondary antimicrobial and/or biocidal compound
  • Avoids usage of compounds known or expected to have regulatory/safety concerns

Business Opportunity for Solvers

All complete and eligible Entries will be included in an exclusive Innovation Opportunity Report that will be presented to our client. Solvers with well-matched capabilities may be contacted directly by either TechConnect Ventures or the client to discuss potential partnership opportunities, including – but not limited to – demonstrations, consulting, contract research, licensing, and more. Top-rated Entries may also be invited to register or participate in an upcoming TechConnect Ventures event or pitch program.

Participation Rules & Guidelines

Solvers are encouraged to review the Rules and Guidelines provided on the Sprint page for details about participation, including submission criteria, eligibility information, and more.

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QUESTIONS? Contact Executive Director, Nick Kacsandi at info@techconnectventures.com