Sprint Challenge Brief:

Futuristic Coatings Application Innovations

Submit Now    Due: Wednesday, June 16


In support of a global leader in coatings technology, TechConnect Ventures is calling for Entries describing innovations in equipment for the application of coatings to substrates. The client is primarily interested in learning about unique or novel advancements to applicators and related equipment. With a vision of the future, the client is highly interested in unique collaboration opportunities around printable coatings, robots with controlled overspray, and other advanced application methods.

The desired applicator innovations could focus on DIY painters, painting contractors or industrial coatings applications. Approaches of potential interest include:

  • DIY or Contractor:
    • Create less mess
    • Faster and easier process
    • Generation of:
      • Customizable colors or designs
      • Unique textures
  • Industrial:
    • Reduction in wasted paint
    • Increased transfer efficiency
    • Reduction in labor costs
    • Faster throughput
    • Generation of:
      • Customizable colors or designs
      • Uniques textures

Technologies or approaches that allow for high precision control of film thickness are of particular interest to the client, regardless of the ultimate end-user.

Technologies from across the coatings equipment industry are of interest as well as those technologies adapted from other industries. The client is open to fundamental collaboration opportunities in this space even around applications that may not have yet been demonstrated.

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, as are ideas from equipment manufacturers outside the paints and coatings industry, 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:

  • Intended end-user(s):
    • DIY
    • Contractor
    • Industrial
  • Advantage(s) of proposed technology
  • Description of how the technology can take the painting process into the next generation addressing some of the potential interest areas laid out above

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