Sprint Challenge Brief:

Innovations in Coatings Applicator Cleaning

Submit Now    Due: Wednesday, June 16


In support of a global leader in coatings technology, TechConnect Ventures is calling for Entries describing innovations that increase the speed, efficiency, or effectiveness of cleaning applicators (brushes/rollers) following the application of a coating. The goal is to identify those approaches that make it easier for an individual to clean their applicators (brushes/rollers), using less water, while maintaining application efficiency.

The client is interested in technologies or approaches including, but not limited to:

  • Efficient, water-miscible, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions
  • Treatments to applicator surfaces (such as brush bristles)
    • Pre-application treatments OR
    • Post-application treatments
  • Modifications to the fibers used in applicators:
    • Novel fiber materials that are easy to clean but maintain application performance

The proposed cleaning innovations should focus on enhancing cleanability of brushes containing residual water-based paints using minimal water, and must be environmentally friendly solutions..

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:

  • Target applicator type (brush, roller, both)
  • Type of approach
    • Cleaning solution?
    • Fiber modification?
    • Bristle treatment?
  • Description of approach
  • Imagined water savings during cleaning
  • Imagined time savings during cleaning
  • Any data to support commercial solutions, though the client is very interested in early stage technologies as well

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