TKI Chemistry has hired a number of innovation agents to provide consulting services to SME entrepreneurs:
Caroli Buitenhuis | Green Serendipity
Green Serendipity is a consultancy firm focused on bioplastics, bio-based packaging and circular concepts with the focus on sustainable chain innovation. The driving force behind Green Serendipity is Caroli Buitenhuis. Green Serendipity advises in making the right choices regarding the use of renewable materials for packaging and / or products. This addresses the growing need among retailers, brand owners and start-ups, but also the manufacturing industry to gain insight into the possibilities of biobased and circular production and packaging. A clear answer is given to questions such as: which renewable materials are suitable for making or packaging my product, which producers can I approach for this, what about the waste phase, what about the barrier properties or seal possibilities, what are the costs or how can the costs recoup, etc.
Concrete goals, among others:
- inform about renewable materials (including chains)
- making connections between batches from raw material up to and including waste phase and vv
- supervise market introductions biobased innovations in the field of materials
- setting up circular concepts based on waste streams / residual materials
- setting up and / or guiding innovations in the biobased chain
- making retail packaging more sustainable with NL Circular in 2050
Contact Caroli Buitenhuis:
Peter Munk | COAST
COAST’s mission is to strengthen analytical science in the Netherlands by uniting R&D, human capital and infrastructure:
- To advance R&D and innovation in analytical technologies and encourage cross-fertilization between analytical technologies and application areas (see also position photo with COAST focus);
- To improve education in analytical science and to increase the number of graduates;
- To provide access to research facilities and knowledge for players within and across application areas
By putting these pieces together, COAST aims to promote analytical science as a valuable economic activity in its own right and as a catalyst for innovation and economic value in its application areas. COAST has tailored its Strategic Agenda to meet these challenges.
In this context, COAST also likes to meet the needs of Holland Chemistry with an innovation agent in the field of analytical science and technology and appointed Peter Munk as Innovation Agent. Peter is active as a Community manager (temporarily as a Board Chairman a.i.). In this first capacity Peter acts as a contact person within the member group (COAST community). Peter has been working in the X-ray analysis world for 30 years (Philips Analytical X-ray, PANalytical) and therefore well acquainted with the analytical environment in which COAST operates.
As an Innovation Agent from COAST, Peter aims to solve innovation questions in the field of analytical science and technology by informing innovative SMEs and connecting them to potential solvers of their challenges. This can be both other companies, knowledge parties and (sub) communities. Since analysis is used in many different sectors, cross-sectoral connections will also be established.
Activities Peter Munk:
- Discussion with initiators of (public-private) project proposals
- Active involvement in matchmaking meetings in preparation for project definitions and possible project start-ups
- Interviews with SMEs aimed at retrieving and answering innovation questions
- Conversations with start-ups aimed at retrieving and answering innovation questions
Contact Peter Munk:
Martin van Dord | NRK
The NRK represents the interests of the rubber and plastics industry (RKI). The turnover in 2018 is € 13.5 billion, with about 900 companies of which 75% are SMEs. Employment is 50,000 and slightly growing. The RKI has been growing for decades with an average of more than 3%. In recent years, growth has double its GDP by 6%. The (indirect and direct) exports amount to more than 65%. More than 12% of the raw material input is plastic recyclate.
The companies supply a wide variety of modules and (end) products for applications in industry, trade, construction, packaging industry and consumer use. Around 400 companies (60% of the turnover) are clustered at the NRK in 19 trade associations. Under the motto “Sustainable Entrepreneurship. Rethink rubber and plastic products! “Since 2000 NRK has given priority to CSR and a healthy climate for the member companies. In our vision, companies and products must contribute to sustainable development and fit into the evolving circular economy, we offer safe and healthy working conditions in which employees can develop and our products offer comfort to the users and contribute to their prosperity and well-being.
As an Industrial Designer, Martin van Dord has over 25 years of experience with entrepreneurship, product development and innovation management of products (telecom, medical, …) and instruments (energy saving and E-learning). In recent years Martin has been working as innovation manager at NRK Rubber & Plastics Industry and DPI Value Center. In addition to the individual guidance of companies, he has a focus on initiating and setting up cluster and chain projects on themes such as recycling, closing the chain, biopolymers & composites. Martin has a broad and deep network in the Dutch polymer chain of raw material, development, processing, use & recycling. Both of industry and knowledge infrastructure and a deep network in the European research institutes in the field of polymers.
Contact Martin van Dord:
René Reijtenbagh | Business Angels Connect
Through the service of Business Angels Connect, companies in Chemistry and Agri-food receive feedback on the feasibility of using private investors to find financing for the growth plans of their company. Selected companies are helped to formulate real investors’ propositions and introduce them into the investor network through closed meetings and individual transfers. Business Angels Connect offers the sectors training and education in the field of corporate finance and business angels financing in particular.
René Reijtenbagh is advisor and expert in the field of making companies investor ready for introduction to investors, the so-called Business Angels. Together with the entrepeneurs, René checks if a Business Angels Investing is a financing option for the company. René has an extensive network of Business Angels and Business Angels networks in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and France.
Contact René Reijtenbagh: