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Brief

Plastic waste represents a huge problem for the human kind. The current production scenario is an open loop, where products are produced, used and disposed. In KLM we are trying to transform plastic bottles collected on our flights, in high quality filament for 3D printing. Part of it will be used in our Engineering & Maintenance division, while we would like to donate the rest to help the development of innovative ideas around the world. How would you use our filament to solve tangible and important problems for the African population ?

Expectation

KLM is developing one of the first post-consumer recycled PET filament, produced from post-consumer plastic bottles collected on our flights. We believe that sustainability is not just about recycling material, but it is also about what you actually do with it. With our project we want to become radical pioneers of Circular Economy and Sustainable design, producing recycled filament which can become fuel for the radical innovations of the future. We are looking for innovative ideas, developed by an African start-up for the African population, using 100 Kg’s of our circular filament, acquiring an active role in this game-changer project.

mission

The start-up that will present the most innovative idea will receive for free 100 Kg’s of our circular post-consumer PET filament, which will hopefully help the project to become true. The filament can be provided with different diameters (1,75 mm or 2,85 mm). The exact technical properties are still to be determined, but it is assumable that they will be lower compared to pure PLA. The printing temperature is 255/270°C, and the optimal printing speed tested so far is around 35/45 mm/s.

Submission Requirements

MATURITY CRITERIA

Only startups can participate in this challenge, meaning:

Innovative solution or service

Less than 5 years of existence

Early-stage // Seed-stage company

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Required format:

Short video with 2 topics: Startup presentation / How do you solve the problem? (mpg, mpeg, mp4, mov) MAX 50 Megabyte – You can also share us a “Wetransfer” link or a Youtube video

Deck pitch: 8 slides max (ppt, pdf) - MAX 50 Megabytes

Last day of submission: 1 week before the Event 

Do you meet the criteria?

Submit to Win

Prizes & rewards

WIN

The start-up that will present the most innovative idea will receive for free 100 Kg’s of our circular post-consumer PET filament, which will hopefully help the project to become true.

PITCH

*For the selected startups*

Pitch in the Arena at the event 

Privileged contact with the best investors & VCs in the world

COME

*For the three selected startups*

FREE VIP entrance to the event

FREE flight ticket to Cape Town 

FREE accommodation in Cape Town