Bucharest, November 21, 2023 – # rbj – Romanian startups 3D Printing Hub and Peelhy qualified among top 5 regional solutions of BASF Innovation Hub, pitch competition for sustainable future. Their win on a regional final opens a possibility for participation in the Grand Finale competition for the whole Central and Southeast Europe.
Startup 3D Printing Hub develops a solution connecting quality providers of 3D printing services and customers in need of it, through a platform offering a more efficient services, while startup Peelhy develops an antimicrobial, biodegradable biosticker for fresh foods and vegetables with edible peel decreasing their contamination potential.
Live pitch presentations will begin on Thursday, November 23, at 9 EST (Bucharest time) and are free to follow on the official BASF Innovation Hub YouTube channel. BASF Innovation Hub pitch competition is intended for ideas dealing with Cleantech, Circularity and Farm to Fork solutions, which are an integral part of the European Green Deal.
Andreas Lier, Managing Director of BASF for Romania, Bulgaria and North Macedonia, emphasizes that BASF Innovation Hub is being held for a third year in a row, with very high interest for participation from startups: “This year we have received more than 120 applications from 11 European countries, more than in the previous editions. Europe has a vision to become the first climate neutral continent by 2050. Thus, government, industry and individuals need to work together and startups are playing a very important role in this context”.
Sebastian Metz, Managing Director of AHK Romania, is delighted with the great number of participants in this year’s competition: “It is my great pleasure to see the commitment of regional startups to the goals of sustainable future by joining our competition.”
Two of the best solutions from the regional finals automatically qualify for the next phase, where they will encounter the winners of other regional finals.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. More than 111,000 employees in the BASF Group contribute to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio comprises six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of €87.3 billion in 2022. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the United States. Further information at www.basf.com.
AHK Romania is the official representative office of the German economy. Established in 2002, AHK counts over 600 member firms and provides companies with an important platform for networking, information exchange and experiences. Through the services it offers and through the events it organizes, AHK Romania actively supports German companies when they enter the Romanian market and is also a partner of Romanian companies interested in the German market.
Since January 1, 2020, the Competence Center for the Republic of Moldova has been operating within AHK Romania. We aim to enhance business relationships between companies from Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Germany and to bring a significant contribution to the economic development of the Republic of Moldova.