A Dutch construction company is looking for partners who can help them to sustainably measure, increase, preserve or restore the biodiversity around their construction projects. The company is looking for industry/academic partners working in ecology/sustainability, data analysis and more, that has technologies, prototypes, services or other ideas such as physical products, a digital tool, or a completely different solution, for further development via technical cooperation agreement.
A Dutch company is an independent family business and is specialized in the field of housing, utility construction and infrastructure. With 1.5 billion in turnover and more than 2,800 employees, the company is in the top ten of companies in the Dutch construction industry.
It is well known that the biodiversity worldwide, including in the Netherlands, has been declining for some time, especially in construction areas. As one of the largest contractors in the Netherlands, the company builds many infrastructural works. Their activities have a great impact on the environment and its biodiversity.
The company already undertakes great efforts to minimize this impact, but it is still too little. It is now time for the next step: from the smallest possible negative impact to a substantial and positive impact. All this with the aim of leaving the environment even better than they found it. As a sustainable contractor, they would like to find a solution for this challenge.
It is for this reason that the company is looking for skilled partners in order to help them solving this important and global problem. A technical cooperation agreement is foreseen, however when the solution fits the purpose other agreement types can be discussed.
The major question is: "Can you help them with a solution to measure, preserve, restore and increase biodiversity during and after the execution of their infrastructure/construction projects?"
IMPORTANT NOTE: This technology request is part of an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform from the 30th of August and will close on the 4th of October. If an organization does express interest in collaboration with this company before closing date, it will be guided through this open innovation platform and be introduced to the company’s experts. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential.
Next step is that the company will select the SMEs with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of the solution. Once the challenge is closed, EOIs for this technology request will be handled in the traditional way.
- Type of partner sought: The company is looking for partners with the following expertise:
•Sustainability / ecology
•Digital minded / IOT / Data analysis / AI
- Specific area of activity of the partner: The company is looking for SMEs or institutes with an technology, idea, prototype, product or service that can sustainably measure, increase, preserve or restore the biodiversity around construction projects.
•This can be a physical product, a digital tool, or a completely different solution or an interesting collaboration.
•There is also the possibility to develop the idea further together with them
Other - Since, this technology request is an innovation challenge and is published on an open innovation platform all types of IPR Status can be considered.