«Composites Layup Optimisation for Resource Efficiency in Space Industry», «Alternative Raw Material to Carbon Black» and «Second Life Carbon Fibers for Sports Equipment» were the problems formulated as challenges in Call 3 and worked on at the Ideation Workshop at the FHNW in Windisch.

Three teams with promising ideas on how to solve the challenges were formed. «We had a high quality of input and ideas across the board – and not only during the workshop, but also during the breaks, where there was lively and focused discussion. I’m very pleased about that,» says Stève Mérillat, head of the Innovation Booster «Plastics for Zero Emission». The three companies Beyond Gravity, Sika and V-Carbon, which submitted the challenges, are now continuing to work with the interdisciplinary teams on the solution ideas in order to develop projects from them. In the next step, the Innovation Booster will support selected projects with CHF 25,000 each.

The next Call for Challenges has already been opened and will once again enable Swiss companies to submit a challenge or problem as implementation partners. Together, we will sharpen and formulate these into challenges, which we will then make known to potential idea finders in our network and beyond. At the next Ideation Workshop, ideas for solving the challenges are developed.

Composites United Switzerland leads the Innovation Booster «Plastics for Zero Emission», partners are the Swiss Plastics Cluster and KUNSTSTOFF.swiss. The Innovation Booster is supported by Innosuisse.