“Jugend gründet” (Youth Startups) Competition

A windshield that tints automatically when the sun is low offers optimal protection against accidents. With this business idea, Photocromic GmbH, a “company” established by a group of high-school students from Baden-Württemberg, won the special prize in chemistry, which was first offered by ALTANA in 2014, in the nationwide “Jugend gründet” (Youth Startups) competition. As a reward, the five young people and their chemistry teacher could travel for five days along the East Coast of the U.S. During their travels, they visited BYK USA in Wallingford, one of the ALTANA Group’s largest research and production sites.

The Steinbeis Innovation Center in Pforzheim conceives and organizes the competition, which in the year under review received the “Werkstatt N” seal of approval for “particularly sustainable behaviour” (“N” stands for “Nachhaltigkeit,” the German word for sustainability). The seal is conferred by the German Council for Sustainable Devel­opment called into being by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.