Odor Control Tech for Personal Hygiene

Essity, the leading global hygiene and health company, is calling on tech companies to tackle the challenge of revolutionizing odor control in personal hygiene products.

Bring your expertise to the table in an effort to create fresh, innovative solutions that enhance user experience and redefine cleanliness.

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The demo day will be held in Singapore
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About the Challenge


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Essity, a world leading manufacturer of personal hygiene products, is seeking innovative technologies to address odor management in their products.

The aim is to enhance user experience by incorporating solutions that effectively control and mitigate unpleasant odors associated with menstrual pads, tissues, tampons, adult diapers, and incontinence products.

The ideal technologies should not only prevent odors but also maintain the absorbance and moisture-wicking functionalities of the existing materials.

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We are seeking solutions in:


Odor-control Properties:

  • Effective neutralization of odors.
  • Long-lasting odor control.
  • Versatility in addressing various types of odors.

Scent Enhancement (Optional):

  • Fresh scent solutions.
  • Customizable scent options.
  • Consistent scent delivery.

Compatibility with Existing Functionality:

  • Seamless integration with current materials.
  • Conservation / enhancement of absorbance and moisture-wicking properties.


  • Suitable for large-scale manufacturing.
  • Scalable production processes.
  • Adaptability to varying production volumes.

High TRL/Commercial Readiness:

  • Advanced stages of development.
  • Proven effectiveness and reliability.
  • Ready for commercial deployment.

Applicability to Dry & Disposable Products:

  • Effectiveness on dry personal hygiene products.
  • Compatibility with various dry hygiene product types.
  • Demonstrated efficacy in dry conditions.

Sustainable and Eco-Friendly

  • Sustainable manufacturing.
  • Ecologically sourced materials.
  • Biodegradable and non-polluting.


  • Materials suitable for contact with skin.
  • Non-toxic chemicals and materials.
  • Suitability for sensitive skin is an advantage.

Why apply?

Unlock New Commercial Opportunities:

Partner with Essity to enhance their suite of hygiene products. Successful applicants will collaborate directly with Essity's team to explore lucrative commercial and co-development ventures.

Access a Global Network of Opportunities:

By applying, you'll be plugged into SOSA's extensive global network, gaining access to exclusive partnership opportunities with corporations worldwide. Stay connected and seize high-intent collaboration opportunities.

Access to global networks through high-profile events

In addition to the accelerator program, startups will have the opportunity to exhibit and/or pitch at global events held in Singapore. Such events include SWITCH, TechXSummit (TXS) and Milipol.

Get the business tools you need

Participating startups will receive legal, business, accounting and marketing mentoring. SOSA’s innovation experts will map out participants’ needs and devise a financial plan built to achieve milestones.

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About Essity

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces, and sells personal care, consumer tissue, and professional hygiene products and solutions. With a presence in over 150 countries, Essity is committed to improving well-being through its wide range of innovative products and services designed to promote hygiene, health, and quality of life. As an innovation pioneer in the industry, Essity is always on the lookout for groundbreaking technologies to enhance its customers' experience.

About SOSA

SOSA is an open innovation company.

SOSA works with innovation teams and business units in corporations (like HP, Schneider Electric, RBC, Swiss Re, and Zurich Insurance), and governments (like Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Taiwan). 

SOSA's work includes conducting research, developing strategies, and scouting and validating technologies to provide clients with tailored partnerships to solve their business problems, identify opportunities, and/or build new products. Over the years, SOSA has collaborated with more than 100 corporate partners on over 900 projects to scout and develop partnerships with emerging tech companies from inception to completion, engaging with more than 13,000 global tech companies.

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