Saint-Gobain launches $100,000 global building innovation contest

Saint-Gobain has launched the 2015 round of a global contest for start-up innovators and is offering prizes worth a total of $100,000 to the winners. Its NOVA Innovation Competition is recognising new technologies or services in six key areas:

  • Building materials and easy-to-install solutions that improve energy efficiency, safety, comfort (visual, acoustic, thermal), air quality and durability
  • New materials for use in energy applications, such as renewable energy production, energy storage and conversion
  • Clean technology like biomass, bio-polymers, low CO2 footprint materials and recycling
  • Systems and solutions that integrate natural or artificial light into buildings and cars for enhanced comfort
  • Construction services: software solutions, value-added services for craftsmen, renovation and energy performance
  • Innovative technologies for demanding industrial applications (abrasives, ceramics, crystals, glass and plastics).

The contest, which was created in 2008, is organised and sponsored by Saint-Gobain’s NOVA External Venturing group. Three prizes will be awarded by the panel of judges: first prize, $50,000, second, $25,000 and third, $15 000. For 2015, there will also be a new Community Award, worth $10,000, for one of eight finalists selected by a vote of Saint-Gobain employees.

Didier Roux, vice president of R&D and innovation for the company said: “Saint-Gobain takes a keen interest in working with start-ups because we believe they are at the source of many exciting innovations that could be brought onto our markets. By entering the NOVA Innovation Competition, a start-up will have the opportunity to be evaluated by Saint-Gobain teams and, where there is a mutual interest, to work with our activities on potentially significant business opportunities.”

Deadline for entering the competition is 19 June 2015.

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