Challenge

CertainTeed®, along with Saint-Gobain NOVA and Greentown Labs, has announced the call for applicants for the Greentown Labs InNOVAte 2019 Challenge.  The Challenge is actively seeking entrepreneurs and innovators with an eye to disrupt the built environment value chain.  Applications for the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge are due by April 8, 2019.  To apply or learn more about the program, please visit www.nova-saint-gobain.com/en/innovate-2019-challenge.

         The Greentown Labs InNOVAte 2019 Challenge is the latest iteration of Greentown Launch, a six-month, industry specific accelerator program designed to drive deals between entrepreneurs and corporate partners.  InNOVAte 2019 will provide startups with intensive business training, hands-on mentorship from industry experts, and a unique approach to startup and corporate relationship building.

         Specifically, the challenge aims to attract startups focused on emerging technologies that enable a new value within the residential and commercial building value chains across North America.  Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: processes, tools, and technologies to improve planning and construction, including selection and specification of materials and solutions; materials, products, and services, both physical and virtual, ordered and delivered from manufacturer to jobsite and/or end user and all steps in between; processes, tools, and technologies to enable construction, including materials installation and management; enabling efficient and high-quality installation plus collaboration between different stakeholders including architects, general contractors, builders, and specialty construction trades specific to North America; and connecting product and material solutions to enhance value created for owners and occupants.

         Selected program awardees may be eligible for the following awards and benefits, including: partnership and/or investment from Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed by the end of the program; $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding; desk space at the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation; acceptance into Greentown Launch, a six-month acceleration program; exclusive access to Greentown Labs’ and Saint-Gobain’s networks; and access to select Saint-Gobain testing capabilities, technical facilities, and expertise.  Submissions will be evaluated based on startups’ ability to disrupt the built environment value chain and applicants’ IP will be fully protected throughout the review process.

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