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To innovate is in Saint-Gobain’s blood, as evidenced by its continuous investment in R&D. The Saint-Gobain Group is nonetheless unable to address all fields of research. Major advances are rarely made in isolation. And the technological challenges ahead demand an ever-increasing level of exchange and cooperation. This is why Saint-Gobain keeps an eye open for external innovation opportunities.

NOVA Philosophy

Not an Investment Fund: NOVA External Venturing is not a corporate venturing unit like any other. Tasked with detecting the most innovative start-ups, this structure’s role is to bring businesses to the Saint-Gobain Group’s Activities, which then decide on the most appropriate form of partnership for each specific project.
A Catalyst: The model promoted by NOVA External Venturing is unique in its kind. While the department, with its broad experience in the start-up ecosystem, is responsible for identifying and assessing the potential of start-ups, the partnerships will be paired with the Saint-Gobain Activities that are interested. NOVA acts as the catalyst that sparks cooperation between two worlds with differing cultures; it is a facilitator that prompts discussion between the two parties, from the translation of each side’s expectations all the way to the definition of the most equitable form of partnership.
A Bridge Between Two Worlds: NOVA has made mutual respect between start-ups and Saint-Gobain its trademark. The relationship can then progress at each step through the innovation’s maturation process: upstream of development, in the industrial validation phase, and even at the time of its sales launch. The cooperation can take a variety of forms:

intellectual property license
joint technological development
production joint venture
commercialization agreement
more rarely, a direct shareholding
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