Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection, with a history spanning 350 years. With 2013 sales of €42 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has nearly 190,000 employees.
Innovation and research are critical factors in Saint-Gobain’s sustainable habitat and construction strategy as well as a key component in the Group’s competitive edge. By leveraging ambitious programs and cross-functional measures that generate synergy among the different businesses, innovation and research also help drive short, medium and long-term growth.
NOVA External Venturing is the Saint-Gobain unit dedicated to developing strategic partnerships between the Group and start-up companies all over the world. Our mission is to combine projects from innovative start-ups with the industrial and commercial assets of Saint-Gobain, so as to increase the partners’ innovative capacities. The External Venturing team serves as a unique interface for start-ups and helps create and develop links with all the Group’s activities.