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NOVA Innovation Competition 2015

The winners have been announced! Meet the finalists, view the webisodes from the competition, then find out who the winners were.

What is NOVA Innovation Competition?


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Created in 2008, the NOVA Innovation Competition rewards start-ups offering the most innovative solutions in the field of habitat, sustainable products, advanced materials, renewable energy sources and high-efficiency building solutions.

The 2015 winners will be awarded cash prizes totaling $100,000: $50,000 for the first prize, $25,000 for the second and $15,000 for the third prize. New to this 2015 Competition: Saint-Gobain employees will be able to vote for their favorite start-up which will be presented with a “Saint-Gobain Community Award” of $10,000.

The most promising start-ups may also be given the opportunity to discuss with Saint-Gobain businesses a potential partnership.

The Grand Finale of the international Saint-Gobain NOVA Innovation Competition will be held in Washington, DC (USA) during the Greenbuild 2015 international conference and expo (November 18-19, 2015).

Who can apply?

Start-ups that propose novel technologies or services within this 6 focus areas are encouraged to apply:
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 automobiles 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 applicants can submit their entries from January 12 to July 3, 2015.

Selection process

A jury, composed of NOVA team members, Saint-Gobain managers and external experts, will select semi-finalists by end of July/early August 2015, then 8 finalists, who will be competing live during the Greenbuild conference in the Saint-Gobain booth. They will present their project to a jury composed of senior Saint-Gobain executives and internal experts in the fields of habitat, energy and the environment, during 5 to 10-minute speed dating sessions. At the end of these sessions, the winners will be announced and awarded their prizes.

The start-ups will be selected based on the quality of their technology or service, their innovation, business model and growth potential, and the potential synergies with Saint-Gobain. Click here to download the official rules of the Competition.

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