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NOVA Innovation Competition 2012

Starting with great ideas. Scaling with Saint-Gobain's knowledge and resources. Soaring together.

The NOVA Innovation Competition 2012 was a magnet for innovation from every corner of the globe. Entrepreneurs from 28 countries submitted innovative ideas for green construction materials, energy conservation, clean technologies, construction industry services, lighting and display, and advanced materials.

Contestants included startups from around the world:

• Australia
• Belgium
• Brazil
• Canada
• China
• Colombia
• Croatia
• Estonia
• France
• Hungary
• India
• Ireland
• Israel
• Jordan
• Latvia
• Malaysia
• The Netherlands
• Poland
• Rwanda
• South Korea
• Spain
• Syria
• Turkey
• United Arab Emirates
• United Kingdom
• United States
• Uzbekistan
• Vietnam

Speed Dating Segment

Armed with laptops, tablets, product samples, and winning presentations, one representative from each of the eight finalist startups presented their pitch to members of the NOVA jury. In true speed-dating style it was an intense 10 minutes with each judging team as representatives strove to convey the essence and innovation of their company, their product and their approach to business.

Jury Deliberation Segment

Having heard pitches from all eight startups, the jury met to compare notes, review scorecards and deliberate on which startups offered the best strategic fit with Saint-Gobain. Since all eight finalists will have the opportunity to partner with Saint-Gobain, judges considered the technical potential, market/business potential and management team potential of each of the eight finalists. The judges discussed their experience of each representative and shared their perspectives to come to a decision.

Announcement of Winners Segment

Excited to hear the jury's selection, an audience started to gather 30 minutes before the official announcement of the NOVA winners. Master of Ceremonies Carmen Ferrigno addressed the assembly at 3:30 and shared the vision and purpose of NOVA External Venturing and the NOVA competition: Start with a sound idea. Scale it to the commercial level. Soar to success. AND Outovate to innovate: Saint-Gobain resources + outside innovation = the next generation of green building products.

The judging brain trust

A panel of five experts in green construction and building materials helped select the eight contestants competing for NOVA Innovation awards:
Phil Williams is vice president at Webcor Builders, Inc., a leader in LEED certified construction. He heads Webcor's Sustainability and Systems Engineering groups and serves as the chairman of the San Francisco Mayor's Green Building Task Force.
Phil Williams
John Fernandez is an associate professor in the Building Program in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of the book "Material Architecture: Emergent Materials for Innovative Buildings and Ecological Construction."
John Fernandez
Hugo Destaillats, Ph.D., is a staff scientist and deputy group leader in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Indoor Environment Group, at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He specializes in indoor environment and health research and has published extensively on subjects such as internal toxins and air quality.
Hugo Destaillats, Ph.D.
Dan Geiger is executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Northern California Chapter. With more than 9,000 member organizations, the U.S. Green Building Council is the nation's foremost coalition promoting buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
Dan Geiger
Steve Selkowitz is a senior advisor for building science and the group leader of the Windows and Envelope Materials Group in the Building Technology and Urban Systems Department at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the author/co-author of more than 170 publications and three books on window technologies, façade systems.
Steve Selkowitz
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