Who We Are

NOVA is the external ventures group of Saint‑Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions that combines comfort and sustainability to enhance the well-being of people all over the world.

NOVA identifies forward-thinking startups whose philosophies align with Saint-Gobain’s focus on well-being and sustainability, then helps those startups bring their ideas to life and grow their companies to scale.

For more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain has played a vital role in human history, evolving to build and advance the environments in which people live, work, play, learn and heal by addressing the needs of today and the challenges of tomorrow.

What We Do

With a presence in North America, Europe, Asia and South America, NOVA connects the global startup community with the power, resources and experience of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturers of innovative material solutions, addressing the needs of today and challenges of tomorrow.

Since 2006, we have helped create nearly 80 partnerships for transformative innovation with startups in various stages and in various forms, including co-development, licensing, commercial agreements, direct investments and joint ventures. NOVA is also a limited partner in a number of global funds.

We serve as a bridge, working collaboratively with qualified startups to provide them with access to Saint-Gobain’s internal resources and support to form long-term partnerships. Rooted in trust, expertise, support and flexibility, we assist entrepreneurs whose areas of focus align with our expertise in order to create a path to market.

 

About Saint-Gobain

A global leader in sustainable housing, Saint-Gobain is present in 67 countries with more than 179,000 employees. The Group mobilizes its companies’ expertise and provides a range of solutions for buildings that are comfortable, more energy efficient and more pleasant to live every day. Its high-performance materials are also found in industrial and consumer markets, such as the automotive, aeronautical, health and energy industries.

Saint-Gobain is organized in three Sectors: the Building Distribution Sector brings the Group a thorough understanding of customers’ needs, be they building professionals, private project owners or large companies. The sector serves over 7 million customers in the new building, renovation and home improvement markets. The Construction Products Sector designs and develops innovative solutions to improve the quality of living spaces and reduce the environmental impact of buildings, with unique product and service offerings for all construction fields, tailored to local conditions. The Innovative Materials Sector offers a unique portfolio of materials and processes for the habitat, transport, health and industrial markets.

For over 350 years, Saint-Gobain has consistently demonstrated its ability to develop offerings that improve people’s quality of life. The Group’s research focuses both on breakthrough innovations and on continuously improving its products, processes and services in a spirit of openness and attentiveness to customer needs, as evidenced by the recent honor of once again being named one of the Clarivate Analytics Top 100 Global Innovators.

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Areas of Interest

Digital Customer Journey

Digital Customer Journey

Solutions like intermediation platforms between building professionals and the homeowner/end user or tools for helping building professionals in their jobs

Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency

Innovative solutions to increase the energy efficiency of buildings

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Virtual and Augmented Reality

Internal and customer-facing applications using AR/VR

Sensors and Connected Objects

Sensors and Connected Objects

IoT as a service or product improvement for our operations and customers

Multi-Comfort

Multi-Comfort

Innovative solutions to increase the comfort and well-being of building occupants by addressing indoor air quality, acoustic, thermal, lighting and more

Exoskeletons and Robotics

Exoskeletons and Robotics

Solutions using robotics and exoskeleton technology including wearables to improve manufacturing plants’ and construction jobsites’ safety and efficiency

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