Who We Are

NOVA is the venture arm of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions.

"At NOVA, we seek forward-thinking startups whose philosophies align with Saint-Gobain’s focus on well-being and sustainability." 

                              said Minas Apelian,
                              Vice President of Internal and External Venturing

Target Areas

Digital Connectivity

Construction Productivity

Electrification of Transportation

Industrial Energy Transition

Light and Sustainable Buildings

Circular Economy

Customer Experience

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 more than 150 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 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 help them succeed.


About Saint-Gobain

A global leader in sustainable housing, Saint-Gobain is present in 70 countries with more than 167,000 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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