Saint-Gobain Global Innovation Awards

A world leader in the habitat and construction markets, Saint-Gobain is present in 64 countries with almost 200,000 employees. Innovation is at the heart of Saint-Gobain's market strategy.
Innovative building requires industry innovators

On January 18, the company announced the organization of its third global innovation competition, aimed at rewarding start-up companies offering the most innovative solutions in three fields:
  • habitat
  • energy
  • the environment
Saint-Gobain President and CEO Pierre-Andre de Chalenda

At the Saint-Gobain booth at the BAU international trade fair in Munich, Germany, spectators watched as nine start-up finalists duked it out in a "speed-dating" session with the aim of winning over the jury.  The jury was chaired by Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain.

The panel of judges included senior Saint-Gobain executives and in-house experts in the habitat, energy and environment fields. The jury singled out the three winners based on the quality and originality of their project.

And the winners are...

Innovation in this space cannot be over-encouraged so these Awards are both welcome and encouraged.  A spokesperson for Saint-Gobain said the winners will work with the NOVA External Venturing team, the Saint-Gobain department dedicated to establishing strategic partnerships between the Group and start-ups, in order to explore partnership opportunities with Saint-Gobain.

Such partnerships may be technological (co-development, licensing agreement) or commercial (e.g. integration into a system, production or distribution agreement) with the likelihood of accelerating the start-ups’ development and growth.

Trovotech GmbH won the competition and received a prize of €25,000
• crystalsol GmbH and SOLEÏS Technologie each picked up a prize of €10,000

About Saint Gobain

The Saint Gobain Group designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet the key challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection.

The company invested over €400million in R&D last year. 3,500 researchers representing 37 nationalities are currently working on more than 700 projects.  Close to 400 patents were registered in 2010.  In fact, more than one product in five sold in manufacturing sectors had not existed five years ago.  Innovation!

It's a busy, productive time in the realm of innovation.  Congratulations from Actio Corporation to all who participated, including Saint Gobain.
Kathleen Hurleyaward, innovation