Saint-Gobain and Greentown Labs Launch Building Efficiency Accelerator - Smart Energy Decisions

Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial  -  June 9, 2021

Saint-Gobain and Greentown Labs Launch Building Efficiency Accelerator

Saint-Gobain, in partnership with Greentown Labs, launched June 9 a building efficiency-focused accelerator program to spur growth in technologies that optimize the energy use of buildings.

The materials manufacturer also collaborated with Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) on the Greentown Launch Healthy Buildings Challenge. The program will seek applications from startups creating solutions within building materials, coating, envelope systems, digital platforms monitoring and supplemental technologies that advance building sustainability.

“The Healthy Buildings Challenge aligns with our purpose of making the world a better home by identifying building technologies that optimize the health of our people and our climate toward producing sustainable, healthy buildings where people can live, work and play,” Minas Apelian, vice president of external and internal venturing at Saint-Gobain, said in a statement. "Building on the success of the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge, the Healthy Buildings Challenge is an opportunity for Saint-Gobain to partner with Greentown Labs and MassCEC to provide meaningful contributions to a startup's success while also offering mentors who can provide technical and business decision-making guidance from experts in the industry."

Startups selected for the challenge will be given mentorship and guidance from Saint-Gobain, in addition to networking opportunities, educational workshops and membership at Greentown Labs during the program. Participants will also receive $25,000 in non-dilutive grant funding.

Saint-Gobain previously worked with Greentown Labs to launch a similar challenge, InNOVAte 2019, to encourage innovation in building value chains.

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