The global building materials company’s external ventures group
designed a dynamic new website that explains the various opportunities
for startups to connect with Saint-Gobain, its family of companies and
network of partners to grow their business.
MALVERN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NOVA, the external ventures group of Saint-Gobain,
one of the world’s largest building materials companies and
manufacturers of innovative material solutions, has launched a new
website – www.nova-saint-gobain.com
– to better communicate how it connects startups with the knowledge and
resources they need to grow their sustainable businesses to scale.
“With a history of innovation dating all the way back to 1665,
Saint-Gobain’s longevity is rooted in its ability to evolve. NOVA is
integral to this evolution as our team identifies and partners with
sustainable businesses to help Saint-Gobain continue its legacy of
preparing for the challenges of tomorrow while enhancing the well-being
of people all over the world,” said Laura Plunkett Lesker, Strategy
Director, NOVA, which has a global presence in key hubs in North
America, South America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
Since 2006, NOVA has helped create nearly 80 partnerships with startups
in various stages and in various forms, growing its portfolio mostly
through referrals or established leads. The new website is geared toward
raising awareness and educating potential partners and startup companies
about the benefits of partnering with NOVA – including access to
financial support, industry expertise, product excellence and
Saint-Gobain’s robust family of companies.
“One of our challenges has been communicating NOVA’s mission to raise
awareness among the startup community about the breadth of opportunities
we can offer them. Our new website is a dynamic portal where startups
and partners can come to learn more about the opportunities available to
them within our vast network of resources so we can work together to
build a sustainable future,” said Plunkett Lesker.
The site is designed to be a gateway for a broad audience of potential
partners including startups, entrepreneurs, VCs/CVCs, incubators,
accelerators, universities and research institutes.
At launch, the new responsive website features background information
about NOVA, Saint-Gobain, and the markets it serves, as well as a
newsroom and resources section where visitors can learn more. Over time,
the site will also add to its showcase of successful partnership case
studies and videos.
About NOVA External Ventures
Since 2006, NOVA External Ventures seeks to create mutually beneficial
partnerships between Saint-Gobain and the global startup community. We
connect Saint-Gobain’s more than 350 years of manufacturing excellence,
materials expertise and deep market knowledge with disruptive
technologies and business models. The team is located in key global hubs
including North America, Europe, and Asia to create opportunities for
transformative innovation across the world. Over the last 12 years, NOVA
has established partnerships with startups in various stages and in
various forms: co-development, licensing, commercial agreements, direct
investments and joint ventures and is also a limited partner in a number
of global funds.
Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and
solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and
the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and
our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many
industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety
while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource
efficiency and climate change.
43.3 billion in sales in 2016
Operates in 68 countries
than 170,000 employees