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
More than 170,000 employees