AROUND THE NETWORK: Saint-Gobain Announces Go Build 2023 With Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs, the largest climatetech incubator in North America, and BuiltWorlds member Saint-Gobain, a multinational manufacturer and distributor of high-performance materials, are now accepting applications for Greentown Go Build 2023. Designed to accelerate startup-corporate partnerships to advance climatetech, this Greentown Go program is focused on enabling circularity and decarbonizing the built environment by revolutionizing building solutions, old and new.

More specifically, Go Build 2023 is interested in innovations to extend product life cycles, alternative raw materials, and enabling technologies for waste revalorization. Further details on the specific technology areas of interest can be found in the request for applications.

Startups selected for the program will gain access to mentorship, networking opportunities, and educational workshops throughout the highly structured, six-month program. Program benefits for the participating startups include:

  • A structured platform to engage leadership from Saint-Gobain and explore potential partnership outcomes, including investment opportunities, development partnerships, and commercial partnerships
  • A $25,000 stipend per selected startup to support their participation in the accelerator
  • Mentorship, networking opportunities, and partnership-focused programming from the Greentown community of climatetech startup experts
  • Exclusive access to the Greentown and Saint-Gobain networks
  • Desk space and membership within Greentown for the duration of the program, which grants access to $1M+ of in-kind resources, including software and legal support; 70+ corporate partners; community resources; and more

Saint-Gobain is a longtime, dedicated partner of Greentown and its startup community. The company has made many science-based climate commitments, including reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, eliminating its production of waste that isn’t recovered, and excising non-recyclable raw materials. This is the third Greentown Go program partnership between Greentown and Saint-Gobain, following successful buildings-focused accelerators in 2019 and 2021.

“The Greentown Go Build program is an opportunity for innovative startups to share how they are disrupting the construction market with innovative and sustainable solutions that address the need for circularity and sustainability and that align with our mission of making the world a better home,” said Minas Apelian, Vice President, External and Internal Venturing, Saint-Gobain. “Through this program, we are eager to identify companies dedicated to reducing our reliance on raw materials and associated supply chain risk to ensure circular solutions result in profitable, sustainable growth for business and sustainable construction solutions for our industries.”

Applications for Go Build 2023 are due by Aug. 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants may apply from anywhere in the world. To learn more and apply, visit the Go Build 2023 website.

BuiltWorlds will be in Saint-Gobain’s backyard next week at our 2023 Paris Summit. At the Summit, attendees can expect to gain uniquely valuable insights around how global companies are innovating and disrupting the industry, how sustainability initiatives and technology are impacting the industry, how venture funds are playing a large part in the sector in that region of the world and beyond, and much more. With information and technology increasingly connecting the world, every company, regardless of size and location, must understand the impact, opportunities, and challenges of thinking globally.



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