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Eight Greentech Startup Finalists To Compete For Innovation Honors During Saint-Gobain NOVA Innovation Competition At Greenbuild 2012

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  


The final round of the NOVA Innovation Competition 2012 with eight entrepreneurial green-building and clean-tech startups. Sponsored by Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, and the U.S. Green Building Council – Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC), the competition draws startups from around the world that have innovated new products in the area of sustainable habitat and construction markets: i.e. construction products, advanced materials, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The finalists will pitch their innovations in a live speed dating format to a judging panel consisting of Saint-Gobain business leaders.


The Saint-Gobain NOVA External Venturing booth, #4463N, at the 2012 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco


Speed dating final will take place Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PT; winners will be announced Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm PT.


Eight finalists selected from a field of 168 entrants including: Aquamost Inc.; Architectural Applications; Blue Water Bioproducts; Encapsulix; Heliotrope Technologies; PlanGrid; Smarter Shade; ThermoCeramix Group


While the top three winners receive cash prizes of $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000, respectively, the bigger prize is the opportunity for all NOVA Innovation Competition participants to partner with Saint-Gobain's NOVA External Venturing organization in exploring potential joint development, licensing or other collaboration agreements. To learn more about the NOVA Innovation Competition, visit

About Saint-Gobain NOVA External Venturing
NOVA External Venturing joins entrepreneurial companies and Saint-Gobain, the $54 billion habitat and construction market leader, in mutually beneficial, long-term development partnerships. They combine Saint-Gobain's marketing, manufacturing and R&D resources with the freshest ideas in construction and advanced materials. Together, Saint-Gobain and its partners start with a sound idea, scale it to the commercial level and soar to success developing the next generation of advanced materials for construction, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. For more information about NOVA External Venturing, a unit of Saint-Gobain, please visit

About Saint-Gobain Worldwide
Located in 64 countries and headquartered in Paris with nearly 195,000 employees, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and constructions markets, designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing innovative solutions to meet growing demand for energy efficiency and environmental protection. For more information about Saint-Gobain, please visit

About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.7 billion in 2011.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011 and 2012 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

About U.S. Green Building Council, Northern California Chapter (USGBC-NCC)
The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

USGBC-Northern California Chapter is one of the largest USGBC Chapters in the country, with 22,000 constituents, 10,000+ LEED credentialed professionals, and more than 5% of the world's LEED certified square footage. The Chapter hosts more than 150+ annual events, workshops and conferences with regional, national and international organizations, and is a leading voice in green building public policy throughout Northern California. As the premier green building organization in the region, USGBC-NCC plays a pivotal role as a convener, mobilizer and educator in transforming the built environment.

SOURCE Saint-Gobain

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