InNOVAte 2019 Challenge: Final Showcase Event

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Greentown Labs

444 Somerville Avenue

Somerville, MA 02143

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Join us on October 24 to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Greentown Labs and Saint-Gobain InNOVAte 2019 Challenge!

The Greentown Labs InNOVAte 2019 Challenge is a six-month accelerator program housed at Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States. The program is focused on connecting entrepreneurs with mentors, team members, business and technical resources they need to launch successful ventures, and features support and collaboration from CertainTeed and NOVA, Saint-Gobain’s external ventures arm.

At this event attendees will:

  • Learn more about Saint-Gobain’s Innovation Areas and the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge

  • Listen to pitches from the startups that participated in the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge

  • Network with cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, students, and friends of cleantech


5:30pm - Registration and Networking

6:00pm - Welcoming remarks

6:10pm - Panel Discussion with InNOVAte 2019 participants

7:00pm - Closing remarks

7:05pm - Networking

This year's participants:

  • Hyperframe: Hyperframe is a steel framing system for commercial buildings, designed to slash labor costs by 75%. Framing components are made to order, bundled by room, flat-packed, and shipped to the job site. Final assembly occurs onsite, where every connection is snap-fit.

  • Inovues: Inovues offers building owners a cost-effective and non-disruptive solution to upgrade the windows and curtain-walls, whether to bring them up to energy code levels and comply with building efficiency laws or to incorporate the latest energy-efficient and smart glass/glazing technologies. Inovues Glazing Shields, which can be securely mounted on the original glass from the interior or exterior, can increase window insulation by up to 10 times and reduce energy consumption and peak heating and cooling loads by up to 40%.

  • Pre Framing Corp: Pre Framing is an innovative, partially prefabricated solution that allows homebuilders, general contractors, and framers to build standard and gable walls 10 times faster than traditional methods do—with less waste and more precision. Our revolutionary software and hardware solution empowers you to get more work done—making your projects run smoother, faster and stress-free. Ultimately, this equates to more clients and increased profit.

  • Techstyle Materials: Research inspired by the transpiration processes of plants led to the invention of a multi-functional material technology. A millimeter-thin material layer can be applied at the factory to common building products such as drywall, sheathing, and roofing, to transform them into “smart” materials that respond to their environment and automatically manage flows of heat and water. They also simplify construction and reduce labor costs by taking the place of multiple layers in a wall assembly.

Check out the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge Landing Page for more information on this accelerator.

Questions? We have answers!

Q: What are Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed?

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than 350 years, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs, or playing a vital role in space exploration in North America. Saint-Gobain has approximately 150 locations and more than 15,000 employees. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

CertainTeed Corporation is a North American manufacturer of building materials for both commercial and residential construction and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain. CertainTeed® is a leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum, and ceilings. CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Learn more about CertainTeed by visiting

Q: What is NOVA?

NOVA, Saint-Gobain’s External Ventures arm, is dedicated to fostering partnerships with startups, incubators, and venture capital funds all over the world. Since 2006, NOVA identifies forward-thinking startups whose philosophies align with Saint-Gobain’s focus on well-being and sustainability and connects these startups with the resources and experience of Saint-Gobain. Visit to learn more.

Q: What is Greentown Labs?

Greentown Labs is a community of bold, passionate entrepreneurs creating solutions for today’s biggest climate and environmental challenges. Located in Somerville, Massachusetts, and founded in 2011, the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation is the largest cleantech incubator in North America, operating a 100,000 sq. ft. campus comprised of prototyping and wet lab space, shared office space, a machine shop, electronics lab, and a curated suite of programs and resources. Greentown Labs is home to more than 90 startups and has supported more than 210 startups since its inception. These startups have collectively created more than 2,800 direct jobs and have raised more than $700 million in funding. The incubator’s mission is to provide entrepreneurs with the community, resources, and space they need to thrive. For more information, please visit or on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Q: What is Greentown Launch?

Greentown Launch is a six-month, industry-specific, structured acceleration program designed to drive deals between entrepreneurs and corporate partners. Over the last four years, Greentown Labs has run four Greentown Launch programs, which have resulted in investment and partnership deals for over 65% of startup participants. Greentown Labs facilitates these deals through more than 80 hours of intensive business training, hands-on mentorship from industry experts, and a unique model of startup and corporate relationship building. Beyond the unique partnership curation program, startups accepted into this program gain access to Greentown Labs’ network of more than 150 investors and 40 corporate partners, in addition to state of the art lab, business and software tools.

Q: What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Greentown Labs does not have any parking, but we're a one-mile walk from the Harvard MBTA station down Kirkland and Washington Streets. Union Square in Somerville is also easily accessible via the #86 and #91 MBTA buses. We offer indoor bike parking onsite, and the three closest Bluebikes (formerly known as Hubway) stations are at 33 Dane St., Conway Park and Union Square.

Q: What's the dress code?

Business casual.

Q: Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Save the paper! No need to print your ticket.

Q: How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You could send a drone with a message but it's probably easiest to just send an email; please reach out to Michela Grunebaum at :)

Have any questions about Greentown Labs + Saint-Gobain inNOVAte 2019 Challenge Kick-off? Contact Greentown Labs at

Please note that by registering to attend this event you are accepting these terms: You acknowledge that alcohol will be served and all attendees are subject to be ID'ed (only those 21+ will be served); You consent to your image or likeness being used in content associated with the event; You release Greentown Labs and all partners from any and all liability stemming from any event-related incident.

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