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Partnership aims to nurture sustainable building start-ups

by Mark Cantrell
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Holcim has entered into a partnership with one of North America’s largest incubators of climate tech start-ups to accelerate innovation in the decarbonisation of the built environment.

Greentown Labs has incubators in Somerville, Massachusetts, and Houston Texas. Through a premium “Terawatt” partnership, Holcim gains prime access to start-ups considered promising, that are focused on innovative building solutions.

Through the partnership, Holcim says it aims to become an early adopter of cutting-edge technologies to decarbonise building. It will participate in targeted engagements with innovative start-ups and attend exclusive building-sector pitch days.

Holcim has also joined Greentown’s Industry Leadership Council, which provides it with strategic guidance, including on reducing tech-to-market lead times.

Nollaig Forrest, chief sustainability officer at Holcim, said: “With our open innovation ecosystem, we partner with hundreds of start-ups worldwide to accelerate the shift to sustainable building.

“By partnering with Greentown Labs, we aim to empower the best and brightest startups active in the built environment to scale up their impact.

“The combination of Holcim MAQER Ventures, our venture capital program, with Greentown’s stellar roster of successful climate tech start-ups will serve as a catalyst to reinvent how the world builds for a regenerative future.”

Kevin Knobloch, chief executive of Greentown Labs, added: “Greentown Labs is thrilled to be partnering with Holcim, a global leader in sustainable building solutions to decarbonise the built environment to bolster cutting-edge climate tech innovations in this critical sector.

“We look forward to seeing Holcim engage with our building tech start-ups, sharing its unmatched expertise in low-carbon building innovations and helping advance our entrepreneurs’ solutions.”

Greentown says it mobilises climate solutions by providing climate tech startups with the resources, knowledge, connections and equipment they need to “thrive”.

Home to over 200 startups, and having supported over 525 since being founded in 2011, its two incubators offer lab space, shared office space, machine shops, electronics labs, tool shops, software and business resources, and a large network of stakeholders.

Holcim’s open innovation ecosystem spans hundreds of start-ups with which it partners through MAQER Ventures, its corporate venture capital program.

With advanced research in 15 areas from ultra high-strength concrete to 3D printing, Holcim’s innovative solutions cover the entire lifecycle of the built environment. They range from low-carbon ECOPact concrete and ECOPlanet cement, to advanced roofing, insulation and facade systems that make buildings more sustainable in use.


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