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Summer EnergyBar: inNOVAte Challenge Kickoff

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Join us on May 30 to learn more about the inNOVAte 2019 Challengeand celebrate our first EnergyBar of the summer!

The Greentown Labs inNOVAte 2019 Challenge is a 6-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 with support and collaboration from CertainTeed and NOVASaint-Gobain’s external ventures arm.

At this event attendees will:

  • Hear remarks from Emily Reichert (CEO, Greentown Labs) and Mark Rayfield (CEO, Saint-Gobain North America, CertainTeed)
  • Learn more about Saint-Gobain’s Innovation Areas and the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge
  • Meet the finalists of the InNOVAte 2019 Challenge and vote for your favorite pitch!
  • Network with cleantech entrepreneurs, investors, students and ‘friends of cleantech’

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

Event Program:

  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Reception
  • 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Opening Remarks (Emily Reichert & Mark Rayfield)
  • 6:30 pm – 7:00 pm Saint-Gobain’s Innovation Areas (Stacie HogyaMinas Apelian)
  • 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm Idea Lightning Pitches (All Finalists)
  • 7:30 pm – 7:45 pm Voting + People’s Choice Awards
  • 7:45 pm – 8:45 pm Networking

Questions? We have answers!

Q: Who 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 three-and-a-half centuries, 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. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.1 billion in 2017. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on FacebookTwitter 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: Who 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. See to learn more.

Q: Who is Greentown Labs?

Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech incubator in the United States, is currently home to more than 90 startups that collectively employ more than 1,000 people. Together, this passionate community of entrepreneurs is working to solve the world’s biggest energy and environmental challenges. Greentown Labs boasts an 88% success rate and its community has collectively raised more than $380 million—including 4 exits. Greentown Labs offers 100,000 sq. ft. of prototyping lab and office space, a 1,800 sq. ft wet lab, a shared machine shop, an electronics lab and a curated suite of programs, resources, and tools. With our robust partner network, members gain access to more than $250K in resources, including software tools, machinery, electronics equipment, legal services, manufacturing expertise, relevant investors and neighborhood perks. For more information, please visit or find us 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 that have resulted in investment and partnership deals for over 65% of startup participants. We facilitate 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 our unique partnership curation program, startups accepted into this program gain the ability to access our network of more than 150 investors and 40 corporate partners while gaining access to state of the art lab, business and software tools including SOLIDWORKS, Altium, a machine shop, electronics equipment, wet lab, legal and marketing support.

The program is hosted at Greentown Labs’ Global Center for Cleantech Innovation, one of the world’s most renowned energy innovation hubs. Entrepreneurs selected for this program will receive paid desk space at Greentown Labs for the duration of the six month program.

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 short 1-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 on-site and the three closest Blue Bikes (formerly known as Hubway) stations are at 33 Dane St., Conway Park and Union Square.

Q: What’s the dress code?

Feel free to dress business casual, but please note if you’d like to explore the lab during the event you’ll need to have closed-toe shoes on. Safety first!

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 🙂

Questions about Greentown Labs + Saint-Gobain inNOVAte 2019 Challenge Kick-off? Contact Greentown Labs at


May 30
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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