Welcome on board, startups of LH Accelerator season one!

16 May 2018

Start your engines and prepare for a high-speed take off, as the LH Accelerator program’s first season launches from May 23-25 with an Onboarding event held in our R&D Center in Lyon, France.


Startups step up to construction industry challenges

This year, for the first time, LafargeHolcim and the Corporate Partners Chinese Construction and Communications Company (CCCC) and Sika put a call out to startups around the world looking for creators of innovations in our industry. Ten applicants were chosen to enter LH Accelerator, a six-month program offering mentorship, funding and technical expertise to accelerate these smart ideas into viable products that will drive innovation and sustainability in our industry.

Of the many startup applicants seeking to benefit from the entrepreneurial, business and technical expertise of industry leaders, 10 were selected by a jury of representatives from LafargeHolcim, CCCC and Sika, on the basis of the realism and innovation of their projects and the overall strength of their pitch.

The solutions put forward by LH Accelerator’s startups reflect the breadth of challenges facing the construction industry today, with proposals ranging from digital solutions to new construction methods, CO2 reduction and new products. LH Accelerator was open to applicants worldwide, and in its first season will bring together startups from North America, Europe and Asia, and grant them insight into the challenges of other markets.

Accelerate to the future of our industry

Between May 23 and 25, LH Accelerator will bring together its 10 chosen startups, along with mentors and experts from LafargeHolcim, Sika and CCCC, plus invited industry guests, for the official opening of the first season of the program. Held in the LafargeHolcim R&D Center, the Onboarding session will kick-off the intensive six-month program.

During the two-day Onboarding, the startups will participate in tours of the R&D Center facilities, meet their mentors and prepare for the next six months with brainstorming sessions to define what success means in the context of the program. Each startup has been asked to come prepared to discuss the challenges they want to solve during the season.

You can check in with their progress on the website or through social media.