Holcim’s Accelerator Challenges Startups to Accelerate Sustainable Construction

How can a higher use of recycled materials and by-products reduce the Australian CO2 footprint? As part of the Holcim Accelerator Program, the Australia Country Challenge is seeking solutions to improve building design to decrease embodied carbon.

Holcim Accelerator Program

Open to startups from around the world as a key platform to access mentoring, expertise and scale-up opportunities.

Enrolment in the Holcim Accelerator Program is open until 27 March. It provides unique access to business experts, expertise and scale-up opportunities in nine countries across Europe, North and South America, as well as Australia. The program runs between May and November, with startups presenting their work during Holcim’s Demo Day in December 2022.

Startups should get involved for: 

  • Access to different market conditions and facilities across geographies, with country specific resources
  • High-level mentoring with top managers of several major companies of the construction industry
  • Co-creation with a powerful mix of entrepreneurial, business and technical expertise
  • The possibility to undertake pilot tests and demonstrations 

The building industry experts for the Australia Country Challenge are: 

  • Evan Smith, National Sustainability Lead & Queensland Environment Manager, Holcim Australia
  • Greg Langley, Environment & Sustainability Coordinator, A W Edwards
  • Amanda Chiam, Structural Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Thomas Barron, Senior Structural Engineer, Mott MacDonald
  • Mark Benes, Target Market Manager Concrete, Sika Australia
  • Chachi Tilocca, National Key Account Manager / Regional Sales Manager Queensland & Papua New Guinea, Sika

More on the Holcim Accelerator

Launched in 2018, the Holcim Accelerator is an intensive 6-month program dedicated to speeding up low-carbon innovation along the construction value chain. Selected startups gain unique access to a powerful mix of business and technical expertise across different markets and geographies, as well as to Holcim’s Innovation Centre in Lyon and its state-of-the-art lab equipment. Over the past four years, more than 20 startups have benefited from the program. As part of its open innovation ecosystem led by Holcim MAQER and the Holcim Innovation Center, Holcim works with more than 120 innovative startups around the world pioneering new technologies to accelerate our world’s transition to net zero.