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LH Accelerator is an intensive 6-month program dedicated to accelerate the growth of innovative companies in the construction industry. Led by 3 major groups LafargeHolcim, CCCC and Sika, the program offers a unique access to a high level technical, market and entrepreneurial expertise. 

 

  

  

  

DISCOVER THE PROGRAM

Building innovation together

We offer a powerful mix of entrepreneurial, business and technical expertise.

 

 

FREE FOR START-UPS, NO EQUITY TAKEN

 

World-class research facilities

Access the most advanced R&D labs

  • The LH Accelerator opens the doors of the best R&D labs and equipment in the construction industry for you.
 

Partnerships with impact players

Get your business started

  • As LH Accelerator members, you have the opportunity to become supplier, partner, or obtain licensing agreement with LafargeHolcim, Sika, CCCC with no equity.
 

Experienced mentoring

Received guidance from business professionals

  • You will receive tailor-made coaching from experienced entrepreneurs. You will also be paired with a top-manager from LafargeHolcim to access the Group resources.
 

High-level technical assistance

Team up with the best experts

  • Within the LH Accelerator, you can spend 100 hours with LafargeHolcim R&D experts to design prototypes, test, develop your ideas and get feedback.
 

Powerful networking

Turn your idea into a business success

  • The LH Accelerator provides you with a unmatched access to influential investors and partners in the construction industry.
 

Free office space

Join the largest R&D center in the industry

  • All participants in the LH Accelerator can settle for free in LafargeHolcim R&D Center in Lyon, France, the first and biggest research center in the construction sector. 
 

  

  

  

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR

LH Accelerator is looking to work with innovative companies who are either active in the construction industry OR have solutions that could be applied to the industry. Specifically we are interested in the following business activities:

 
  • Design & Engineering

    • Design Automation
    • Building Information models
    • Structural Engineering Analysis
    • Augmented & Virtual reality
    • 3D Scanning
    • Designer Marketplaces
  • Materials

     

    • Modular Manufacturing 
    • Specialty Concrete
    • Material Market places
    • Material Re-use
  • Logistics

     

    • Fleet Management
    • Fleet Risk Management
    • Inventory & Supply Chain management
    • Shipping Marketplaces
 
  • Construction Equipment

     

    • Robotic Assembly
    • Worker productivity Enhancement
    • 3D Printing
  • Construction Services

     

    • Predictive Analytics
    • Smart Mapping, Monitoring, On-site VR
  • Demolition & Waste Management

    • Demolition Robotics
    • Sorting Automation
    • Waste Removal Marketplaces
 

  

  

  

MEET THE SELECTED TEAMS FOR SEASON 1

 

 

  

  

  

TIMELINE

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BUSINESS PARTNERS

 Our global presence and complementarity among the construction value chain offer a unique set of technical expertise and market access.

 
LafargeHolcim

LafargeHolcim

The leading global construction materials and solutions company serving masons, builders, architects and engineers all over the world.                                                                                     

  • 82,000 employees
  • 80 countries
  • 2,300 plants
  • Sales 2017 : €26B
 
CCCC

CCCC

CCCC is a Chinese construction company engaged in design and construction of transportation infrastructure, dredging and heavy machinery manufacturing business.


 

  • ​112,719 employees
  • Sales 2016 : €53B

     
 
Sika

Sika

SIKA is a Swiss specialty chemicals company developing products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing and protecting in the building sector.                                                                   

  • 18,500 employees
  • 100 countries
  • 200 factories
  • Sales 2017 : €5.4B
 

  

  

  

TEAM

A mix of hands-on entrepreneurs, business strategists and technical experts.

 

SOME OF OUR COACHES

 
Julia Bertret

Julia Bertret

Program manager | Coach

  • 2 x Entrepreneur
  • 10 + years in Innovation – Veolia
     

 

 
Thierry Bievre

Thierry Bievre

CEO, Elithis

  • Entrepreneur & CEO
  • 20 + years in buildling engineering
  • President of the competitiveness cluster Fibres-Energivie
 
Didier Caudard-Breille

Didier Caudard-Breille

Founder & CEO, DCB International

  • Entrepreneur & CEO
  • Expert in property development
  • 20+ years in building construction
 
Albin Jourda

Albin Jourda

Program Manager | Coach

  • Entrepreneur & CEO (10+years)
  • 15+ years in corporate finance


 

 
Christian Roggeman

Christian Roggeman

Founder & CEO, Gramitherm

  • Entrepreneur & CEO
  • 25+ years in Materials / ex GM at Owens Corning
  • Expert in insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites
 

SOME OF OUR MENTORS

 
Rene Baechli

Rene Baechli

Corporate Key Account Manager Concrete and Cement, Sika, Switzerland

 
Simon Wiedemann

Simon Wiedemann

Head of Building & Affordable Housing, LafargeHolcim, Switzerland

 

  

  

  

OFFICE SPACE

Selected companies have free access to the largest research center in the construction industry 
and get a chance to work with over 150 R&D experts and state-of-the-art equipment