An intensive 6-month program in the construction industry

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By 2021, Delhi’s metro network 🚇 will be bigger than the London Underground. Cities like Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, to name just a few, are extensively upgrading their urban infrastructure. Metro systems can not only decongest cities, but they can clean them up, too. In Delhi, there are around 580,000 less vehicles on the roads thanks to the metro — meaning around 855,000 tons of pollutants are kept out of the air. For many, a journey by metro also means more comfort: “It’s better for the city than road transport because there’s no issue of traffic or pollution. I don’t have the troubles of the road, and can be in an environment that is air-conditioned and clean,” says Toussef, a resident of one of Delhi’s many sub-cities. #acc #ambujacement #subway #newdelhisubway

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High-demand infrastructure projects require high-performance concrete. In India LafargeHolcim’s subsidiary Ambuja Cement (@ambuja_cement_official) partnered with Alcon Group Goa to develop a cement with micro-fine particles for just such projects. Called Alccofine, these particles give it great durability, as well as a host of other properties such as smoother finishes, quicker setting times and resistance to pollutants that can be a critical support for completing large-scale infrastructure projects on time and up to standard. Alccofine can even be applied in ‘shotcrete’ form, meaning construction crews can pump it through a hose and spray it onto any surface; even directly upwards. #acc #ambujacement #Alccofine #subway #newdelhisubway

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Partnering with Swiss start-up Flyability, the company is using drones that allow the frequency of inspections to increase while simultaneously reducing cost and increasing safety for employees by inspecting confined spaces. The concept is now being rolled out to several markets including Switzerland 🇨🇭, France 🇫🇷, Germany 🇩🇪, United Kingdom 🇬🇧, United States 🇺🇸, Canada 🇨🇦, India 🇮🇳 and Russia 🇷🇺. In the future, drones will help us create "The Plants of Tomorrow" by: ☑️ Protecting our people from high-exposure jobs ☑️ Fixing problems before they occur ☑️ Saving costs and time through rapid inspections ☑️ Analyzing data to prepare volume calculations" #drones #plantsoftomorrow

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(1/3) The LafargeHolcim Awards seeks leading projects of professionals as well as bold ideas from the Next Generation that combine sustainable construction solutions with architectural excellence. The 6th cycle of the international competition is open for entries until February 25, 2020. From the 5th Cycle: “Legacy Restored”, Global LafargeHolcim Awards Silver winning project in Niger 🇳🇪, is a religious and secular complex that creates a civic space open to all and champions local artisanship, traditional building techniques and materials produced on site. Main authors: Mariam Kamara @mariamkamr - atelier masomi, Niger; Yasaman Esmaili @yassi.esmaili - studio chahar @studiochahar, Iran #LafargeHolcimAwards #Architecturecompetition #Designthinking #SustainableConstruction #architecture

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Led by 3 international companies LafargeHolcim, CCCC and Sika of the construction industry, the LH Accelerator is an accelerating program offering unique access to high level technical & market expertise






Be among the 15 start-ups selected for the 2019-2020 season to solve our challenges and gain access to our markets

Our 6-month program is a unique opportunity to develop, test and market your ideas and turn them into a successful business




Benefit from a powerful mix of business and technical expertise to develop pilots, products and access to markets

Be supported by our experts during 6 months and 2 events that will connect you to relevant stakeholders



  • Get access to the R&D facilities of LafargeHolcim, CCCC and Sika.
  • Benefit from 100 hours to design prototypes, test and develop products and get feedbacks.


  • Collaborate with LafargeHolcim, CCCC and Sika and become a supplier, a partner or obtain a licensing agreement.
  • Get paired with top managers to facilitate access to the international companies and their resources.


  • Co-create and work on your specific innovation and business challenges designed by each of the 6 country (business units) partners: Canada, China, France, Germany, Mexico and Switzerland.





We are 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


1# Concrete 2.0

Enhance the properties of cement-based materials beyond the core value of structural integrity 

Weight reduction, noise reduction, thermal properties, light reflectivity-translucency, porosity, environmental footprint


2# Construction waste

Rethink the design and process of making and delivery cement and concrete for avoiding, minimizing, reusing the waste from quarries to building sites. Propose alternative to tackle resources scarcity

Feedstock materials, water, energy and product waste, modularity


3# Real time quality control

Monitor, test, evaluate and adjust the quality of materials across the supply chain: from raw materials to product delivery

Sensors from raw materials to product delivery or truck sensors to monitor workability, air, water and make automated adjustements


4# CO2 neutrality

Measure, track and develop solutions to move towards neutrality

Alternative raw materials, industrial by-products, sensors, analytics, software models and new process


5# Real time product demand forecast at site

Develop and apply accurate, real time prediction of demand for product quantities and types by job site

Data collection, processing and input across the value chain


6# Monitor performance

Monitor performance characteristics of concrete delivery at construction sites and in prefabrication

Sensors about temperature, humidity, pH, structural resilience, durability


7# Automation

Increase use of automation to infrastructure (e.g. ports) and to related construction projects as painting

I.O.T., 5G, digital solution, 3D printing solutions, robots and other technologies


8# Infrastructure & buildings

Develop and use software models / digitalized visualization of the construction phases in infrastructure (such as roads and bridge) and building projects

Machine learning systems, predictive maintenance, IA






The 2019-2010 timeline runs from July 4th, 2019 with the start of the application process, through to May 14th, 2020

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The application process will start on July 4th and end on September 15th
The final selection will be communicated on October 3rd
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Get access to unique technical and business know-how and an international network of 3 multi-nationals with a complementary position on the construction value-chain



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


  • 75,000 employees
  • 80 countries
  • Sales 2018 : €4.2B




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



  • ​112,000 employees
  • Sales 2017 : €61.6B



Sika is a specialty chemicals company with a leading position in the development and production of systems and products for bonding, sealing, damping, reinforcing, and protecting in the building sector and automotive industry.                                                                   

  • 20,000 employees
  • 101 countries
  • Sales 2018 : €6.2B







A multi-talented team for maximizing your outputs


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In 2018, 10 companies from 5 countries were selected out of 300 applicants from the fields of design, engineering, materials, construction equipment and services

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


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