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Accelerate at VERGE 23 is a fast-pitch competition featuring entrepreneurs with innovative technologies, products and services in carbon, energy, food, transportation, and buildings.

Selected finalists pitched from the VERGE stage to thousands of business, government and thought leaders. 

Carbon Limit: Accelerate at VERGE 23 Winner

Carbon Limit is a South Florida Climate-tech company with a proprietary Carbon Capture cement technology that actively captures atmospheric CO2 and stores it permanently in concrete, promoting long term sustainability for greener cities around the world.

Carbon LImit Accelerate at VERGE 23 Winner

The Perks

  • Funding*: First place will win $20,000 from GreenBiz in the form of a SAFE. Second and third place will each win $10,000. 

  • Global exposure: Pitch in person at VERGE 23 in San Jose, CA, amplifying you and your solution to thousands of professionals building the climate tech economy. 

  • Corporate Connections: Pitch directly to our 100+ member GreenBiz Executive Network during a virtual convening after VERGE. 

  • Direct Introductions: Receive live feedback from industry experts, giving you direct exposure to investors, corporate and decision-makers with deep experience working with entrepreneurs. 

  • Networking: Connect with attendees in the Startup Pavilion and throughout the three-day, in-person event. 

  • Ongoing exposure: Beyond the live event, finalists will benefit from broad amplification via editorial coverage, the GreenBiz 350 podcast and published videos of the pitches. 

*Only US companies are eligible for funding from GreenBiz. Accelerate winners are determined by the most audience votes in the event app.

Eligibility Criteria

Successful nominations must be:

  • A startup developing a climate tech solution in carbon, energy, food, transportation, or buildings.

  • At the Seed to Series A stage of funding.

  • Incorporated and have a product or service ready for testing or deployment.

  • At least one full-time employee.

  • Available to pitch in person at VERGE 23 from October 24-26, 2023. 


July 6 - August 6: Entrepreneurs submit an application, including a 1-minute pitch video.

August 16 - August 30: Community voting on of the top-semi-finalist in each category. 

Mid-September: Finalists announced!

October 24 - 26: The pitch session will take place at VERGE 23. 

Accelerate Finalists receive a comp ticket to VERGE and are responsible for their travel and stay.


Last year's Accelerate V22 pitch examples

Ecotone Renewables