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Emerging Leaders

Verge 23

As the premier climate tech event accelerating solutions to the most pressing challenges of our time, VERGE 23 (October 24-26, San Jose, CA) will convene leaders from across the climate community – business, government, solution providers, and startups – to share insights, address key challenges, and to showcase leading sustainable products and services. By attending, you'll gain access to inspiring keynotes, engaging breakout sessions and valuable networking that will empower you with the knowledge and connections you need to enact change towards a just and decarbonized economy.

We are proud to announce our VERGE 23 Emerging Leaders! Each of these young professionals of color will receive a complimentary all-access scholarship to participate in VERGE 23. 


The Emerging Leaders Program aims to elevate, cultivate and support the next generation of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leaders in the climate community. Our goal is to foster a community of sustainability professionals that is diverse and representative of the world in which we live. We do so by fostering pathways into the sustainability space for students and early-career professionals who face barriers to entry in the field.

Selected VERGE 23 Emerging Leaders will receive a complimentary all-access scholarship to participate in the conference - which comes with special recognition and networking opportunities at the event exclusive to Emerging Leaders. Selected applicants will also gain access to ongoing professional development, networking, mentorship, and support through the Emerging Leaders Network - joining a growing cohort of 220+ diverse peers making an impact across the sustainability industry. The scholarship covers registration fees, airfare, lodging, and meals at the event.

To apply, applicants must:

  1. Currently reside in the United States, Canada, or Mexico
  2. Be enrolled at an accredited college or university as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student OR be an early-career professional
  3. Commit to attending all three days in San Jose, California, October 24-25, 2023
  4. Following the event, submit a short 100-250 word testimonial about the experience, to be featured in a wrap-up article on Post on social media with the event hashtag: #VERGE23