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The Innovation Imperative

Request an invite to join the session on October 24, 2023, 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM


The Innovation Imperative Session is a place to uplift and accelerate underrepresented climate tech funders and founders. During this first-of-a-kind gathering, organizations will combine forces to work toward increasing representation of women and BIPOC innovators in the climate tech ecosystem. We will feature those working on the ground to push these efforts forward, then dive into group conversations and solutions. During this session, we will form common goals and objectives to achieve together.  

What's Covered

Key topics that will be covered in the session include:

  • Increasing representation of BIPOC and women entrepreneurs 
  • Expanding the presence of BIPOC and women funders and investors
  • Influencing culture
  • Accelerator programs
  • Building diverse teams 


The session will convene a curated group of about 50 leaders focused on uplifting the voice of women and BIPOC entrepreneurs. Types of organizations you can expect to participate include:  

  • Startups
  • VCs
  • Accelerators
  • Incubators 


The Innovation Imperative Schedule 

Almaden Room, San Jose Convention Center

Tuesday, Oct 24

3:15 - 3:30 PM: Arrival

3:30 - 3:45 PM: Welcome & Ice Breakers

3:45 - 4:20 PM: Panel Discussion + Q&A

4:20 - 4:30 PM: Lightning Talk

4:30 - 4:35 PM: Break 

4:35 - 5:50 PM: Roundtable Discussion 

5:50 - 6:00 PM: Wrap up