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Partner Events

Explore our partner events, taking place October 23 - October 26, 2023


Make the most out of your week in San Jose by participating in our partner events. Coordinated by leading organizations in climate tech, these events delve deeper into a range of topics that build on the VERGE 23 program. 

Organization: Clean Energy Buyers Association (CEBA) 

Meeting title: CEBA Connect at VERGE 

Date: Monday, October 23 - Thursday, October 26

CEBA members have access to all VERGE and CEBA member-only content — including a private reception on Monday, October 23, opportunities for conversations in smaller groups and the invite-only energy customer morning. CEBA members also have access to the CEBA Station — a members-only lounge to connect, grab a coffee or just sit down and relax. Visit CEBA InterConnect to register for VERGE using your member pass. 


Organization: Canadian Technology Accelerator

Meeting title: Canada-California Climatetech Start-up Pitch Session and Reception

Date: Monday, October 23 

Join us for an afternoon of climate innovation! The consulate General of Canada partners with the Cleantech Council to highlight California and Canada's shared goals. Come meet with forward-looking start-ups taking bold climate action and moving the lines across energy, smart building, waste management and carbontech industries. Stay with us after our pitch session spotlighting the next wave of climatech innovators and get the chance to mingle with investors, industry leaders, tech scouts and entrepreneurs over cheese and wine. 

Stay tuned to discover our Canadian Technology Accelerator cohort! Please reach out to for more information.

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Organization: Dream.Org

Meeting title: Dream.Org Climate Tech Launchpad DemoDay & Showcase

Date: Thursday, October 26

The DemoDay & Showcase will feature ten Black + Latinx innovators with solutions in the built environment, transportation, food systems, circular economy, and carbon tech sectors. This is the culminating event of the inaugural cohort of the Dream.Org Climate Tech Launchpad. 

Dream.Org elevates the genius and talent of individuals historically underrepresented in the tech venture space. We created the Climate Tech Launchpad in partnership with Village Capital and with funding support from Wells Fargo and the San Fransisco Forty Niners.

Limited space is available. Email [email protected]  for an invitation.

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Organization: Impact Hustlers & CrowdSolve

Meeting title: ClimateTech Startup Connector

Date: Tuesday, October 24 at 5:00 PM  - 7:00 PM

Location: San Pedro Square Market Brewery, 87 N San Pedro St, San, Jose, CA

Impact Hustlers & CrowdSolve is inviting founders, investors & executives for our ClimateTech Startup Connector. Join us to make meaningful connections with like-minded founders and wind down after a busy day at GreenBiz Verge. We are hosted at the beautiful San Pedro Square Market, with drinks & nibbles available.

Spots are limited, secure your ticket below. 



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Organization: Cleantech Open 

Meeting title: Global Forum 2023 

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26

Established in 2005, Cleantech Open is the longest running and largest cleantech accelerator in the world, having trained 3,500+ entrepreneurs who have raised over $1.5 Billion in funding. 

Cleantech Open’s annual flagship event, the Global Forum, is to be held in-person and in partnership with GreenBiz’s VERGE 23. On Wednesday, our 2023 US National and Global Ideas Finalists pitch to judges to compete for the top prizes! In the Startup Pavilion, our 2023 Cohort and alumni showcase their innovations in our Demo Day. Finally, on Thursday, our Annual Awards ceremony takes place, with Keynote Speakers and a luncheon included.

Tickets for entry to the Reception and Awards Ceremony are available here and include an Expo Pass to VERGE 23. 


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Organization: ReFED

Meeting title: Driving Action Toward Whole Chain Solutions to Food Loss and Waste With the Pacific Coast Food Waste Commitment

Date: Monday, October 23 at 9 am

The PCFWC launched a pilot project in 2023 with the goal of analyzing waste hotspots for strawberries and frozen potatoes along the supply chain from farm to retail. The scope of the project was defined by retailers at a special convening for the 2022 VERGE Climate Tech event. This year, the invite-only convening will bring together the participants in the pilot (three large retailers and two suppliers), as well as external stakeholders and solution providers, to discuss collaborative solutions to pursue in 2024 based on the waste hotspot data. Please contact Tara McNerney at [email protected] to learn more.



Organization: Climate Vine

Meeting title: Climate Vine Gathering 

Date: Wednesday, October 25 

If you are a part of Climate Vine's first or second cohort, join us for an in-person gathering to connect with other curated community Members!  If you're a Climate Vine Member and would like to join us, RSVP here. If you'd like to learn more about Climate Vine, email us at [email protected] and let us know you'll be at Verge OR apply at

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Organization: British Consulate

Event title: British Consulate Clean Tech Reception 

Date: Tuesday, October 24 at  5:30 – 7PM

Join the British Consulate-General in San Francisco in welcoming our delegation of UK clean tech innovators at a networking reception on the first night of the VERGE conference. Supported by the UK’s commitment to net zero, our start-ups showcase innovative solutions to address climate change and energy security in a wide range of sectors. We look forward to strengthening collaboration and partnership between the UK and the heart of innovation in Silicon Valley. For more information please contact [email protected] and


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Organization: BSR Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions (BASCS) 

Meeting title:  Carbon Credit Buyers Boot Camp

Date: Monday, October 23 at 8 am - 5 pm 

The Business Alliance to Scale Climate Solutions (BASCS) aims to confront this issue with an in-depth, interactive learning experience for carbon credit buyers that covers the fundamentals of transacting in carbon markets via a boot camp to provide new and emerging buyers with the knowledge and tools they need to purchase high-quality carbon credits, and help scale the VCM.

Please note: space is limited and registrations will be prioritized for BSR members and companies that are already involved in the VCM. 

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Organization: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) 

Meeting title: RMI - Energy Transition Networking Breakfast at VERGE 

Date: Wednesday, October 25

Join RMI for an informal networking breakfast to connect with RMI leadership and partners, and to hear the latest insights and updates on the state of the energy transition ahead of COP28. Please email Manasvini Ram at [email protected] if you would like to join us.  

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Organization: Women in Cleantech

Event title: Women in Cleantech: Networking Night

Date: Monday, Oct. 23 from 6pm-8pm 

Discover the perfect blend of innovation and inspiration as Women in Cleantech & Sustainability’s Entrepreneurship Committee invites you to a delightful happy hour at the Five Points cocktail bar in downtown San Jose.

Five Points, known for its commitment to craft cocktails and culinary excellence, draws its inspiration from the legendary Five Points district in New York City. Every flavor, ingredient, and idea behind their menu reflects the dynamic energy and spirit of this influential hub.

In the spirit of fostering connections and empowering professionals in the green economy, we’ve designed this event to build community amongst entrepreneurs and supporting professionals.  

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Organization: CrowdSolve & Impact Hustlers

Event Title: Climate Founder Happy Hour 

Date: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 24

Location: San Pedro Square Market Brewery, 87 N San Pedro St, San, Jose, CA

Description: CrowdSolve is a GreenBiz partner and the Climate Startup Acceleration Platform is hosting a happy hour for all climate founders attending VERGE 23. Space is limited, so make sure you have spot, be one of the first 50 to register here:

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