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Startup Pavilion

Location: Hall 2, Expo Hall

Verge 23

The Startup Pavilion is an area of the VERGE Expo dedicated to climate tech innovation. Nearly 200 participating startups have the opportunity to showcase their work and impact to investors, corporate partners and government leaders. Startups also have an opportunity to pitch to the dynamic VERGE audience and meet with investors in the Investor Lounge. 

Startup Happy Hour - October 25 at 5:15 - 7 PM

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Join the startup exhibitors in the Startup Pavilion for a drink during happy hour! All exhibitors will be on-site, meaning you will have the opportunity to meet numerous climate tech accelerators and nearly 200 brilliant startups. Don't miss the chance to dive into the climate tech innovation space and find out how you can work with these leading businesses.


New programming this year!

Pitch stage: 

  • 60 second pitches during expo hours. Pitches exclusively by the Startup Pavilion Partners' exhibiting startups. 

Investor lounge: 

  • Are you an investor interested in meeting startups? Register as an investor by selecting investor/vc under your industry during registration and GreenBiz will reach out with more info. Use private space in the Startup Pavilion to schedule 1:1 meetings with startups of your choosing. 

Common space: 

  • Lounge, network or grab coffee and snacks in the middle of the startup pavilion featuring couches, high tables and cornhole. 
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Meet our Startup Pavilion Partners:

Organization: Third Derivative

Meeting title: Third Derivative Startup Expo 

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26 

Founded by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), global climate tech accelerator Third Derivative is accelerating the rate of climate innovation through our inclusive ecosystem approach, which rapidly finds, funds, and scales climate tech globally. By uniting committed investors, large corporate, and market and policy experts with the world's most promising climate tech startups, Third Derivative bridges finance and resource gaps to increase speed to market.  Visit the Third Derivative Startup Expo to meet 20+ of our startups, and learn more about getting involved! 

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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: USGBC-LA 

Meeting title: Net Zero Accelerator Startup Expo

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26


The Net Zero Accelerator (NZA), founded by USGBC-LA, helps position pilot-ready, building-focused technologies for success by accelerating their market entry throughout the Southern California region and beyond. The program accomplishes this through collaboration with marquee partners and advisors, many of whom are here at VERGE, who provide guidance, connections, and participation in pilot projects. Visit USGBC-LA and our NZA Startup Expo to see and hear firsthand how these innovators are accelerating us all toward net zero energy, carbon, water, and waste!

Net Zero Accelerator - USGBC-LA

Organization: Cleantech Open 

Meeting title: Global Forum 2023 

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26

Cleantech Open's annual flagship event, the Global Forum, is to be held in-person and in partnership with VERGE 23. Our public program kicks off with an evening reception on Tuesday. 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 include an Expo Pass to VERGE 23. 

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Organization: Fifth Wall

Title: Decarbonizing The Built World: Fifth Wall Climate Forum

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26

Fifth Wall is the largest asset manager focused on improving, future-proofing, and decarbonizing the built world, which accounts for 40% of overall global carbon emissions. With the clock ticking, the industry needs state-of-the-art technologies to ensure structural resiliency and community safety. Fifth Wall partners with more than 125 category-leading startups to scale breakthrough technologies that will make the built environment more efficient, sustainable, and resilient. Join us in the Startup Pavilion at VERGE 23 to meet the startups who are brining the global real estate economy to net-zero.   

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Organization: For ClimateTech

Meeting title: For ClimateTech Meet & Greet

Date: Tuesday, October 24- Thursday, October 26


For ClimateTech is excited to be at VERGE this year! It's a fantastic chance to showcase our suite of programs and introduce our current and past participating innovators to potential founders and partners. We invite you to come by, meet our team, and learn more about our impactful work!

For ClimateTech is supported by NYSERDA and administered by SecondMuse and NextCorps, our portfolio represents two accelerator programs:


Venture For ClimateTech (V4C) is a hybrid venture studio + accelerator sourcing the most promising ClimateTech innovators globally, offering them support until they are ready for first customers, pilot runs, and investment. 


Scale For ClimateTech (S4C) reduces the risk, waste, and cost associated with getting a hardware product to market. S4C provides technical support throughout the manufacturing process so that founders have confidence in their path to market, make fewer mistakes, and are able to scale up production to meet demand.

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Organization: EPRI

Meeting title: EPRI’s Incubatenergy Labs 2023 Cohort Technologies

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - Thursday, October 26

Join EPRI's Incubatenergy Labs program at VERGE 23! Select members of Incubatenergy Labs' 2023 cohort will demonstrate their technologies to the audience circulating the Startup Pavilion floor. The exhibition of this year's innovations span the following priorities: Decarbonization and Sustainability, Predictive & Prescriptive Operations, Electric Mobility, Resilience and Adaptation, Customer and Community Engagement, Workforce of the Future, Electrification, Robotics, Nuclear Assists and more.  


Organization: Dream.Org

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

Date: Tuesday, October 24 - 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. (Limited space is available. Email for an invitation.)