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Climate Tech Startups to Watch


Climate Tech Startups to Watch is a fast-pitch competition featuring entrepreneurs with innovative technologies, products and services in carbon, energy, industry, transportation, and buildings. Selected finalists will pitch from the VERGE stage to thousands of business, government and thought leaders.

The Perks

  • Global Exposure: Pitch in person at VERGE 24 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 Trellis Network during a virtual convening after VERGE.
  • Direct Introductions: Receive live feedback from industry experts, giving you direct exposure to investors, corporates and decision-makers with deep experience working with entrepreneurs.
  • Networking: Connect with corporate partners, investors and other VERGE attendees throughout the three-day, in-person event.
  • Ongoing Exposure: Beyond the live event, finalists will benefit from broad amplification via editorial coverage, including 50 Climate Tech Startups to Watch and the Startup of the Year, and published videos of the pitches.

*Climate Tech Startups to Watch winners are determined by the most audience votes in the event app.

Eligibility Criteria

Successful applicants must be:

  • A startup developing a climate tech solution in carbon, energy, industry, 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 24 from October 29-31, 2024


July 8 - August 4: Entrepreneurs submit applications, including a one-minute pitch video.

August 16 - August 30: Community voting on “50 Climate Tech Startups to Watch” feature on of the top semi-finalists in each category.

Late September: Finalists announced!

October 29-31: The pitch sessions will take place at VERGE 24

Climate Tech Startups to Watch Finalists receive a comp ticket to VERGE and are responsible for their travel and stay.



Last year's pitch examples

Bedrock Energy