Accelerate Pitch

VERGE Accelerate: A global stage for technology disrupters
The 2015 VERGE Accelerate fast-pitch competition will provide ~12 entrepreneurs the opportunity to get in front of the diverse VERGE audience: executives from the world’s largest companies, public officials from progressive cities, venture capitalists and others.

Accelerate is part of VERGE®, GreenBiz Group’s global event series focused on how technology accelerates sustainability solutions across industries and sectors — in particular, the convergence of energy, information, building and transportation technologies, and the opportunities it brings to business, cities, the environment and society.

The Pitch: Exposure to a global audience
Selected companies give a 2.5-minute pitch from the main stage of VERGE to an audience of ~1500 attendees. The sessions are also live-streamed to a global audience and video captured for archive on A text-to-vote mechanism allows the audience to decide the winner of both pitch sessions in real-time.

Eligibility Criteria: Who gets to pitch?

Participating companies:

  • are developing technology solutions (commercially applicable products or services) related to at least one of the VERGE domains of buildings, energy, water, food, cities, transportation, logistics or manufacturing;
  • are incorporated and have a product ready for testing or deployment;
  • have less than $2M in combined investment and current revenue.

Questions about partnering on or participating in VERGE Accelerate? All can be directed to Shana Rappaport, Director of Engagement for VERGE, at [email protected].

Sample Nominations

Sample Pitches

How to Submit a Pitch


  • July 6 – August 17: Entrepreneurs submit 60-second video nominations
  • September 14: The 12 finalists are announced!
  • October 27 and 29: The two Accelerate pitch sessions to take place at VERGE 2015 in San Jose, CA