Help select the finalists that will present at VERGE16.

Accelerate Pitch

"VERGE Accelerate landed us two significant deals in the early stages of our company, and another one since. We rolled our first utility pilot and a key partnership as a direct result of being on the stage that day."

Jason Trager, CEO Persistent Efficiency (2014 VERGE Accelerate Finalist)

VERGE Accelerate: A global stage for technology disrupters
The 2016 VERGE Accelerate fast-pitch competition will provide ~14 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.

Selection Process: The community decides
During the VERGE 2016 nomination window, from June 6 to July 5, entrepreneurs can submit 60-second video nominations, explaining the market opportunity their company addresses and why they want to pitch at VERGE.

Selected videos will be posted to, where the broader community will cast votes and help inform the final selection of this year’s VERGE Accelerate cohort.

How to Submit a Pitch

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 energy, buildings, transportation, water, food, cities, or the circular economy;

  • are incorporated and have a product ready for testing or deployment;

  • have less than $2M in combined investment and current revenue to participate in the Go-to-Market showcase and between $2-5M to participate in the Demonstration showcase.


  • June 6 – July 11: Entrepreneurs submit 60-second video nominations
  • July 18 – August 4: Community votes to help decide the 12 finalists
  • August 8: Finalists announced!
  • September 19 – 22: The two Accelerate pitch sessions take place at VERGE 2016 in Santa Clara, CA

Qualifying nominations must include a 60 second video naming the market opportunity your company addresses and why you want to pitch at VERGE. These should feature the team member being nominated to deliver the pitch.

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 Nomination

Sample Pitch

Sample Nomination

Sample Pitch

Sample Nomination

Sample Pitch