Sunday, March 26, 2017

Event - VERGE Hawaii 2017 Accelerate Showcase

Have a solution in energy, transportation, agriculture, water or infrastructure resilience? The VERGE Accelerate Showcase is a fast-pitch competition on the main stage of VERGE Hawaii, giving selected finalists the opportunity to pitch to a live audience of ~1,000 business leaders, government officials, investors, and a global online audience.


Targeted exposure: Selected finalists will be joined on stage by hand-selected industry experts, giving you exposure to investors, corporates and decision makers who have deep experience working with entrepreneurs.

Global exposure: The VERGE Accelerate Showcase will take place on the main stage of VERGE Hawaii, amplifying you and your solution to a captive audience of ~1,000 attendees and many more tuned into globally online.

Free Startup Showcase Exposure: In addition to one all-access pass, selected finalists will be given a complimentary booth space on the VERGE Interconnect floor (usually reserved for paid exhibitors) and the opportunity to interact with potential partners and investors throughout the week.

Ongoing exposure: Beyond the live event, finalists will benefit from broad amplification via editorial coverage, the GreenBiz 350 podcast and published videos of the pitches.


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.

GreenBiz is excited to be partnering with F6S to streamline the process: If you already have a profile, the F6S platform will automatically pull your information! If you don’t have one yet, you can easily create one to join the fastest growing, global hub for startups.


March 13 – April 10: Entrepreneurs submit 60-second video nominations

April 14 – 28: Community votes to help decide the finalists

May 3: Finalists announced!

June 20 and 22: The two Accelerate pitch sessions take place at VERGE Hawaii in Honolulu, HI


Participating entrepreneurs:

Are developing technology solutions (commercially applicable products or services) related to at least one of the following: distributed or renewable energy, transportation, agriculture, water or infrastructure resilience;

Are incorporated and have a product ready for testing or deployment; have less than $5M in combined investment and current revenue

“ VERGE Accelerate got us in front of the potential customers, investors and partners we were dying to connect with. We really appreciated the exposure to key decision makers in our industry. ”

Tristan de Frondeville CEO SkyCentrics Inc., VERGE Hawaii Accelerate Finalist (2016)

“ VERGE Hawaii Accelerate was a great experience for myself and our company. It gave us direct access to major industry executives, enabling us to “sit at the table” and build relationships in a way that's often challenging for start-ups. I had meaningful discussions with potential partners and customers like MGM, Maui Electric Company, Trane and many others. ” Phillip Kopp CEO Conectric Networks, LLC, VERGE Hawaii Accelerate Finalist (2016)

Click here to apply.

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