Genability was thrilled to be invited to pitch at this year’s VERGE Accelerate Pitch Competition. Hosted by GreenBiz Group & Greenstart, VERGE Accelerate was a half day event that brought together some of the top VC investors and cleantech startups focused on energy and transportation technologies.
Rachel Barge from Greenstart emceed the competition and laid out the ground rules: 10 companies. 3 questions. 3 minutes.
1. Why do you do what you do?
2. What market / problem do you go after?
3. How do you do it?
Seems simple enough, right? See Genability’s CEO, Jason Riley, in action. The other companies that pitched in the event were Mosaic (one of our other SunShot awardee partners), GELI, Kiwi, Liquid, ScootNetworks, RidePal, and Wegowise.
Before the formal pitch, a VC panel discussed the shift from Cleantech 1.0 to Cleantech 2.0. Moderated by Katie Fehrenbacher, the panel included Josh Green from Mohr Davidow, Mitch Lowe from Greenstart and Rodrigo Prudencio from Nth Power. The discussion highlighted the need for continued private capital investment in cleantech and entrepreneurs focused on solving some of the world’s biggest problems.
A pitch competition wouldn’t be complete without an official clap-o-meter. When the dust settled and the claps stopped, the winner of the competition was ScootNetworks and their shared scooter network.