The VERGE 18 conference and expo, a platform for accelerating a clean economy, is planning its 2018 event in the U.S. for October, with a growing number of organisations signing up and also holding their own events in a show of support for a clean economy despite the current political climate in the U.S.
VERGE 18 will host an influential audience of more than 2,500 leaders in Oakland, California — from companies and utilities to city and regional governments and policymakers to NGOs, solution providers and startups according to a recent Green Biz article. The goal of the companies and organisers is to build an equitable, inclusive economy that increases economic and community resilience.
Amongst the events are Cleantech Open’s Western Region Awards & Innovation Showcase, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) Fall Acceleration Workshop and the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA) Summit.
The CE100 Acceleration Workshop, organised by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, will take place a few days before VERGE 18. During the workshops corporations, governments and cities, academic institutions, emerging innovators and affiliates amongst others will be working together in their transition to a circular economy.
The REBA Summit is introducing 400 renewable energy buyers and solution providers to each other in the hope of developing new partnerships and co-operations in the market.
According to Green Biz, Cleantech Open will also host the Western Region Awards & Innovation Showcase on the final day of VERGE, Oct. 18. The capstone event is also viewed as an opportunity to showcase the progress of more than 45 participating startups, as well as to connect them with partners who will support them on their path to market — investors, corporate partners and other participants in the cleantech commercialization support ecosystem, the website writes.
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