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GO-Biz and Alice Announce the Innovation Showcase Competition at Global Climate Action Summit

The summit will bring leaders and people together from around the world to San Francisco from September 12-14, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, August 23, 2018 – Today, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and Alice announced the Global Climate Action Summit Innovation Showcase Competition for small businesses and startups that are working to address the impacts of climate change. The Innovation Showcase Competition will provide 25 companies the opportunity to exhibit in front of nearly 4,000 attendees and compete for a Grand Prize package.

Centered on the theme “Take Ambition to the Next Level,” the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) will bring leaders and people together from around the world to San Francisco’s Moscone Center from September 12-14. It will be a moment to celebrate the extraordinary achievements of states, regions, cities, companies, investors, and citizens with respect to climate action. It will also be a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries—supported by all sectors of society—that can put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement.

The 25 Innovation Showcase Competition winners will be selected based on their commitment to curbing climate change and contributions in the following areas: 

  • Healthy Energy Systems
  • Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Land and Ocean Stewardship
  • Transformative Climate Investments

Submit applictions and nominations by August 31, 2018. 

Applications open today, Auguest 23, 2018, and winners will be announced on September 4, 2018

The 25 companies selected to join the Innovation Showcase will receive: 

  • An invitation to exhibit at the Innovation Forum on September 13-14, 2018, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
  • The opportunity to share their innovations with delegates including investors, corporate partners, and media.

One company will also be selected as the Grand Prize Winner by an assembly of partner organizations and receive an award package that includes:

  • $5,000 cash prize
  • Mentorship from Signia Venture Partners
  • A contributed article on

NOTE: Accredited media are invited to attend an Innovation Forum Showcase Tour at 9:30 a.m. PT on September 14, 2018, at the Moscone Center. To attend the Showcase Tour, please contact Courtenay Siegfried.

The Global Climate Action Summit has also announced that the final deadline for media to apply for credentials in order to attend the landmark climate event is Tuesday, September 4. 

Members of the press who wish to attend can simply complete an online application form here. Please be advised that media credentials for this event are limited, and an application does not guarantee access to the Summit. Those submitting applications after the September 4 deadline will not be able to gain access to San Francisco’s Moscone Center where the Summit is to take place. 

Media who have questions regarding the Summit can contact the GCAS press office team


About the Global Climate Action Summit

The 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, hosted in San Francisco September 12 to 14, will bring together state and local governments, business, and citizens from around the world to showcase climate action taking place, thereby demonstrating how the tide has turned in the race against climate change and inspiring deeper national commitments in support of the Paris Agreement.
To keep warming well below 2 degrees C, and ideally pursue 1.5 degrees C—temperatures that could lead to catastrophic consequences—worldwide emissions must start trending downwards.

The Summit will showcase climate action around the world, along with bold new commitments, to give world leaders the confidence they can go even further by 2020.
The Summit’s five headline challenge areas are Healthy Energy Systems; Inclusive Economic Growth; Sustainable Communities; Land and Ocean Stewardship and Transformative Climate Investments.
A series of reports are set to be launched over the coming months and at the Summit underlining the contribution of states and regions, cities, businesses, investors and civil society, also known as “non-party stakeholders,” to national and international efforts to address climate change.
Many partners are supporting the Summit including the Climate Group; the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Business for Social Responsibility (BSR); CAN International; Ceres; WWF; and Mission 2020.
For more information visit Global Climate Action Summit, sign up for to the mailing list for the latest news, and follow the Summit on Twitter and Facebook.

About the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development
The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) serves as California’s lead entity for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more. 

About Alice
Founded by Carolyn Rodz and Elizabeth Gore, Alice is a free digital platform that makes smart, instant connections between business owners and the resources, opportunities and communities they need to thrive. Alice is open to all entrepreneurs and has a social mission to prioritize access for women and other underrepresented business owners. 

Media Contacts:

Nick Nuttall
Global Climate Action Summit

Sam Chiu
California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development

Courtenay Siegfried

Joseph Giumarra
Havas PR

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