Net Zero Pitch Challenge

 Are you a start-up driving the future of smart energy? Do you have a product, technology, or service that could revolutionize how we think about and use energy? If yes, then we have an electrifying opportunity for you! 


The Net Zero Pitch Challenge is dedicated to uncovering the most innovative solutions in the smart energy sector. This is your chance to showcase your groundbreaking ideas to a panel of industry experts, investors, and potential customers.




Why Enter?


Visibility:  Elevate your start-up’s profile among key stakeholders in the smart energy ecosystem.

Mentorship: Receive invaluable feedback and guidance from leaders in the energy sector.

Investment Opportunities: Connect with investors looking to support the next big thing in smart energy.

Networking: Engage with fellow innovators and potential partners to fuel your growth.


Who Can Apply?


  • Startups to mid-stage companies to showcase the latest net-zero technology to our industry delegates
  • Start-ups with a focus on smart energy solutions, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, smart grids, and more.
  • Teams passionate about making a positive impact on the environment and society through innovation.


The selected companies will present their technologies in five minutes on main stage, and have the opportunity to host their own 15-minute session and present their technology to conference delegates in a breakout space.  The startup may also  provide a 5-minute video on the Smart Energy website. 


And the 2023 Winner Is...

2023 Winner

Rimot is leading vessel-to-grid to accelerate electric grids and marine vessels to achieving net zero together. Our BlueGrid technology delivers financial and environmental benefits by turning marine vessels into virtual power plants for utility grade energy storage. We believe bluer oceans and greener energy matter.

For a FULL LIST of 2023 Pitch Challenge Participants, scroll down to the bottom of this page.

2024 Applications

Do you have what it takes to pitch a new technology, product and service for the clean tech industry?  Submit the form below by March 15, 2024.

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2023 Pitch Challenge

Altiro Energy is a Montreal based company that is revolutionizing long duration energy storage and transport to improve the reliability of wind and solar farms with their novel iron-based clean fuel system. Altiro’s mission is to enable a fully green grid by making clean energy available when and where it’s needed.

Claes Equipment is the world’s first manufacturer specializing in zero-emission snow removal solutions for airports and municipalities. With a solid background experience in heavy vehicle manufacturing and electrification project, this proudly Canadian pioneer company has an impact on the environment, the climate, society, and the economy.

Gaia Refinery is a Direct Air Capture (DAC) Company with proprietary cleantech technology. Our primary objective is to develop a more efficient and affordable Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology as a mean to reduce overall CO2 levels in our atmosphere. This method of carbon removal will offset historical emission and emissions from hard to abate sectors that CCS is not able to tackle. Gaia Refinery has developed a novel waste biomass driven, NaOH-based direct air CO2 capture and removal technology that can be adapted in a number of ways to suit its deployed environment.  Our technology is first and foremost a high efficiency carbon capture solution that works without taxing the energy grid.

Planetary is a Dartmouth-based startup aiming to develop and scale a technology that safely and permanently stores atmospheric CO2 in the ocean. Come learn how this technology, awarded an XPrize in 2022 as a scalable climate solution, plans to be deployed in Halifax later this year. 


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