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Climate Justice

We’re scaling solutions to strengthen climate resilience. Get your technology into the hands of those who need it most.
Cohort launching June 2021.

Applications Closed.

What to expect

Scale your startup with help from Verizon’s cutting edge technology, build alongside experts, and have your story told. Over the course of 16 weeks, get access to a wealth of resources provided by Verizon including education, enrichment, networking, and funding to scale your product.

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Funding

  • Receive non-dilutive funding to scale your technology solution.
  • Pitch your product to some of the biggest names in technology, climate advocacy, and social innovation.
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Connections

  • Join our network and find opportunities with leading technology brands and enterprise partners.
  • Refine your technology in working sessions with subject matter experts and program mentors.
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Media

  • Earn media coverage and exposure across technology, entrepreneurship, and social impact business.
  • Startups, mentors, and program partners will be featured in Verizon’s social impact docuseries.

Climate Justice

Acknowledges that climate impacts are felt differently across communities, and aims to ensure that no one shoulders an unequal burden. Climate change effects everyone, but those with limited resources are the first to feel it.

While next-generation technology has become key to slowing and stopping climate change, it’s been underutilized to support solutions for Americans most exposed to climate risk. We believe that needs to change. With our leading edge technology, and your support, we can help communities weather the changing climate, and take steps towards climate justice together.

We are seeking solutions that help communities build resilience and thrive as the climate changes, especially populations with systemic challenges related to race, gender, disability, income, immigration status, or age.  

Join us as a program partner, a cohort mentor, or subject matter expert.

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Program

Goals/
Stages

User Representative & 
Impacted Community Research
Ecosystem Mapping
Strategy & Value Proposition
Branding & Communications
Business Pitching
Climate Justice
User Testing
Product Roadmapping &
Success Tracking
Scaling & GTM
Financials
Fundraising
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
User Representative & Impacted Community Research
Ecosystem Mapping
Strategy & Value Proposition
Branding & Communications
Business Pitching
Climate Justice
User Testing
Product Roadmapping & Success Tracking
Scaling & GTM
Financials
Fundraising
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for US companies innovating in the climate space.
Startups working on early stage solutions that leverage technology to support vulnerable communities in any of the following sectors are encouraged to apply.

Agriculture, forestry &  fishing
Cleantech
Manufacturing
Water & waste management  
Transportation
Food & shelter
Internet Communications Technology
Mapping & imaging
Human health & safety
Financial & insurance
Administrative & support service
Data solutions
Agriculture, forestry &  fishing
Cleantech
Manufacturing
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation
Transportation
Food & shelter
Internet Communications Technology
Mapping and imaging
Data solutions
Financial and insurance
Administrative and support service activities
Human health & safety
How vulnerable communities feel the impacts of climate change:
  • Lack of Voice in Decision-Making
  • Limited Access to Healthcare, Finance & Transportation
  • Inadequate Local Infrastructure
  • Limited Opportunity to Regain or Maintain Employment
  • Limited Physical Mobility
  • Reliance on Caregivers / Limited Autonomy
  • Less Access to Community Resources & Education
By creating solutions that further climate justice we can protect:
  • Agricultural productivity & food security
  • Physical infrastructure, property & critical services
  • The quality and security of our water supply
  • Our crops from pests, vector borne, and water borne diseases
  • Human health and livelihood
  • Our shared home
Meet our mentors
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