Climate tech startups to be showcased at COP28, in new program from COP28 and New Energy Nexus

September 20, 2023

Oakland, 21 September 2023 –  COP28 UAE is partnering with New Energy Nexus (NEX) to accelerate early stage climate tech startups from around the world, particularly in the Global South. The NEX COP28 Climate Tech Startup Accelerator will be the first time climate tech startups are put through an accelerator program and showcased at COP. 

“Climate entrepreneurs both big and small, South and North are going to be critical to solving some of the biggest challenges in the global clean energy transition. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with the COP28 organizers to deliver a one-of-a-kind climate tech accelerator program,” said Danny Kennedy, CEO at New Energy Nexus.

“If the world is to transition to 100% clean energy for 100% of the population, then we need more thriving entrepreneurs deploying bundles of solutions especially in the global South. We stand ready to support them to lift their voices to ensure COP28 is the climate solutions COP.”

The COP28 Presidency and New Energy Nexus invites applications from transformative climate startups and businesses across the globe with a strong desire to accelerate and scale their solutions.

Successful applications will be invited to the five-week program starting in November. The program will be designed to boost skills, validate participants’ business models and provide information on how to better access new forms of capital. Also as part of the offer will be “ask me anything” office hours for participants, as well as access to a speaker series with leading climate organizations, investors, partners and startups.

On-site at COP28, participants will also be able to engage with UAE partners, the opportunity to participate on the Tech Stage at the Technology and Innovation Hub, and tour the ‘Startup Village’ located at the center of the expo area.

For further information, including information on selection criteria, program timeline, benefits to applicants and a detailed FAQ, please visit:

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Notes to Editors 

About COP28 UAE

COP28 UAE will take place at Expo City Dubai from November 30-December 12, 2023. The Conference is expected to convene over 70,000 participants, including heads of state, government officials, international industry leaders, private sector representatives, academics, experts, young people, and non-state actors.

As mandated by the Paris Climate Agreement, COP28 UAE will deliver the first ever Global Stocktake – a comprehensive evaluation of progress against climate goals.

The UAE will lead a process for all parties to agree upon a clear roadmap to accelerate progress through a just and orderly global energy transition and a “leave no one behind” approach to inclusive climate action. Stay connected with COP28’s progress by following COP28 on:

About New Energy Nexus

New Energy Nexus (NEX) is a non-profit organization that strives towards a 100% clean energy economy for 100% of the population in the shortest time possible. To achieve this goal, NEX supports diverse entrepreneurs with the accelerator services, funds, skills, and networks they need to thrive.

NEX started in California in 2004 and now operates programs in New York, China, India, Southeast Asia, East and West Africa and Australia. Since 2016, NEX has accelerated 880 startups, supported over 5000 entrepreneurs, and mobilized over US$1.5 billion in investment. Find out more: