Pitch Challenge


The Net Zero Pitch Challenge was a very popular session featuring very unique technologies. We congratulate all of the companies for participating! Based on votes from the audience, the winner of the $5000.00 grand prize is:

One of These Startups will  $5,000 support by OKR Financial and Smart Energy

Smart Energy Event invited startups to mid-stage companies to showcase the latest net-zero technology to our industry delegates. These selected companies will present their technologies in five minutes on stage, and have the opportunity to host their own 15-minute session and present their technology to conference delegates in the exhibition area. As well as the startup may provide a 5-minute video on the Smart Energy website. Be sure to join us for this cutting-edge session. 

These sessions are held in the Harbour Suites A & B


Qinhong (Tammy) Cai, CEO, Gaia Refinery

(also join Gaia for their 15-minute presentation April 17 at 11:00 am in the exhibition hall)

Samson Bowen-Bronet, CEO, Altiro Energy

(also join Altiro for their 15-minute presentation April 17 at 11:30 am in the exhibition hall)

Viviane Chabot, Co-Founder, Claes Equipment

(also join Claes for their 15-minute presentation April 17 at 3:00 pm in the exhibition hall)

Andrew Boswell, CEO, Rimot 

(also join Trevor Hannigar from Rimot for a15-minute presentation April 18 at 10:15 am in the exhibition hall)

Ravindra Kempaiah, Founder, Zen Electric

Will Burt, Chief Ocean Scientist, Planetary Technologies

(also join Planetary for their 15-minute presentation April 18 at 10:30 am in the exhibition hall)

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. 

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.

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