Special Representative for Global Partnerships McAuliffe Hosts Connecting Climate Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition at COP27

The Special Representative for Global Partnerships, Dorothy McAuliffe, organized an entrepreneurial pitch competition during the 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. She was accompanied by Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. The competition was part of the Connecting Climate Entrepreneurs (CCE) initiative, which is designed to foster entrepreneurial climate solutions to support the Biden-Harris administration’s climate priority while advancing global economic development. The competition showcased four climate solutions from the United States, Ghana, Israel, and Egypt that are ready to scale.

Contractors included:

  • Alexis Pascaris (USA), Founding Director of AgriSolar Consulting, which is dedicated to advancing innovation in the food-energy-water nexus by creating synergy between solar energy and agriculture.
  • Audrey S-Darko (Ghana), Founder of Sabon Sake, which enables farmers to facilitate the transition to climate-resilient agricultural and food systems while earning additional income through a unique carbon finance tool.
  • Adital Ela (Israel), Founder and CEO of Criaterra, a company focused on developing manufacturing technologies that replace conventional kiln processes and produce fully recyclable, efficient and practical building materials.
  • Kamal ElSoueni, co-founder and CEO of Rabbit Mobility, the first micro-mobility platform for short-haul transportation using eco-friendly vehicles in Egypt and North Africa.

The COP27 showcase allowed early-stage startups to compete for a series of awards from industry judges, including Sue Duke, VP, Head of Global Public Policy and Economic Graph at LinkedIn; Teresa Christopher, Head of Climate, Sustainability and Environmental Policy at Amazon; Rania Rostom, head of global marketing and communications at General Electric; Irwin Boutboul, Founder, Startups for Sustainability at Google; and Mark Kroese, general manager of sustainability solutions at Microsoft.

See a recording of the contest .

CCE is a public-private partnership between the Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the Office of President’s Special Climate Envoy John Kerry, the Office of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and leading private sector entities (largely based in the United States) playing a key role in tackling the climate crisis. CCE focuses on four main pillars, namely capital, expertise, engagement and deployment. The CCE partnership breaks down silos while connecting the global climate entrepreneurship space. CCE was launched in collaboration with Allen Blue, vice president and founder of LinkedIn; Marc Benioff. Co-CEO at Salesforce; and Roger Martella, vice president of General Electric in 2021 during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

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