Green IT Challenge 2023

Are you a North American startup working on a green IT solution? Are you looking to get your product or idea in front of top industry decision makers? Is Europe on your radar for expansion?

If so, then the Green IT Challenge 2023 by Orange Silicon Valley may be your big break.

About the Challenge

The Green IT Challenge 2023 by Orange Silicon Valley is seeking to identify and engage with the most innovative North American startups in Green IT sectors. The Challenge will explore how these startups can help expedite our sustainability journey to meet Orange’s carbon neutrality targets.

The winners

The Jury will select up to five finalists. Each  will have an opportunity to conduct paid exploratory projects with business units of Orange or its subsidiaries. Finalists will also join a business development expedition to Paris, France (expenses paid) to formally meet with senior leaders of Orange and other industry leaders, as well as attend and present their solution at Europe’s most prominent tech fair VivaTech.

Criteria for participation

The Green IT Challenge 2023 is open to startups incorporated in North America — of all funding stages and with an established working product or prototype — in one of the following sectors (or related to them):

  • AI/ML and/or data analytics to measure and/or mitigate energy and environmental footprint
  • Software and hardware solutions for carbon footprint metrics and/or mitigation
  • Green data center energy and/or water usage reduction
  • Circular economy software and hardware
  • Clean energy software and hardware
  • Other areas relevant to Green IT
  • Timeline

    Feb 20: 4PM PT Applications are open

    March 31: 4PM PT Deadline for applications

    April 20: Finals held in San Francisco where startups pitch to a jury of key decision makers and industry leaders

    April 25: Challenge winners are announced

    June 12: Business development expedition to Paris, France

    Fall 2023: Potential paid projects with Orange business units

    Hear from the finalists of last year’s Decarbonization Challenge about their experiences in Paris, France:

    Project leaders

    Arpan Soparkar
    Analyst, Business Group

    Please contact Arpan Soparkar with any questions about the Green IT Challenge 2023.

    Alexandra Chernyshova
    Analyst, Business Group

    Key links

    About the Orange Group’s sustainability commitments

    The Orange Group has committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions on all 3 scopes by 2040, 10 years ahead of the timeline of the Paris Climate Agreement.

    To achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2040 Orange has defined an ambitious roadmap, with the first milestones in 2025. The targets focus on our energy efficiency, proportion of renewable energies, circular economy, and carbon capture.