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Make a Difference at Emerald Summit

A collage of five speakers for Emerald Summit, our Eco-business network conference

October 27, 2023

Connect with emerging startups
Learn how to protect, preserve, and restore nature more sustainably
Be part of a growing community

of 500+ people
Celebrate diverse global startups
with Wallet Max ESG Awards 2023

Our Partners

Startup Stack
Thousand Faces

When is it?

Date: October 27, 2023
Time: 9 AM to 5 PM ET /

6 AM to 2 PM PT
Venue: Virtual
Early Bird Tickets: $10-$15
(Sale ends August 31, 2023)

Regular Tickets: $29.99

Can’t make it? Show your support for this event and our other Earth Day initiatives via donation. A portion of ticket sales and donations to Wallet Max Summit 2023 will be shared with 3 winning startups on Oct 27, 2023 as part of the Wallet Max ESG Awards celebration.

An Experience Centered on Strengthening Your Business

Practical panel discussions: Tap into the expertise of business and sustainability leaders in our unique speaker sessions.

Interactive workshops: Bring green business skills back to your business and community with our hands-on learning experiences. 

ESG Awards: Recognize sustainable startups creating change with our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) awards.

Networking opportunities: Use our networking hour to meet experts, potential partners, and your peers. 

Q&A with financial wellness coaches: Looking for advice for improving your cash flow or strengthening your business finances? Our financial wellness coaches are here to help.

Media Kit

Discover the Wallet Max difference with our Media Kit. Our concise guide highlights our goals, the Hub, Emerald Summit, our ESG Awards, and other essential information about our mission.

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Awarding Emerging Sustainable Businesses

A portion of our proceeds and sponsor contributions will help to support cash awards for businesses and startups acting on ESG goals. We measure success through the ESG guidelines, as well as the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Earth Day initiatives. This year’s award categories are:

A circle with SDG goal 13

Inclusive Climate Action Business (SDG 13)
This organization takes urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

A gold circle with SDG goal 2

Best Food Security Innovation (SDG 2)
This organization has made strides to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.

A red circle with SDG goal 8

Most Sustainable FinTech Startup (SDG 8)
This award recognizes a fintech startup with sustained and inclusive economic growth and decent work for all.

Learn from Climate-Conscious Business Leaders

Circular Economy: How to transition into a greener, cheaper and simpler lifestyle

Headshot of Bhuva Shakti

Bhuva Shakti
Chief Sustainable Innovation Officer, Wallet Max

Wallet Max
Bhuva's Impact Global

Bhuva Shakti founded Wallet Max to support local businesses, promote inclusion, and generate climate action solutions. She also leads Women in AI as the Chief Ethics and Culture Officer and is an early-stage investor in sustainable startups.

Community Resiliency during Climate Change

Headshot of Saba Khalid

Saba Khalid
Manager, West Monroe

West Monroe

Saba Khalid is an electrical engineer turned management consultant at West Monroe within the Energy and Utilities practice where she went from designing products for renewable energy, to determining which products are needed to meet renewable energy targets.

Sustainably Communicating: How businesses can effectively share their environmental initiatives

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Rebecca Schwartz Altholz, Sustainability Consultant, Earth to Rebecca

Rebecca Schwartz Altholz completed her Master's in Sustainability Management from Columbia University. After her personal passion grew, Rebecca has expanded into freelancing to help businesses communicate their sustainability initiatives.

Conscious Consumerism Panel Discussion

How Conscious Consumerism Impacts Global Net Zero Goals

Headshot of Nimreet Grewal

Nimreet Grewal,
Founder, Soneha


Nimreet Grewal is the Founder of Soneha, a plant-based accessories brand committed to promoting accessible sustainable living. With a mission to plant one tree for every order, Soneha motivates consumers to contribute to a greener future through their purchases.

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Melissa Dusenberry,
Founder, All The Brilliants

All The Brilliants

All The Brilliants is a fine jewelry company specializing in thoughtfully designed pieces, made by women, that amplify your personal style and align with your values.

Impact Investing 101: Making a Difference with Your Financial Choices

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Alba Forns,
COO, & Co-Founder, Climatize


Alba Forns is the COO and Co-Founder of Climatize, a climate fintech mobile app that enables anyone to invest in climate projects starting from as little as $5. With a strong background in Engineering, Alba holds two Master's degrees in Energy Engineering and in Sustainable Energy Technologies from KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology, as well as a Business and Management course at ESADE, Business and Law School.

Get the Highlights of the April 2023 Earth Day Summit

Not sure what to expect? Get a glimpse of this throwback to the April 2023 Summit. In addition to workshops and networking, business, and startup leaders learned more about:

Greenwashing and retail investing
Becoming a certified B corporation
Fostering brand loyalty with Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals
Organizing sustainable startup finances

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The “Make a Difference Day” Agenda

ET = Eastern Time (New York)

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM ET

Opening Keynote

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM ET

Speaker #1 & Q&A

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM ET


Bhuva Shakti

“Circular Economy: How to transition into a greener, cheaper and simpler lifestyle”

Customers are no longer interested in just transactions with businesses, big or small. There is a seismic shift in prioritizing people positivity, planet consciousness, and integrity in all aspects of the business towards impact-oriented profits. How can we drive values-based customer engagement and brand loyalty, while aligning the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investments of the business to grow responsibly for the long-term? How can businesses integrate dynamic intelligence with authentic communication to rapidly establish mutual trust, strengthen existing customer loyalty, and attract new like-minded customers?

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM ET


Saba Khalid

“Community Resiliency during Climate Change”

We will discuss the history of events that have led to some change in policy throughout the United States as well as the new issues that are arising from the impacts of climate change as we face more extreme weather events. There will be an overview of initiatives from a government and utility perspective, but the emphasis will be around thinking of frameworks or solutions that will be important from a community resiliency perspective.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM ET


Conscious Consumerism Panel & Q&A

Nimreet Grewal & Melissa Dusenberry


“How Conscious Consumerism Impacts Global Net Zero Goals”

A thought-provoking panel discussion with Nimreet Grewal, Founder of Soneha, and Melissa Dusenberry, Founder of All The Brilliants, where we explore the role of conscious consumerism in our path towards achieving our net zero goals. Learn about how businesses can influence and appeal to responsible shoppers to foster a more mindful consumerism culture.

12:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET


12:30 AM - 1:00 PM ET


Rebecca Schwartz Altholz

“Sustainably Communicating: How businesses can effectively share their environmental initiatives”

So many brands are innovating and pushing the envelope to protect our environment, but not that many customers know. This talk will focus on how businesses can use social media to educate and share with their current and future customers about their sustainability efforts.

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Panel #2 & Q&A

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

Awards Ceremony

Join us in recognizing three startups excelling in making a difference. Each will give a brief, 10-minute speech. We have three award categories based on the SDG goals, including:

  1. Inclusive Climate Action Business (SDG13 - Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts)

  2. Most Sustainable FinTech Startup (SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive, and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all)

  3. Best Food Security Innovation (SDG 2 - End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture)

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET


Closing Keynote

Alba Forns

“Impact Investing 101: Making a Difference with Your Financial Choices”

Every choice a consumer or business makes when it comes to spending money creates an impact. Purchasing eco-friendly goods and selecting climate-conscious suppliers and vendors are some of the ways to invest in a sustainable future. In this session, attendees can discover practical strategies for impact investing, no matter your budget or business size.

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET


What our attendees had to say:


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Become a Sponsor

Looking for a platform to inspire change and share your expertise on sustainability in front of a wider audience? Sponsors can leverage this opportunity to build brand loyalty, form partnerships, and make an impact. Currently, we are looking for sponsors interested in supporting our monetary support for our ESG award winners. 
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Become a Partner

Showcase your brand's commitment to sustainability and invest in impactful innovation by becoming a partner. Make a difference alongside our October 2023 sponsors:


Register Today

Don’t wait—get your ticket for only $10 in our Early Bird Sale. Early Bird Sale ends August 31st.

Check out our past Summit

Want to know more about our speakers, topics, agendas in the past? Have a look at our April 2023 Emerald Summit page.

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