San Francisco

Yes SF Top Innovators Forum

In-Person Forum


One South Van Ness green roof

The "Yes SF" Urban Sustainability Challenge seeks to cultivate an ecosystem of circular, nature-based, and other innovative solutions to bring new life and increased value to buildings, infrastructure, and outdoor areas in downtown San Francisco.

UpLink launched its first place-based Challenge aimed at sourcing sustainable buildings and green and blue infrastructure technology innovators with a commitment to being located and deployed in San Francisco. Each start-up had to be committed to addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including SDG 11 for Sustainable Cities and Communities and be committed to being based in downtown San Francisco to help revitalize the area. The Challenge was funded by Deloitte and Salesforce and supported by Citi, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the City and County of San Francisco and 20 other local ecosystem partners. Top Innovators benefit from access to a suite of resources to help deploy their solutions, introductions to key stakeholders, potential funders, experts and advisory services, and a $1 million grant from Deloitte to be distributed among the winners to help them build and scale their solutions.

Join us for an insightful panel discussion featuring the masterminds behind the "Yes SF" Urban Sustainability Challenge, and hear from one of the victorious "Top Innovators," as they share their groundbreaking solutions, challenges, and visions for a sustainable and resilient Downtown San Francisco.

  • Moderator: Sharon Lai / World Economic Forum
  • Jenny Hoang / Deloitte
  • Emily Abraham / SF Chamber of Commerce
  • Katherine French/ Bluumbio, Innovator

  • Sophia Kittler / Mayor’s Office

Event Recording


Doors will open 30 minutes in advance of the program.

Refund Policy

Sponsorship payments: Will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

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