“Diversity asks, ‘Who’s in the room?’ Equity responds: ‘Who is trying to get in the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?'” Dafina-Lazarus Stewart at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

On Jul 13, 1929, White Mob Forces 200 Black People Out of North Platte, Nebraska. Equal Justice Initiative

 

“Diversity asks, ‘Who’s in the room?’ Equity responds: ‘Who is trying to get in the room but can’t? Whose presence in the room is under constant threat of erasure?'” Dafina-Lazarus Stewart at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

On Jul 13, 1929, White Mob Forces 200 Black People Out of North Platte, Nebraska. Equal Justice Initiative

 

 

 

 

 

How we work

Each year, we find 15-20 companies that best fit our mission and fund each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, water, food & agriculture, mobility, and the circular economy.

99

Portfolio companies

59

Demonstration projects

$36M

Awarded to companies

How to Apply

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EQUITY & ACCESS

Democratizing the benefits of innovation

Meet Cohort 8

In 2019, we awarded $6 million in funding to 17 startups tackling urgent challenges in food, agriculture, water, energy and mobility.

99 Companies

Meet our portfolio companies innovating across energy, water, agriculture, mobility, and circular economy.

Meet Our Partners

We partner with some of the biggest names in the business to help our companies grow through investments, projects, and acquisitions.

LATEST

Check out the Elemental blog! It's a place where we share who we are, how we view the world, and insights we've gathered from working alongside nearly 100 startups building solutions to address climate change.

Electric commercial aircraft 

Ampaire

Ampaire was founded to develop high-performance, zero-emission aircrafts. The company's first product is an electric powertrain to replace common turboprop engines in 9- to 19-passenger airplanes.

Mobility

Making drinking water from sunlight and air

Zero Mass Water

Zero Mass Water has one purpose: to perfect water for every person in every place. Its technology extracts water vapor from the air to make, mineralize, and deliver drinking water to your tap.

Water

CarbonCure

CarbonCure is pioneering CO2 utilization technologies for the cement and concrete sector. 

The Great Turning

At Elemental Excelerator, our inspiration now is the same as ever — it is to see this place, our home, transformed. Meet the entrepreneurs from our latest cohort who are helping us believe in what can be. The title for this video was inspired by Joanna Macy’s notion of shifting from an industrial growth society to a life-sustaining civilization.

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Partners

Our Funding Makes Us Unique

Our partners offer some of the most exciting investment and commercialization opportunities in the world.

Elemental Excelerator is created in collaboration with Emerson Collective's Elemental platform, which is focused on balancing the needs of humanity and nature by supporting scalable, equitable, and innovative solutions.

In 2013, the U.S. Navy made a $30 million commitment to our program.

Coming out of the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, a model for states pursuing an aggressive transition to renewable energy, the U.S. Department of Energy set aside funding for innovation. This became the seed funding for Elemental Excelerator.

Hawaiian Electric Industries was our first Global Partner. Together we have partnered on nearly a dozen demonstration projects.

Vector is New Zealand’s largest distributor of electricity and gas. They challenge and reinvent the way communities and businesses are powered and connected.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc. (TEPCO) is the largest public utility in Japan, and the 4th largest utility in the world.

SK Gas is looking for technologies that bring innovation to the energy sector and has high interest in service solutions that are built around enhancing engagement with end customers.

Elemental Excelerator is partnering with HCF in looking at innovative ways to increase water efficiency, transparency, and supply.

PTT, a Fortune 500 and a member of World DJSI, is a fully integrated energy and petrochemical company in Thailand, with global footprints.

National Grid Partners is the venture investment and innovation arm of National Grid plc.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States.