The concept of a “circular economy” spans a wide variety of technologies and sectors, with the potential to significantly improve the sustainability and equity of our economy. We are focused on transforming how we make and use everything from cars, clothes, food, and other products, which can account for nearly half of global emissions. Replacing the “take-make-waste” extractive industrial model with a circular economy framework can also tackle the disproportionate pollution found in frontline communities and energize local job creation.
Funding Startups Addressing Urgent Environmental Challenges
What technologies are we looking for?
- Waste-to-value solutions
- Carbon capture & sequestration
- Resource recovery & reuse
- Textile & apparel recycling
- Source reduction & data collection platforms
- Alternative packaging and next-generation waste sorting and processing technology
- Solutions that create high-quality, local jobs for people who live in frontline communities
- Manufacturing companies interested in ‘Equity IN’ projects to establish diverse hiring, inclusion & retention, and responsible supply chain practices
Our existing industrial and waste systems are unsustainable and inequitable. As we aspire to redesign waste streams using new technologies and business models, we’re looking for market solutions that address pollution problems at the source.
Accelerating Companies Through Key Commercial Inflection Points
Yerdle Built A New Compensation & Workforce Development Plan
Through Elemental's Equity and Access Track, Yerdle strengthened their onboarding and workforce development practices and standardized the hiring and compensation protocols, leading to more equitable and efficient systems as they scale rapidly.Learn More >
Goodr Is Scaling To New Markets
Through Elemental's Go-to-Market track, the Atlanta based company is working to launch their new SaaS business model and refine their sales strategy including customer segmentation, sales channels, hiring and pricing structure, so that they can fight hunger in our communities, eliminate food waste, and help companies everywhere achieve their zero-waste goals.Learn More >
CarbonCure Piloted A New Go-to-Market Strategy
Through Elemental’s Demonstration track, CarbonCure deployed its process for introducing recycled CO2 into fresh concrete in partnership with a department of transportation for the first time. Elemental's Policy & Community team helped to pass legislation that required new public infrastructure projects to consider CO2-infused concrete, which was subsequently adopted by a coalition of over 200 mayors nationally.Learn More >
Our Circular Economy Portfolio
Feed more. Waste less.
Upcycling hard-to-recycle plastic waste
Transforming waste heat into energy
Reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment
Converting organic waste into compostable bioplastic
Trove runs resale marketplaces for top brands like Nordstrom, Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, and REI.
From kitchen to chicken
Converts CO2 into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels
Addressing Real-World Problems
At Elemental, we take a place-based approach by recruiting entrepreneurs who are solving needs in the communities they seek to deploy in. We facilitate collaborative partnerships to help bring these solutions to the places we call home – Hawaii, California’s frontline communities, and the Asia Pacific – then scale the impact to the rest of the world.
Hawaii & Asia Pacific
Through our Demonstration Track, we co-fund and co-deploy projects in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific alongside startups and local businesses, government agencies, and community organizations.
The Equity & Access track supports startups delivering community-driven clean technology innovation in California’s frontline communities.
Our Go-to-Market track is designed to support companies from all over the world in search of market intelligence and sales & growth strategies.
How Do I Get Involved?
Apply for funding up to $1 million and resources to help companies reach commercial scale.
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