We must drive faster adoption of clean energy technologies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing energy systems, and improve energy resilience as we face increasingly frequent climate-related events.

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Can we democratize access to CLEAN ENERGY?

Funding Startups Addressing Urgent Environmental Challenges

Seeking technologies for our energy accelerator:

  • Robotics, artificial intelligence & machine learning
  • Asset management tools 
  • Manufacturing, commercial & industrial solutions
  • Grid design & safety
  • Energy efficiency
  • Carbon sequestration & capture
  • Democratization of energy
  • Electrification of everything
  • Tech at the nexus of other sectors
  • Affordable clean energy for low-to-medium income customers
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“Since our start as an energy accelerator in 2012, we have developed deep roots in the sector and have a track record of supporting a diverse portfolio of startups that accelerate communities’ transition to a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable and clean energy sector.”


Nneka Uzoh | Director of Energy Innovation

Our Energy Portfolio

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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

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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.

Explore the Demonstration Track



The Equity & Access track supports startups delivering community-driven clean technology innovation in California’s frontline communities.


Explore the Equity & Access Track


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Our Go-to-Market track is designed to support companies from all over the world in search of market intelligence and sales & growth strategies.

Explore the Go-to-Market Track

A Platform For Global Impact

We have built a platform for startups primed for commercial growth to collaborate with corporates, philanthropists, VCs, policymakers, and community organizations to achieve global impact. Meet some of our closest partners in this sector. 

In 2013, the U.S. Navy made a $30 million commitment to our program, and in 2017, they doubled down and made another $30M+ commitment.

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.

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.

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.

Cummins Inc., headquartered in Columbus, IN, is an independent global leader in powertrains for industrial power systems. Recognizing the pace of innovation and the evolution occurring in today’s energy markets, Cummins Growth Office is working closely with Elemental Excelerator to identify and partner with startups developing innovative energy solutions to complement and expand the Cummins product and service portfolio.

NextEra Energy, Inc. is a Fortune 200 energy company with about 45,900 megawatts of generating capacity throughout the United States and Canada. It is the largest electric utility holding company by market capitalization, and together with its affiliated entities, it is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun.

Portland General Electric, is a public utility based in Portland, Oregon. For more than 130 years, PGE has been powering customers’ lives, delivering energy that is safe, reliable and affordable. Today, customers expect more. They also want their energy to be clean and secure. PGE is committed to helping customers and the communities they serve achieve a clean energy future.

Chubu Electric Power is the third largest electric power utility in Japan.

EDF is a global, integrated energy company, one of the world's largest electricity producers, with 90% of its electricity carbon free.

How Do I Get Involved?

For Startups

Apply for funding up to $1 million and resources to help companies reach commercial scale.

How to Apply


Learn more about how we work with partners to invest in and acquire startups, pilot new technology, and roll-out commercial-scale projects.

Partner Program

For Everyone Else

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