Food & Agriculture

Our global food system, from production to distribution and consumption, is largely based on unsustainable and outdated practices. It is critical that we enhance food resilience and self-sufficiency, harness the potential of agriculture, forestry, and other land uses to address climate change, and improve access to economically viable technology solutions for small farmers around the world.

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Can we improve our FOOD & AGRICULTURE systems?

Funding Startups Addressing Urgent Environmental Challenges

What technologies are we looking for?

  • Carbon sequestration & soil health
  • Food safety & traceability
  • Waste reduction & diversion
  • Alternative proteins
  • Technologies that reduce or combat deforestation
  • Supply chain platforms that support increased access to food, resources & land
  • Solutions that reduce energy use, toxic synthetic inputs & the overuse of water

Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change illustrate the global food systemʼs significant contribution to climate change. We seek companies whose innovations increase local food production and decrease emissions throughout the value chain, from farm to fork.


Danya Hakeem | Director of Innovation, Agriculture & Circular Economy

Accelerating Companies Through Key Commercial Inflection Points

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.




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



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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.


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. 

Emerson Collective is a social change organization that is working to renew some of society’s most calcified systems.

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.

Ulupono is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm.

Conservation International is working to build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet through science, policy, and partnerships with countries, communities, and companies. Over the years, they have helped support 1,200 protected areas and interventions across 77 countries, protecting more than 601 million hectares of land, marine, and coastal areas.

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

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