Food & Agriculture
Agriculture and forestry contribute 11% and food waste is responsible for 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, regenerative practices enable us to sequester carbon in soil and create healthier waterways and ecosystems. We invest in companies with new technology at the nexus of carbon sequestration and soil health, as well as companies across the supply chain that enhance food system resilience and self-sufficiency; reduce greenhouse gas emissions across the industrty; and improve access to economically viable technology for farmers around the world.
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The inefficiency and fragmentation of our global food system have been starkly illuminated over the past year. To build resilience, we need to deliver better tools to help farmers produce more with less while continuing their stewardship of the land. Given the growing inequity in communities across the world, we’re especially interested in solutions that increase access to food, tools, land, and resources for frontline communities and farmers. As we work to curb the climate impacts of feeding a growing population, we’re also looking for regenerative solutions needed to help remove carbon from the atmosphere.
Beyond funding, we help to pull key commercial and market inflection points forward.
TerViva is reactivating fallow ag land
TerViva was one of Elemental's first investments. We helped them partner with landowners to plant a dozen acres of pongamia, a tree crop that produces plant protein and oilseed with 10x the yield of soy, and ranchers to test the palatability of a pongamia-based animal feed.TerViva >
Blue Ocean Barns is scaling production
Blue Ocean Barns produces a livestock feed ingredient that, by way of dramatically reducing the enteric methane emissions of cattle, enhances farm profitability and provides the meat and dairy industry with a climate change solution. We helped them find a site to scale the testing and production of special red algae that can reduce the methane emissions from cow burps.Blue Ocean Barns >
Farm Link Hawai‘i strengthened its B2C offering during COVID
Farm Link Hawai‘i connects small producers directly to buyers of all types via an online marketplace and supply-chain infrastructure. During COVID-19, Farm Link significantly expanded its offering for household consumers and moved into a new warehouse with 3,000 feet of cold storage. Today, they serve about 500 customers a week, 95% of which are direct-to-consumer.Farm Link >
Our Food & Agriculture Portfolio
The business marketplace for ugly & surplus produce
Virtual livestock management
Ingredient platform for climate-friendly foods
Revitalizing Hawaiʻi's indigenous food systems
The seaweed solution to livestock methane emissions
Feed more. Waste less.
Farms at your fingertips
Hawaii-based carbon offset fund
Converting organic waste into compostable bioplastic
Electronic monitoring for sustainable fisheries
From kitchen to chicken
Manage your ranch from your pocket
Aerial imagery solutions for farmers
Fitbit for farms
Raising regenerative beef through vertically integrated supply chains
Producing carbon negative plant protein and vegetable oil on distressed agricultural lands
We take a systems approach to innovation
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Technology solutions for small, family farmers
Agriculture and water nexus
Agriculture accounts for 70% of all freshwater withdrawals globally. We invest in companies like TerViva whose tree-crop can grow with less water and other resources and Ceres who uses aerial imagery to help farmers optimize their irrigation strategy.
A Platform For Global Impact
Emerson Collective is a social change organization that is working to renew some of society’s most calcified systems.
Emerson Collective is an organization established and led by Laurene Powell Jobs dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Elemental is Emerson Collective’s platform for applying systems level, design thinking to the multifaceted environmental challenges of our time, using every tool and talent we can avail.
Elemental Excelerator is partnering with HCF in looking at innovative ways to increase water efficiency, transparency, and supply.
The Hawaii Community Foundation (HCF) partners with and convenes experts, donors, and nonprofits to raise the level and effectiveness of philanthropy in Hawaii. HCF creates partnerships by bringing funders together with nonprofit, community, and government leaders, and shares knowledge gained through its work investments. Fresh water has always been a concern for an island in the middle of the Pacific with finite water resources.
PTT, a Fortune 500 and a member of World DJSI, is a fully integrated energy and petrochemical company in Thailand, with global footprints.
PTT, a Fortune 500 and a member of World DJSI, is a fully integrated energy and petrochemical company in Thailand. Aside from traditional energy, petrochemical, and trading businesses, PTT invests in New S-Curve businesses under the ‘Design Now’ strategy. PTT’s Innovation Team and Corporate Venture Capital identifies, partners, and invests globally in technologies for energy and sustainability, which can solve developing countries’ challenges.
Ulupono is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm.
Ulupono is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm working to improve the quality of life for island residents in four key areas: locally produced food; clean, renewable energy; and better management of water and waste.
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.
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. More.
GS is comprised of GS Holdings and various subsidiaries and affiliates including GS Energy, GS Caltex, GS Retail, GS SHOP, GS EPS, GS Global, GS E&R, GS Sports and GS E&C. GS is the 7th largest business group in Korea in terms of assets.
As a Group with a large reach in the traditional sector, GS is looking to expand and improve beyond their core business. GS is searching for ways to invest in sustainability, and hope to expedite these goals through a partnership with Elemental Excelerator.
EDF is a global, integrated energy company, one of the world's largest electricity producers, with 90% of its electricity carbon free.
EDF (Électricité de France) is a global, integrated energy company, one of the world’s largest electricity producers, with 90% of its electricity carbon free. EDF is the largest renewable energy producer in Europe and amongst the largest in North America. With 140 GW of generation capacity across more than 30 countries, EDF generates, transports, distributes and sells electricity to 38 million customers worldwide.
Kurita Group, headquartered in Japan, is a global water and environment company. Kurita provides comprehensive solutions by integrating its capabilities in water treatment chemicals, water treatment facilities, and maintenance services.
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.
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.
Founded in 1962, the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation works to build resources for Hawaii’s future. We do so by investing in promising initiatives and organizations through grantmaking, using our convening power, and introducing and spreading new ideas and approaches to help solve some of Hawaii’s most pressing problems.
Acterra is a San Francisco Bay Area 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.
Chubu Electric Power is the third largest electric power utility in Japan.
Chubu Electric Power has been establishing new revenue growth areas as global markets undergo rapid change. The company strives to solve societal issues that local communities are facing by combining its strength cultivated in its energy business and the latest technologies that can meet customer demand.
Since our roots in the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative, we have worked closely with the State Energy Office to support innovation-friendly policies.
The Hawaii State Energy Office (HSEO) is a division of the State’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. HSEO is committed to developing and deploying high-impact solutions that will maximize Hawaii’s renewable energy resources, and improve efficiency and transportation standards. In partnership with Elemental Excelerator, HSEO has brought one of the most exciting conferences, VERGE Hawaii, to the islands, showcasing Hawaii’s energy leadership and convening some of the most important voices in clean energy.
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