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Our global food system, from production to distribution and consumption, is largely based on unsustainable and outdated practices.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.
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.
Accelerating Companies Through Key Commercial Inflection Points
TerViva Tested A New Product
Elemental funded the first real-world test of TerViva's sustainable cattle protein supplement. The company's Pongamia trees grow productively on distressed agriculture land and produce plant protein and oilseed with 10x the yield of soy. TerViva partnered with another Elemental portfolio company, Kunoa Cattle, to test the palatability of a pongamia-based feed, resulting in higher weight gain (150% after 90 days) and higher quality of the finished product.TerViva >
Blue Ocean Barns Is Building A Commercial Engine
Did you know that methane emissions from cow burps are equivalent to the global emissions from cars? 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. Through Elemental’s Go-to-Market track, the company is working on building a commercial engine to bring its seaweed-based climate solution to market with farmers everywhere.Blue Ocean Barns >
Ceres Piloted With New Crops & Climates
As part of Elemental Excelerator’s Demonstration track, Ceres flew over roughly 50,000 total acres across Oahu, Kauai, Big Island, and Maui and developed new crop models for 7 tropical crops. Diversifying the crop portfolio has allowed Ceres Imaging to engage in an accelerated market launch conversation with macadamia nut growers in Australia and coffee growers in Central and Latin America.Ceres Imaging >
Our Food & Agriculture Portfolio
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
Delivering superior control and efficiency to industrial freezers
Producing carbon negative plant protein and vegetable oil on distressed agricultural lands
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.
Our 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.
A Platform For Global Impact
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.
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.
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