Innovation that looks at the needs of a specific place and then works with the community to find and implement innovative solutions
Elemental Excelerator helps startups change the world, one community at a time. Each year, we find 15-20 companies that best fit our mission and fund each company up to $1 million to improve systems that impact people’s lives: energy, transportation, water, agriculture, and beyond. To date, we have awarded over $22 million to more than 60 companies. What makes us unique? We co-fund, co-design, and co-develop projects and strategies that improve infrastructure and sustainably enhance communities.
We believe in the power of innovation and people to create transformative change. We work to improve communities through technology innovation, economic opportunity, and sustainable modernization. This is what we call place-based innovation. What does that mean? It means that we look at the challenges of a specific place and then work with the community and startups to solve these challenges in innovative ways.
Elemental Excelerator is a nonprofit created in collaboration with Emerson Collective, an investment and philanthropic platform. Elemental Excelerator works collaboratively with Emerson Collective’s Elemental practice, which focuses on strengthening the relationship between humanity and nature through scalable, equitable, and innovative solutions. We are funded by the U.S. Navy and a diverse coalition of utility partners, corporate partners, the U.S. Department of Energy, state government, and philanthropic organizations. Our goal is not only to curate a portfolio of innovative and impactful startups, but also to build an ecosystem of passionate people working to change the world, one community at a time. We hope you’ll join us.
Each September, we publish our annual report. Our reports look a little different from those typically produced by financial institutions, tech companies, government agencies, or nonprofits. This is because our program is a hybrid. We stand at the nexus of investors, tech accelerators, and government grant programs. And yes, we are a nonprofit.
Impact Report 2015 – 2016
Impact Report 2014 – 2015