We accelerate startups who transform communities

We co-fund, co-design, and co-develop projects and strategies that improve infrastructure and sustainably enhance communities

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Two Tracks

Which Track Is Right For Your Company

We fund companies at two key stages of development: companies with technology in search of a scalable business model, and companies with customers in search of scale.

Go-to-market

For companies with an innovative technology (must already be working) and an excellent team (2 or more people) that need to vet their product/market fit, we help you find customers

up to $75K

  • Inclusion in a tight-knit community of investors, corporates, policymakers, and customers
  • Peer-driven mentorship
  • Community engagement

Demonstration

For companies with an innovative technology, excellent team, customer traction, and the resources to grow, we help you scale in Hawaii and Asia Pacific markets

up to $1M

  • Inclusion in a tight-knit community of investors, corporates, policymakers, and customers
  • Project design and deep stakeholder and community engagement

up to $75K

  • Inclusion in a tight-knit community of investors, corporates, policymakers, and customers
  • Peer-driven mentorship
  • Community engagement

up to $1M

  • Inclusion in a tight-knit community of investors, corporates, policymakers, and customers
  • Project design and deep stakeholder and community engagement
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To apply, take 90 seconds to complete our pre-application.

Applications open Spring 2018.

We Are More Than Funding

We build custom ecosystems around each company in our portfolio, surrounding them with the people and resources they need to succeed.

Companies from both tracks give back by contributing 1-6% equity, sharing their networks, and engaging deeply in our community.

WHAT WE CARE ABOUT

Energy

The nature of the electricity grid is changing. How can we integrate and scale up renewable energy?

Water

Every human deserves access to clean water. How can we more intelligently manage the world's scarce water resources?

Transportation

As we move toward better, more efficient mobility, how can we increase access to and availability of clean transportation options?

Agriculture

How can we help farmers and landowners increase their yield, manage their costs, and find additional revenue streams?

Resilience

From cybersecurity to microgrids, how can we secure and support our virtual and physical infrastructure?

And Beyond

Materials, manufacturing, recycling, finance - we want to learn what’s new and how you’re innovating.

In our Applicant Package, we get specific with the solutions we are seeking.

FAQ

How do I apply?

Take 90 seconds to submit some simple information at elementalexcelerator.com/apply. 
Applications will open Spring 2018.

How does the funding work?

We award grants and/or cost-reimbursable contracts to your company: up to $75k in our Go-to-market Track and up to $1M in our Demonstration Track. Check out our Applicant Package for all the details.

What is expected of me if I am accepted?

You become part of the Elemental Excelerator family and we provide your company with grant funding, access to a community of investors, customers, and partners, and a long-term commitment to helping you succeed. In return, we expect a high level of participation and collaboration from you and your team. Specifically, we require:

1. At least two of your team members to participate in all program activities;

2. Donation of 1-6% equity to Elemental Excelerator for the services our team 
and program contributes to the success of your company; and

3. Companies who are accepted pay a program fee to partially offsets meals, transportation, and other activities during the program.

Do I need to relocate my company to Hawaii?

No, our program is structured so that you don’t have to move to Hawaii (unless you want to). We facilitate three separate week-long working sessions with your cohort and the community - two in Honolulu and one in Silicon Valley. But, companies we work with usually travel to Hawaii at least three or four times throughout the program. We can provide the most value when our companies see Hawaii or Asia Pacific as strategic growth markets for their business.

What are my chances of being accepted into the program?

We typically accept only 5% of applicants into our program. Each year, we select 12-15 companies out of the over 500 startups we meet and engage with throughout the year

Our Test Beds

We believe that communities are the best increments of change, so we select cohorts of companies who, collectively, can transform communities. Where are we starting?

HAWAII

100%

Renewable Portfolio Standard by 2045

EEx DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

28

Projects impacting communities across Hawaii and the Asia Pacific

SCALING GLOBALLY

11

Global Partners from Hawaii, U.S., Asia Pacific, and Europe

Our Top 5 Favorite Resources

1

EEx’s 2018 Cohort Applicant Package

Reference material for startups entering our application process. It includes answers to key questions, dates for your calendar, and insight into how we select a cohort.

2

Meet EEx's Global Partners

Our Global Partners are selected to provide strategic value to our portfolio companies. Get to know them and what their innovation needs are.

3

Island Pulse

A real-time feed of Oahu’s energy usage powered by Blue Planet Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Co. The back-end data is aggregated and provided by in2lytics, an EEx portfolio company, through a project we funded.

4

Hawaii Fresh Water Initiative Blueprint for Action

Wonder how we can increase Hawaii’s freshwater resources by 100 million gallons per day? Check out this plan developed by stakeholders.

5

Hawaii State Energy Office's Energy Facts and Figures

A 2017 snapshot of where Hawaii is on its way to 100% renewable energy.