Our water systems are encountering such severe threats that a quarter of humanity faces looming water crises. We’re looking for solutions in three main elements of water systems — monitoring and treatment, operations and efficiency, and access.

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Can we build a better WATER system?

Funding Startups Addressing Urgent Environmental Challenges

What technologies are we looking for?

  • Measurement & repair
  • Emerging contaminants & newly regulated substances treatment
  • System optimization
  • Membrane related systems
  • Decentralized treatment solutions
  • Capital-efficient utility upgrades
  • Technology related to human capital
  • Data & AI-based maintenance tools
  • Safe, affordable, non-discriminatory drinking water solutions
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Conservation & water reuse solutions

Most public capital goes to centralized infrastructure, overlooking opportunities for improvement elsewhere in the water ecosystem. We prioritize technologies that take a decentralized approach, help municipalities and utilities reduce pollution, and advance solutions to provide clean water for all.


Kim Baker | Director of Water Innovation

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 deploy projects in Hawaii and the Asia Pacific alongside startups and local businesses, government agencies, and community organizations.




The 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.

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.

Ulupono is a Hawaii-focused impact investing firm.

Severn Trent is a UK-based water and wastewater company in the FTSE 100 (100 largest companies in the UK). The Severn Trent Water Authority was created as one of 10 state-run regional water utilities in 1973, and became a private company when the UK privatized its water sector in 1989. Today, the company serves 4.3 million homes and businesses in the Midland region.

How Do I Get Involved?

For Startups

Apply for funding up to $1 million and resources to help companies reach commercial scale.

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