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.
Accelerating Companies Through Key Commercial Inflection Points
Zero Mass Water Piloted A New Business Model
Zero Mass Water piloted its new water-as-a-service business model through Elemental’s Demonstration Track. The company partnered with Queensland-based Waddi Springs to bottle drinking water produced by Zero Mass’ SOURCE Hydropanels, which extract water vapor from the air to make, mineralize, and deliver drinking water. Once installed, the array is projected to create up to 1 million liters of water per year.Zero Mass Water >
Buoy Was Acquired By Resideo
After joining our portfolio, Buoy was acquired by Resideo, a smart home company under the Honeywell portfolio. Buoy's Demonstration project involves installing 75 whole-home water control devices in households across Oahu where sewer capacity is being evaluated. In partnership with the Board of Water Supply and Honeywell, the company will aggregate customer data to help understand Hawaii residential water use and lay the foundation to create water conservation programs.Buoy Labs >
Kando Is Entering A New Market
Kando’s sensors and analytics system helps water utilities pinpoint in real time the sources of pollution in wastewater networks. Through Elemental’s Equity & Access track, Kando is deploying its technology for the first time in California, a leader in the area of wastewater reuse. Tracing pollution events back to the source puts polluters on notice and improves the overall quality of wastewater networks, which is especially impactful in frontline communities experiencing disproportionate levels of pollution and water stress.Kando >
Our Water Portfolio
Automated design software for water treatment facilities
Recovering sustainable resources from wastewater
Redefining water infrastructure through machine learning
Portable water quality sensors for rapid contaminant analysis
Situational awareness for the wastewater network
Biotechnologies for safe drinking water, wastewater treatment, and renewable chemicals
Making drinking water from sunlight and air
Smart water leak detection & control for homes; Acquired by Resideo in 2019
Aerial imagery solutions for farmers
Customer engagement for water utilities
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. More.
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