News & Blog

Please enjoy the most recent blog posts and news from Element 8, along with announcements from our portfolio companies and from the cleantech and sustainability industries.  You may filter the feed by interest.

Element 8 News

Sep 22 2016

OregonBEST FEST 2016 – An Element 8 Field Trip

Are you brave enough to eat crickets?  What if they were folded into a VooDoo donut? These and other questions were answered as eleven Element 8 members ventured down on the train to OregonBEST’s 8th…

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Aug 10 2016

Tesla’s CTO Just Backed A Startup That Makes An Ice Battery

Tesla’s CTO Just Backed A Startup That Makes An Ice Battery Fortune – August 3, 2016 by Katie Fehrenbacher The technology, which can lower energy bills, plugs into supermarket refrigerators. Tesla chief technology officer JB…

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May 17 2016

2015 in Review by Kristi Growdon, Element 8 Executive Director

It was an honor to serve the Element 8 membership in 2015, which marked my first full year as the Executive Director of this outstanding organization. A year on the job has made me even…

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May 17 2016

Element 8 Members and Fellows Judge 8th Annual Environmental Innovation Challenge

Pictured: Paul Garner talks with entrepreneurs at the 2016 Environmental Innovation Challenge by Allison Arnold, Element 8 Fellow The energy and excitement was palpable upon entering the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. After months of toil,…

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Apr 28 2016

COP21 – The Road Ahead for Sustainability

To read the full story by Eric Berman you can follow this link and see the official publication on   Last week’s signing of the Paris climate accord successfully returned international efforts on climate change to…

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Mar 7 2016

Element 8 Members Continue to Fund Promising Clean Technology and Sustainability-related Start Ups

  PRESS RELEASE:   Group continues to see interest from range of technologies from across the United States SEATTLE (March 7, 2016) – Element 8 announced its members invested nearly $3.3 million in 17 innovative…

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Mar 7 2016

Cleantech resurgence expected as Element 8 pumps $3.3M into startups in 2015

Madeline Vuong, GeekWire | 3/7/16  Angel investors of the Pacific Northwest collective Element 8, which focuses exclusively on early-stage clean tech companies, put nearly $3.3 million into 17 startups this past year. That’s the smallest…

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Jan 19 2016

Element 8 Co-Chair, Eric Berman speaks with Xconomy

Element 8 co-chair Eric Berman spoke with Xconomy’s Jeff Engel about the resurgence of clean tech investment. Sections of that interview were used in the following article. Cleantech Evolves, Will Investors Follow? Jeff Engel,…

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Oct 20 2015

Element 8 Newsletter – Fall 2015

Jul 30 2015

12 Companies Get Funding Through Element 8

PRESS RELEASE 12 Companies Get Funding Through Element 8 New and follow-on investments fuel growth in range of clean technologies SEATTLE (June 19, 2015), So far this year Element 8 members have invested $1.4 million…

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Feb 24 2015

Element 8 and ARPA-E

Kristi Growdon Executive Director, Element 8 Earlier this month, I had had the opportunity to attend the ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency) Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC to represent Element 8 members. An annual…

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Nov 12 2014

Element 8 Wins 2014 CleanTech Achievement Award

Organization’s focus on funding early stage cleantech companies has accelerated success of technologies SEATTLE (November 12, 2014) – Element 8, an angel investment group focused on advancing clean technologies by investing in highly promising, early-stage…

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Oct 15 2014

OneEnergy Renewables Secures $5M in Series B Funding

Company draws support from new and existing investors to expand reach from coast to coast Press Release, OneEnergy | 10/14/14 SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE) OneEnergy Renewables, a leading developer of distributed, utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, today…

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Sep 19 2014

New No. 1 at Element 8: Angel Group Brings on New Executive Director

Rachel Lerman, Puget Sound Business Journal | 9/19/14 Element 8, a Seattle-based angel investor group that focuses on clean tech startups, announced Sept. 19 that Kristi Growdon would be taking over as executive director. Growdon…

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Jun 27 2014

Seattle Roundup: UW Commercialization, WISErg, Element 8, & More

Ben Romano, Xconomy | 07/27/14 Big news for the state’s innovation economy this week was the change of leadership in the University of Washington’s commercialization efforts. We also saw funding for WISErg, which takes grocery…

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Jun 24 2014

Expo Showcases Wash. State Companies’ Budding Clean Tech Economy

Bellamy Pailthorp, KPLU Radio | Click here to listen to the story A cornerstone of Gov. Jay Inslee’s election campaign was the promise of new jobs in clean technology. But how healthy is the sector…

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Jun 23 2014

What Can the Northwest Do Best in Clean Energy?

Ben Romano, Xconomy The Pacific Northwest has a burgeoning clean energy industry, underpinned by strong public research institutions, active angel investors, and an environmental ethos that’s part of the culture. But leaders in the field…

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Jun 3 2014

Angel Investors Rethink Exit Strategies

Ellie Winninghoff, Private Wealth “Angel investors don’t make money owning companies,” noted angel investor and former Willamette University professor Robert Wiltbank said. “They make money by selling companies.” But what happens when nobody wants to…

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May 28 2014

Entrepreneurship And Angel Investing Are Breaking Barriers For Women

Geri Stengel, forbeswomen Opportunities are growing for women to sidestep the glass ceiling and steer clear of the glass cliff, that corporate “opportunity” for leadership given to women and minorities when there is high risk…

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Apr 14 2014

Investing in Dreams: Northwest Programs Educate New Angels

Ben Romano, Xconomy Desney Tan is a decorated computer scientist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research where he works on mobile and wearable devices. He’s done well enough to have “a couple extra dollars to…

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October Member Meeting
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