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May 17, 2016

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 more inspired by the dedication of Element 8 members to catalyze change toward more...

May 17, 2016

Pictured: Paul Garner talks with entrepreneurs at the 2016 Environmental Innovation Challenge

The energy and excitement was palpable upon entering the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. After months of toil, trials, and undoubtedly, some all-nighters, twenty-three student...

April 28, 2016

Last week’s signing of the Paris climate accord successfully returned international efforts on climate change to the media spotlight. As private investors in cleantech startups since 2006, Element 8 members have been following the developments since December very close...

March 7, 2016


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 clean technology companies in 2015, through individual investme...

March 7, 2016

GeekWire, 3/7/2016

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 investment made by the angel group since 2011, th...

January 19, 2016

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.


Jeff Engel, | 1/19/16

Cleantech mig...

July 30, 2015

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 in 12 companies (both new and follow-on) with several more in the d...

February 24, 2015

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 event organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the ARPA-E Summit brings togeth...

October 15, 2014

Several Element 8 members recently had the opportunity to travel to the Tri Cities to meet with researchers and scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) – one of ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories managed by the DOE’s Office of Sci...

September 20, 2014

Puget Sound Business Journal:

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 previously ran her own consulting company and has a long history...

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