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The management team brings deep sector and investing experience. E8 Ventures will engage actively with portfolio companies to create value with the support of a diverse group of Venture Partners and Advisors with deep expertise and decades of experience.


Jean-Noel Poirier

Managing Partner

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Jean-Noel Poirier has extensive operating and investment experience. He served as Executive Managing Director of the Clean Energy Venture Group (CEVG) and built a 20 year executive career as CEO of Inventec Performance Chemicals,  senior executive at Global Solar Energy, First Solar and Honeywell International among other roles, and serves on a number of committees in the climatetech sector ecosystem.


Kathleen Hebert

Senior Venture Partner

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Kathleen Hebert is a board member of E8 Angels where she serves on the screening committee, leads diligence teams, and is an advisor to the Decarbon8 Fund. Deeply involved in clean technology investment and climate action, she serves on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of Washington, the Clean Energy Transition Institute, and was a 2015 Northwest Conservation Fellow with a focus on Water Sustainability. Kathleen was a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft and a strategy consultant at BCG.


Lars Johansson

Founding Partner

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Lars Johansson is an experienced angel investor and fund manager, having actively invested in the climate tech sector for 15 years. He is a manager of the Element 8 Fund, our successful predecessor fund, and has been a long-term board member of E8 Angels. Lars’ background is in technology, where he was an executive at Microsoft for 17 years, initially in his native country of Sweden before being asked to transition to its headquarters.


Jeff Canin

Senior Venture Partner

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Jeff Canin serves is a Board Member of E8 Angels and Manager of the Element 8 Fund I. Jeff serves as Investor-in-Residence and Advisory Board Member at the University of Washington’s Clean Energy Institute, and  is a member of the Investment Committee of Portland-based VertueLab. Previously, he was an EIR at the University of Washington and Oregon State University, and has over 20 years’ experience as a venture capitalist, investment banker and tech stock financial analyst.

Venture Partners

We are supported by a diverse group of Venture Partners and Advisors with deep expertise and decades of experience.

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Mark Austin

Viridian Impact, NYSERDA EIR, venture partner Bright Capital, NREL IAB, serial entrepreneur

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Eric Berman

Former board chair and long-term member E8, former executive Microsoft & Expedia

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Paige Carraturo

Founder Cipactil and Enertech Search Partners, vast recruiting experience in energy/climate field

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Michael Grenier

E8 member, Managing Partner BluOx Ventures, formerly NextEra, Smart Energy Capital, SunEdison

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Mark Hormann

E8 member, Sales VP at venture backed growth companies, M&A at Siemens Energy

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Elodie Michaels

Co-founder GSF, formerly CBRE Energy & Sustainability, Sr. Director Veolia

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Molly Shor

Chair E8 screening committee - Tech Due Diligence Lead MBA, PhD

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Jeff Thiel

E8 member, serial entrepreneur, former executive Microsoft, consultant with Bain & Co.

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Adam Wallen

VEIR, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, CEO/Founder/ Board member of several VC backed companies

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Nena Golubovic

Director, Physical Science at IP Group

Chairman Chip Diagnostic,

Board member Enachip, Instrumems, Lumiode

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Steven Markscheid

Experienced Board Member with focus on cleantech industry including  Jinko Solar and Nanograf.

Ex GE, BCG, JP Morgan Chase

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Dan Schwartz

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Director, Clean Energy Institute

Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering 

University of Washington


Jake Susman

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Co-Founder, CleanTech Leaders Roundtable; Partner, Mission Driven Capital Partners; Head of Origination, EDF Renewables; CEO, OwnEnergy, Inc.; Goldman Sachs, Alternative Energy Investing; AES

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