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 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.
Senior Venture Partner
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 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.
Senior Venture Partner
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.
Kenny Kan is a MBA graduate from Babson College with experience in banking/corporate finance and entrepreneurship. Having lived in Israel, Taiwan, and the United States, Kenny is resourceful and is well-connected to VCs and family offices in Southeast Asia especially Taiwan.
We are supported by a diverse group of Venture Partners and Advisors with deep expertise and decades of experience.
Viridian Impact, NYSERDA EIR, venture partner Bright Capital, NREL IAB, serial entrepreneur
Former board chair and long-term member E8, former executive Microsoft & Expedia
Founder Cipactil and Enertech Search Partners, vast recruiting experience in energy/climate field
E8 member, Managing Partner BluOx Ventures, formerly NextEra, Smart Energy Capital, SunEdison
E8 member, Sales VP at venture backed growth companies, M&A at Siemens Energy
Co-founder GSF, formerly CBRE Energy & Sustainability, Sr. Director Veolia
Chair E8 screening committee - Tech Due Diligence Lead MBA, PhD
E8 member, serial entrepreneur, former executive Microsoft, consultant with Bain & Co.
VEIR, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, CEO/Founder/ Board member of several VC backed companies
Director, Physical Science at IP Group
Chairman Chip Diagnostic,
Board member Enachip, Instrumems, Lumiode
Experienced Board Member with focus on cleantech industry including Jinko Solar and Nanograf.
Ex GE, BCG, JP Morgan Chase
Director, Clean Energy Institute
Boeing-Sutter Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Washington
Co-Founder, CleanTech Leaders Roundtable; Partner, Mission Driven Capital Partners; Head of Origination, EDF Renewables; CEO, OwnEnergy, Inc.; Goldman Sachs, Alternative Energy Investing; AES