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March 15, 2014
Honolulu Mini Maker Faire
This is the first time that Honolulu, Hawaii hosts a Mini Maker Faire. Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. In this Honolulu first Maker Faire, HTDC sponsored free soldering classes held by HI Capacity.
March 5, 2014
DBEDT presents:
HI Growth Entrepreneurs’ Day 2014
We are pleased to announce this year's Entrepreneurs' Day at the Capitol will happen on March 5, 2014. This is a great opportunity for our entrepreneurial community to showcase the exciting things they've been working on, as well as to meet and network with fellow entrepreneurs and legislators!
February 21, 2014
Sudokrew, Startup Weekend Honolulu and HTDC present:
APPARATUS: A Product Design Workshop with Jon Lewis
As a follow up to Startup Weekend, Sudokrew Solutions and HTDC will be a hosting a FREE 2 hour introduction to product design with Jon Lewis. Jon has designed products for startups in San Francisco like Mindsnacks, Storenvy, andWillcall. He’s also a designer in residence with The Designer Fund and aBridge 2013 Alumni.
January 24, 2014
INNOVATE Hawaii and HTDC present:
MIC Smartboard Interactive Display Training
Perhaps you've walked by or attended one of our webinars in the room #160 and thought to yourself, "What is that huge screen on the wall?" "What does it do?" It's more than just a big computer monitor... Come to our training and find out! In this free training session, we will cover great uses for the new meeting room, how to use the interactive board software, collaborating with your colleagues using the ConceptBoard program, a little trivia fun and more!
December 10, 2013

INNOVATE Hawaii presents:
The Boeing Company SBIR/STTR and Mentor Protege Program (Webinar)
How does The Boeing Company assist SBIR companies?  In this free webinar hosted by INNOVATE Hawaii, Boeing Program Manager, Adriana S. Ocampo will provide information on how The Boeing Company leverages the SBIR program and the benefits of working with The Boeing Company’s SBIR and Mentor Protégé program.
December 4, 2013
Sultan Ventures & HSDC
2013 Hawaii VC Summit & Startup Paradise Demo Day
The 2013 Hawaii Annual VC Summit will be a day packed with talks by thought leaders in Hawaii's startup community; launch of Startup Paradise initiative; a keynote by Don Dodge, advisor to Google Ventrues, on the next big opportunities in venture capital; and pitches by companies out of Blue Startups and Energy Excelerator, Hawaii's venture accelerators.
December 3, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii presents:
U.S. Dept. of Energy FY14 SBIR/STTR Phase I Release 2 FOA (Webinar)
Join INNOVATE Hawaii for this free webinar with the DOE SBIR/STTR Programs Director, Manny Oliver as he provides a brief overview of the:
-Federal SBIR/STTR Programs
-DOE SBIR/STTR Technology Areas
-DOE SBIR/STTR Application and Award Process as it relates to the FY14 Phase I Release 2 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)
November 20, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii presents:
Lockheed Martin SBIR Awardee Partnership Opportunities (Webinar)
Lockheed Martin is an active supporter of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. These are Federal programs designed to fund small businesses to conduct research and develop emerging technology. Whether working as a subcontractor or a technology mentor, Lockheed Martin provides small businesses with various assistance during different phases of their SBIR/STTR projects; including supporting technology requirements, evaluation, co-development, and insertion into larger systems.
November 19, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii presents:
Department of Energy Federal Labs (Webinar)
Do you want to know: How to work with federal labs in order to help SMEs in your region; Learn about technology transfer pathways; and know what the laboratory role and contributions are?
You will hear from the following DOE Federal Labs:
1. Brookhaven National Laboratory
2. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
3. Oak Ridge National Lab and Manufacturing Demonstration Facility
4. National Renewable Energy Laboratory
5. Sandia National Laboratory
November 14, 2013
HSDC and HTDC presents:
Proof of Concept Centers - A Best Practices Symposium
The commercialization of university research is a key driver of economic growth. Proof of Concept Centers have emerged as effective models of commercialization.
October 23-25, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii presents:
13TH Biennial Hawaii SBIR/STTR Conference

Funding Opportunities for Innovations and Getting to Market
Over $2 Billion available in Federal Funds

The conference provides a rare opportunity to learn from and individually meet with federal SBIR managers from Washington, D.C. at one location, a comprehensive overview of the SBIR/STTR programs and how you can participate and updates on the technologies and innovations the SBIR/STTR programs will fund this year.
September 24, 2013
Hawaii Inventors Association presents:
How to Give an Effective Presentation: Pitching Your Invention
The presentation will be an interactive session on presentation techniques ranging from the basics (don't mumble, face the audience, don't read the slides), to PowerPoint tips,  to talk organization.  These techniques are of use in any presentation, but the emphasis will be on fund raising (investor) presentations.
September 5, 2013

PR for Startups Silicon Valley Style: How to Grow Your Company
Learn how to think strategically about your startup’s communications, get the most out of PR at any stage of your company’s growth and work effectively with PR agencies during a lunchtime seminar designed for Honolulu entrepreneurs. Join panelists Darren Kimura, Lori Teranishi and Lauren Scherr, all Hawaii born and raised, for an interactive session moderated by Clifton Kagawa.

August 6, 2013
Mad Mimi: Build An Email Newsletter Your Subscribers Want To Receive
Dean Levitt, Chief of Culture at Mad Mimi will show you how to get your customers to read and take action with your email newsletters!
July 2, 2013
An Entrepreneur's Journey: Dean Levitt, Partner at MadMimi shares lessons from their journey 
"How we grew our email marketing biz with zero advertising budget to over 40 million emails a day"
June 10, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii and HTDC presents

Product Design and Development Workshop

Need To Accelerate Your Design Project? Learn here at this workshop presented by 3D Innovations, LLC!
June 6, 2013

Social Media Workshop: Relationship Marketing

Tara Coomans of Akamai Marketing and Laura Kinoshita of Kinoshita Communications provide insight on what people expect and want to share online today. Meeting their needs will improve your customer engagement and help you promote your business, on and offline.

June 5, 2013

INNOVATE Hawaii and HTDC presents

SBIR Grant Writing Workshop

The workshop focuses on the following SBIR topics

•  SBIR Program Overview
•  Idea Development & Background Research
•  Customer Contact
•  Phase I Proposal Construction
•  Budget Development
•  Execution
•  Phase I to Phase II Transition
•  Phase II Proposal Construction

May 23, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii and HTDC presents
Intro to Design Thinking Workshop
Design thinking is a process to help you understand your customer in a deep and meaningful way. This understanding helps to ensure that the product or service you design is desirable and fits well within the context of your customer’s life. Design thinking promotes creative confidence and innovation while fostering a mindset of being human-centered and action-oriented. We will teach the five-step process built by the Stanford University Design School (, and IDEO.
April 11, 2013
INNOVATE Hawaii and HTDC presents
Business Intellectual Property Issues All Start-Ups Should Know
Business Law Counsel, Johnathan C. Bolton, has experience in helping businesses avoid mistakes starting out their new businesses. He will speak on: Basics of business formation. Corporate governance issues. Contracting Issues, Tips for avoiding litigation/ Intellectual Property (IP) Counsel Martin S. Loui a former Patent Examiner and Trademark attorney of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has helped many startup companies from Silicon Valley to Washington D.C., and abroad. He will discuss: IP for different industries IP clearance, procurement, and the intersection of IP and internet laws Patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
March 20,2013
Honolulu New Tech Meetup
Over 80 tech entrepreneurs came to The Box Jelly to learn about HI's Accelerators & Incubators and hear pitches from the 1st Blue Startups Teams.


Mahalo to all of our clients who showed up at Entrepreneurs’ Day at the State Capitol on March 6th – 3D Innovations, Shopping Made Mobile, Undefeated Games, Tapiki, PeopleBridge, HyperSpective, and Graphic Creative. The place was bustling and filled with great entrepreneur energy. A message was definitely sent that day to our legislators to let them know how important our entrepreneurs are and to support the HiGrowth bill HB858!


December 28, 2012

13th Annual Holiday Science and Tech Fair
Check out the ThinkTech video, our photos, and a review on our first ever app showcase!

Nov 27, 2012
INNOVATE Hawaii and HTDC presents

Family-owned Business Workshop

Managing a family-owned business presents unique problems and challenges. Family-owned businesses not only encounter the same business difficulties as any other enterprise, but are also forced to deal with personal and relationship issues.
Oct 8, 2012
HiBEAM and HTDC presents

Attracting Asian Investors

If you are a technology and innovation based venture in Hawaii and are interested to know how to prepare yourself to meet Asian investors, do watch this presentation by Mr. K.O. Chia, president of the Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association.
Sept 28, 2012
Project Management Insitute Professional Development Day
Top 3 Rules Startups Value and Project Managers Should Too

Has a curveball ever thrown your project into crisis mode? How do you recover? Have you ever had to change directions or abandon the work that you already started? Because of their nature, tech startups face these challenges more often than most companies. And with scarce time, money, and resources, the plan to recovery is imposing. The approach successful startups take may seem chaotic but it is embedded with principles and best practices from the corporate world.


Sept 25, 2012
Emergency Preparedness for your Biz!

Hawaii’s Civil Defense will present a training session on Emergency Preparedness for your Business! It’s Not ……If It’s Coming……But When? Do you have an emergency plan for your business? Do you and your employees know what to do if there is a major disaster? September is Emergency Preparedness Month! Be Prepared!


Crowdfunding through platforms like can be a powerful tool for generating buzz, validating a market for your product, and raising seed capital, but with thousands of new projects posted every week it often takes more than a great idea and a homemade video to get funded.  Does the crowdfunding advice you read online really work? 


Aug 02, 2012
HSDC and Startup Hawaii presents
Accelerating Hawaii's Startup Innovation

Keynote speaker Steve Case joined local entrepreneurs, executives, and business accelerator experts from across the country to discuss ways to accelerate Hawaii's startup ecosystem!

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