Coworking & Innovation
Maui Research & Technology Center
Maui Research & Technology Center is located at
590 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, HI 96753
Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative (NI3)
NI3 provides business mentoring to startup and small companies to achieve its next growth level. The advantage of this program is that the assistance is provided at no-cost to the company. Mentors on Kauai Island and Hawaii Island meet when and where it is convenient for the company. NI3 helps eliminate the challenge of access to resources because of their location. Distance on neighbor islands can be challenging for companies to get access to resources and this program helps to eliminate that challenge.
Company criteria for NI3 assistance
- Companies must be involved in developing new technologies or utilizing technology as a core of their business
- Companies must have fewer than 16 employees
- Annual revenue less than $1M
- Age of company not a factor
- Company must be registered in the state
INNOVATE Hawaii assists manufacturers looking to improve their business and are willing to invest time and resources to grow their company. INNOVATE Hawaii builds the strength and competitiveness of Hawaii manufacturers through an array of programs and services, including coaching and training, consulting, collaboration-focused industry programs, and grant opportunities.
The team includes experienced business professionals with skills in manufacturing systems and methods, strategic planning and implementation, business development, process analysis, and technology commercialization. Technical assistance, training, and consulting services to manufacturers are available to program participants. INNOVATE Hawaii administers the Manufacturing Assistance Program Grant (MAP) and the Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research Grant (HSBIR).
INNOVATE Hawaii is a program of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP). The MEP National Network™ is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing. INNOVATE Hawaii is the official representative of the MEP National Network in the State of Hawaii.
INNOVATE Hawaii offers a FREE one-hour consultation on the first Tuesday of every month! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Examples of services
- growth planning
- cost control and reduction
- technology deployment
- skill development
- quality system analysis
- process analysis and improvement
- facility design and layout
- world-class manufacturing initiatives
- Export assistance
Funding to support R&D and Manufacturing
INNOVATE Hawaii administers HTDC's grant programs.
The Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research grant (HSBIR) provides matching grants to help companies further the development of new products to solve critical issues. The Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) offers Hawaii-based manufacturers up to a 20% reimbursement (up to $100,000) on qualified expenses for expansion or becoming energy efficient. Click on the buttons below to learn more
INNOVATE Hawaii seeks Business Consultants
INNOVATE Hawaii seeks applications for various business consulting services needed to support INNOVATE Hawaii's program throughout FY2018-2019. Applications will be accepted July 10, 2017 - June 30, 2019. Click here for more details and to download an application.
Hawaii Center For Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT)
Through a partnership with the Air Force and the State of Hawaii, HCATT manages both the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles and the Air Force Energy and Security Integration and Demonstration Center. HCATT’s projects combine demonstration and integration of multiple renewable energy technologies to inform Air Force requirements and concepts of operation. Through partnerships with industry, and local and federal government, HCATT supports the development of ready installations, resilient environmental infrastructure and reliable energy in Hawaii and the Pacific Region.
HCATT partnerships include federal funding support from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), through its Advanced Power and Technology Office (APTO) as well as renewable energy infrastructure development with the Hawaii Hydrogen Implementation Working Group (H2IWG).
- Pacific Energy Assurance Renewables Laboratory (PEARL) will provide energy assurance and resiliency for the Hawaii Air National Guard. It also will serve as a renewable energy demonstration laboratory and microgrid prototype for the Air Force, Department of Defense and the state of Hawaii. PEARL will incorporate advances in utility scale microgrid planning, cybers security design, and renewable energy generation, distribution and control technologies in an operational military environment.
- H2 for Fuel, H2 for Electricity - HCATT manages two hydrogen (H2) fueling stations which generate, store and dispense H2 on site. The stations provide fuel for the alternative fuel vehicle demonstrations and indicates opportunities for hydrogen in electric utility applications.
- Hydrogen Implementation Working Group (H2IWG) - The group convenes stakeholders from public, private and not for profit entities to facilitate the growth of a hydrogen economy in the state of Hawaii.
- Energy Awareness Activities - HCATT partners with youth leadership development fellowships, Department of Defense senior leader courses, industry internship programs and others to host on-site information briefs and hands-on technology introduction.