Programs

HTDC’s programs are focused on building the next generation technology, innovation and manufacturing industries. HTDC offers startups a variety of opportunities to ramp up quickly through its facilities, funding and mentoring. Programs help companies at all stages, overcome challenges and equip companies to create sustainable and globally competitive businesses.

Overview

HTDC programs are helping to meet the 80/80 Initiative goal to create 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs earning $80,000 or more in Hawaii by 2030. Our programs serve all facets of the tech and innovation sectors through developing places where people come together to create, providing funding and mentoring for the most promising companies and helping employers gain access to Hawaii’s brightest talent.

HTDC Facilities and CoWork

HTDC offers a variety of services to help grow a company from startup to beyond product launch.

Overview

Our facilities offer low cost office and co-working space. HTDC offers mentoring, educational programs and access to resources to grow your business. Dozens of clients have successfully graduated from incubation and moved into spaces of their own. HTDC has facilities in both downtown Honolulu (Entrepeneurs Sandbox) and in Kihei, Maui (Maui Research and Technology Center).

Entrepreneurs Sandbox

The Entrepreneurs Sandbox is a community center for innovation. Open to all ages, people will be able to learn how to bring their ideas into reality. The Sandbox will house limited private office space opportunities, a cowork space, digital media studio and production facility. The Sandbox is currently accepting applications for the office space waitlist.

Overview

The Entrepreneurs Sandbox is a community center for innovators of all ages. It encourages creativity, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship. The facility is approximately 13,500 square feet and features a collaboration and event area ideal for town hall meetings and community gatherings, digital media studio, coworking space, meeting rooms, and a few small offices. It will host a variety of educational programs and activities for all ages. Entrepreneurs Sandbox is located at 643 Ilalo Street, Honolulu HI 96813.

Visit the Entrepreneurs Sandbox official website for details & rates on co-work membership, event space and conference room rentals.

Applications for the Sandbox office space waitlist available HERE.

OFFICE RENTAL DETAILS

TYPE OF COMPANIES FOR SANDBOX:
Tech/innovation, startups and companies (Service Providers) that can offer support to clients of the Sandbox.

NUMBER AND SIZE OF OFFICES:
Nine (9) offices, 200sqft est. each
Companies selected may only rent one (1) office.

RENTAL RATES:
Qualified Startup – Starting at $800/month
Qualified Service Providers – Starting at $1,100/month
Market Rate – $1,500/month

FEATURES:
a) 24 hour access to office
b) *Furnished Office – (three desks, three chairs)
c) *Eight (8) hours of conference room time per month (in any of the 3 conference rooms). Hours exceed to be charged an hourly fee at the Member rate.
d) Internet access
e) Weekday cleaning service
f) Access to 2nd floor breakroom and kitchen
g) Use event space (collaboration and cowork area) – to be provided at a Member rate
i) General hours of operation for Sandbox: M-F 8am-4:30pm w/ on-site support
j) A/C hours will be aligned with general hours of operation.

k) General mail service
l)  Parking can be made available for a monthly fee with the Sandbox Mgt Office.

Offerings may be subject to change.



The Making of Entrepreneurs Sandbox – Construction Time-Lapse Video – May ~ Jul 2018


Entrepreneurs Sandbox Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Making of Entrepreneurs Sandbox

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INNOVATE Hawaii

INNOVATE Hawaii is the state’s NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Network Center, which supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to enhance their productivity, growth, and technical performance through programs and services across the islands.

Overview

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.

NIST MEP

INNOVATE Hawaii offers a FREE one-hour consultation on the first Tuesday of every month! Email info@innovatehawaii.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 FY2020-2021. Applications will be accepted July 29, 2019 - June 30, 2021. Click here for more details and to download an application.

Hawaii Center For Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT)

HCATT is on a mission to improve resiliency, reduce demand, assure supply and foster an energy aware culture.

Overview

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).

 

HCATT has a new address!
707 Richards St. Suite 616 Honolulu, HI 96813

  • HCATT Projects

    HCATT Projects

    • 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.

Hawaii Center For Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT)

CALL US

808-587-1400

EMAIL US

dave@htdc.org

Creating a thriving Hawaii through collaboration and the sharing of technology solutions.

Overview

TRUE is an initiative of the Hawaii Executive Collaborative, supporting the CHANGE Framework and Movement.

Driven by a partnership between the private, public sectors and the State of Hawaii, TRUE aims to tech-enable organizations through collaboration and sharing of tech solutions to common business challenges.

Many organizations in Hawaii, from large enterprises to small-medium businesses, are slow to adopt new technologies. However, we create more opportunities to grow the tech economy and workforce by being proactive in incorporating the use of technology in our organizations. A 2017 report from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT)  found that tech-enabled jobs earn over 40% more than non-tech-enabled jobs.

Through the TRUE Initiative, we believe that as we increase the local demand for more tech talent, we can create jobs and opportunities with higher wage-earning capacity, and simultaneously, reverse the brain drain from Hawaii. In turn, with the efficiencies derived from technology enablement, our organizations can then devote resources to innovation.

Join us to tech-enable Hawaii, grow our innovation economy and keep our talent
to help Hawaii thrive.

Learn how you can be part of the TRUE Initiative

Digital Currency Innovation Lab

The Digital Currency Innovation Lab is a test bed for innovation in the digital currency space.

Overview

The Digital Currency Innovation Lab is a pilot program by the State of Hawaii. The program allows digital currency issuers to do business in Hawaii without obtaining a state money transmitter license.

In partnership with the Hawaii Division of Financial Institutions (DFI), this program is expected to:

* Create economic opportunities for Hawaii through early adoption of digital currency
* Offer consumer protection by providing guidance to issuers of digital currency
* Provide data to shape legislation supporting digital currency

The Digital Currency Innovation Lab will position Hawaii at the forefront of financial technology innovation and spur technology-based economic development in the State.

Program Details

The Digital Currency Innovation Lab will start accepting applications from March 17 – May 1, 2020.
(See “Application & Admission” section for details on the application process)

Upon acceptance into the program, the participating company will be given 2 years to engage in digital currency transactions. DFI has issued a “no action message” – stating that “no action” will be taken against companies conducting what DFI would consider unlicensed money transmission activity, if they have been successfully admitted into the program. DFI will monitor all digital currency transactions taking place in the Digital Currency Innovation Lab.

Participating companies are expected to adhere to the terms and conditions of the Digital Currency Innovation Lab. For details on the terms and conditions, read our FAQs for Companies.

Application & Admission

Application
Companies interested in participating in the Digital Currency Innovation Lab must apply and be accepted into the program. Prior to applying online, the applicant should:

* Review a sample copy of the application form**
* Review the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

**Note: There are 4 versions of Page 3 in the sample form. The financial information (financial statements) required differs depending on the type of entity the applicant is, i.e. corporation, subsidiary, non-corporation. Please review and prepare the documents needed accordingly.

There is a $500 non-refundable application fee.
Once the application is received, an email with a link to the epayment portal will be sent to the Applicant.

Please note that the application fee will not be refunded should the Applicant:

* Be rejected from admission into the program; or
* Upon successful admission, withdraw from participating in the program at any time.

Completed applications will be reviewed by the State  and companies will be notified on the status of their applications.

Admission
If the company is successfully admitted into the program, there will be an additional participation fee of $1,000 per term. An invoice will be issued via email to the contact on file to request for payment, which can be made via the epayment portal.

Questions?

Contact us at fintech@htdc.org

For FAQs pertaining to Participating Companies, click here.

For FAQs pertaining to Participants from the Public, click here.

 



Disclaimers

1. No acceptance of application shall be perceived as, or constitute any endorsement of an applicant. No denial shall be perceived as, nor constitute any repudiation of an applicant. Applications which have potentially predatory, unfair, or deceptive features, pose undue risks to consumers, or institutions, or are inconsistent with the policies of this program, will not be permitted into the program. HTDC does not approve, endorse, nor prioritize any particular applicant within this program.

2. Application approval is at HTDC’s discretion. Applicants do not have any rights or privileges. HTDC has the full discretion to accept or reject applications and there is no right to due process in this program. There is no contested case or appeals process, and no contractual rights or contractual remedies.

3. HTDC has the authority to suspend, revoke, and/or terminate any application or participation in the program on any, or even no, basis. No explanation is required. HTDC is not subject to any prior precedent, reliance, or guarantee.

4. Data, Privacy, Confidentiality and Limitation of Liability. This application form is provided for government-authorized use only. Unauthorized or improper use of the system the application form resides on may result in civil and criminal penalties. By submitting this application form, the PARTICIPANT understands and consents to the following:

A) The PARTICIPANT has no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communications or data transiting or stored on this information system; and is hereby notified that any information provided could become publicly available data.

B) HTDC is a government entity and subject to applicable Freedom of Information Act and Uniform Information Practices Act provisions. Therefore, it might be required to disclose documents if requested; and it may disclose information to other government agencies, as provided by law. However, any documents or data made or received by any member or employee of the corporation shall not be a public record to the extent that the material or data: (1) Consists of trade secrets; (2) Consists of commercial or financial information regarding the operation of any business conducted by the applicant for, or recipient of, any form of assistance HTDC is empowered to render; or (3) Relates to the competitive position of that applicant in a particular field of endeavor.

C) Limitation on Liability. Chapters 661, HRS, or any other law to the contrary notwithstanding, the PARTICIPANT does not have any obligation, debt, claim, cause of action, claim for relief, charge, or any liability of any kind whatsoever in favor or any person or entity, against the State, HTDC, its board members, or its officers or employees, without regard to whether that person or entity receives any benefits under this chapter. The State, HTDC, and its officers and employees shall not be liable for the results of any investment, purchase of securities, loan, transaction or other assistance provided pursuant to HTDC’s actions.

Maui Research & Technology Center

Cohana is a new co-working space in MRTC that provides high speed internet which draws entrepreneurs from all over the island. The Maui Research &  Technology Center (MRTC) is a technology-based business incubator and facility for advanced tech companies. MRTC has large conference room space available for community meetings and events such as Startup Weekend Maui.

MRTC Application Process

To apply for MRTC Cohana:

Admission to the Cohana coworking space at the or Maui Research & Technology Center is open to entrepreneurs, startup companies and techies looking for a place with high speed internet access and community. The Cohana offers a variety of coworking space options to meet your needs. Please fill out the CoHana Application if interested.

For more information about Cohana please visit: cohana.co  |  Any question please email: info@htdc.org

To apply to be an MRTC tenant, potential clients must:

  • Have a personal interview with the Innovation Manager and if approved, make a presentation to HTDC’s review committee
  • Submit the completed and signed application form along with its business plan and financials (balance sheets, profit & loss statement, including pro forma statement) for review

Maui Research & Technology Center is located at
590 Lipoa Parkway, Kihei, HI 96753

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Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative (NI3)

The Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative (NI3) is designed to provide technical and business assistance to small and early-stage companies on the neighbor islands engaged in technology based products or services. Assistance to companies is provided through HTDC’s local NI3 representatives. The goal is to move the company to the next growth stage.

Overview

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

Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative (NI3)

Hawaii Island Mentor

Tom Leonard | tom.ni3@htdc.org

Kauai Mentor

Warren Doi | Warren.ni3@htdc.org