Who We Are

Hawaii Technology Development Corporation

HTDC is a dynamic state agency responsible for diversifying Hawaii's economy developing a flourishing technology industry that provides quality, high-paying jobs for Hawaii residents. HTDC aims to accelerate the growth of Hawaii's technology industry by providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to foster innovation. HTDC is attached to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).


Created in 1983, the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, is the state’s economic development agency focused on developing the technology sector.  Since its inception, technology has evolved and permeates facets of all industries.  HTDC continues to innovate and create programs relevant to meet the changing technology industry.  In addition to providing incubation facilities to foster the growth of technology startups, HTDC has grant programs, educational and networking programs, statewide mentoring and technology workforce development.

Core Initiatives

  • incubation services and developing new facilities to foster innovation
  • business development services and manufacturing assistance to all islands
  • workshops and networking for start-ups, and small businesses in the technology and manufacturing sectors
  • matching grants in support of technology research and organizations that support the tech ecosystem
  • interfacing with technology employers and trainers to develop a skilled workforce to support the technology sector
  • Research in energy technology such as hydrogen, to support the national and state needs

80 | 80 Initiative

The 80/80 Initiative is a goal for Hawaii to create 80,000 new tech and innovation jobs earning more than $80,000 a year by 2030. Technology jobs provide higher wages and creative opportunities where the brightest will choose to stay for live, work, play. HTDC programs facilitate the growth of companies and move Hawaii closer to the 80/80 goal.

HTDC Program Overview

HSBIR                         50% UP TO $500K

Matching grants for companies with federal Small Business Innovation Research awards.

MAP                            20% up to $100K

Matching grants for manufacturers to upgrade equipment, train employees, energy efficiency projects, and manufacturing feasibility studies.

NI3                              FREE ASSISTANCE

On-site mentorship for innovative companies on Kauai, and Hawaii Island.

TechHire Hawaii

Works with companies to engage in workforce development to accelerate new technology hires.


Our Team

Mike McCartney, Chair

Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

Len Higashi

Acting Executive Director
(808) 539-3814

Len Higashi

Acting Executive Director
(808) 539-3814

Sandi Kanemori

Contracts Manager
(808) 539-3616

Ellen Ng

Economic Development Specialist
(808) 539-3839

Dave Molinaro

Acting Manager, HCATT / Project Manager, HCATT
(808) 587-1401

Kanna Kawai

Operations Specialist
(808) 587-1401

Nicole Pfeffer

Project Engineer, Innovate Hawaii
(808) 539-3794

Wayne Inouye

Center Director, Innovate Hawaii
(808) 539-3652

Wayne Layugan

Senior Project Manager, Innovate Hawaii
(808) 539-3702

Cindy Matsuki

SBIR Program Manager
(808) 539-3621

Ray Gomez

(808) 539-3844

Stephanie Yuu-Sato

Fiscal and Contracts Specialist
(808) 539-3639



(808) 539-3806