General FAQs

  • What is HTDC?
    • 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 high technology industry by providing capital, building infrastructure and developing talent to foster innovation and diversify Hawaii’s economy. HTDC is attached to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).
  • What types of programs and services does HTDC offer?
    • HTDC provides key resources to help Hawaii-based technology and innovation companies to thrive by providing the capital, building the infrastructure and developing the talent to foster innovation and diversify Hawaii’s economy. Core initiatives include developing a statewide network of incubation services and facilities; expanding existing business development services for new start-ups, as well as existing businesses in the technology sector; providing federal and private grants and contracts in support of technology research; and supporting skilled workforce development for the technology sector.
  • Who is eligible to participate in HTDC programs?
    • Hawaii-based businesses may qualify to participate in HTDC programs and apply for funding. Individual programs, such as HSBIR, will have specific qualifications.


  • What is the purpose of the MAP Grant?
    • The purpose of the Hawaii Manufacturing Assistance Program (also referred to as the Manufacturing Development Program) is to provide grants to businesses in Hawaii that are manufacturers in the State and require assistance for specific activities related to manufacturing that shall result in economic and employment growth in Hawaii.
  • How are award funding amounts determined?
    • In determining the distribution of funds, the HTDC shall be guided by the nature and economic significance of the activity of each grant application, the importance of the grant to the activity’s success, and the potential economic advantage and/or job creation prospects offered to the State.
  • Where can I find the administrative rules for the MAP grant program?
    • The Hawaii Administrative Rules for the Hawaii MAP (Manufacturing Development) Program can be found here.
  • What constitutes eligibility?
    • Eligible companies must be registered as a Hawaii Business and obtain their Hawaii Compliance Express certification by applying at this website: https://vendors.ehawaii.gov/hce/splash/welcome.html
      These are required and must be submitted with the application.
      Sample of HCE can be found here.
    • In addition, the company’s line of business must be categorized as manufacturing as defined by the Federal North American Industry Classification System (NAICS). Line of business codes must begin with 31, 32, or 33. To lookup your company’s line of business code visit this website: http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/. Search for keywords related to your business to find your NAICS code. For instance, searching for “bakery” you would find codes related to bakeries such as:
    • 311812  Soft pretzels made in a commercial bakery
      311812  Bakery products, fresh (i.e., bread, cakes, doughnuts, pastries), made in commercial bakeries
      311813  Desserts, frozen bakery, manufacturing
      311813  Crullers, frozen, made in a commercial bakery
      311821  Bakery products, dry (e.g., biscuits, cookies, crackers), manufacturing
    • You will also be required to provide a Dun & Bradstreet number (also known as DUNS Number) prior to receiving any grant funds. If you do not have a Dun & Bradstreet number or are unsure, email us at mfggrant@htdc.org and we can assist you.
  • What qualifies for MAP assistance and how do we list these expenses?
    • Eligible expenses include manufacturing equipment, training on the use of manufacturing equipment, energy efficiency equipment, and feasibility studies for implementing new manufacturing facilities. “Manufacturing equipment” means equipment integral to the manufacturing process. This does not include product components such as bottles, labels, boxes, ingredients etc., and it does not include consumables such as gas, oil, lubricants, drill bits, blades, or other tooling.
    • Please download and use the MAP Expense List template provided in the application form to list all eligible manufacturing expenses. Fill in the provided template with budget and details for all possible funding areas (Equipment, Training, Energy Efficiency, Feasibility Study). For Equipment, if applicable, please include the Make and Model number, along with a brief description of what the equipment does in the Item Description Column. Under Justification, provide the reason you chose the equipment over other models/brands and explain how the equipment is integral to your manufacturing process. SUPPLIES and MATERIALS used in your product (such as boxes, labels, bottles, etc) are NOT ALLOWABLE expenses.
    • Upload your completed MAP Expense List (excel file), valid proof of payments, receipts, and other supporting documents for all items listed on your MAP Expense List to your application form. Acceptable forms of proof of payment include copies of receipts or statements from the vendor showing zero balance due, cleared checks from your bank, and bank/credit card statements. For training expenses, also include course information/agenda and, if using third-party for training, qualifications of the trainer. For energy efficiency and feasibility studies, also include vendor qualifications and results/conclusions of the study. These are required and must be submitted with the application.
  • What qualifies as proof of payment?
    • All supporting documents, proof of payments/receipts must be labeled and/or numbered to correspond with the item on the Expense List.
    • All supporting documents, proof of payments/receipts must include Vendor Name, Equipment/Training Name, Date, and Matching $ Amount.
    • Documentation not meeting these criteria will not be accepted and could result in a denied application.
    • Proof of payment sample (invoice and check payment) can be found here.
    • Proof of payment sample (invoice with zero balance) can be found here.
  • What is the earliest date purchases can be made from?
    • July 1, 2016
  • When does the grant period open and when does it close?
    • Applications open on August 23, 2019 and close on November 22, 2019.
  • The application is not letting me upload more documents / files are too large to upload. How can I get these to you?
    • There is a 25 MB individual file size limit. There is no limit on the NUMBER of documents. To add more documents to your online application, please click on the link “Additional Attachments.”
  • What are the minimum and maximum amounts that can be requested?
    • The minimum grant request is $1,500 and the maximum is $100,000.
  • Can we submit more than one grant request?
    • Only one grant request per company per year is allowed. However, you may apply for multiple items on one grant. For instance, multiple pieces of equipment or BOTH equipment AND training.
  • What happens after the funding is received? What will be expected/required from the applicant and what is HTDC and INNOVATE Hawaii’s role at that time?
    • By accepting a MAP award, grantee agrees to complete both the HTDC Annual Economic Impact Survey and the INNOVATE Hawaii National Institute of Standards & Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership Survey for a period of five years from date of award. The grantee must also agree to keep the purchases made under the grant in the State for a minimum of two years. HTDC and INNOVATE Hawaii may request further information which will be used to highlight a company’s achievements and the success of the grant programs. INNOVATE Hawaii is also available to assist companies with services beyond the grant project.


  • What is the SBIR Program?
    • The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) is highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization.
    • The Hawaii SBIR program provides matching funds to Hawaii-based companies to enhance their project development, compete for the more lucrative awards to conduct prototype development and ultimate reach successful commercialization.
  • What are the different phases of funding?
    • HTDC provides Hawaii SBIR funds in various phases:
      Phase 0: up to $3,000 for grant writing services
      Phase I: up to 50% of the Federal Phase I award
      Phases II & III up to $500,000
  • How does a company apply for matching HSBIR funding?
    • Hawaii businesses that have received a federal SBIR grant can start their application process online.
  • Can companies get assistance in applying for the grant?
    • Yes! HTDC’s Innovate Hawaii program can guide you through the grant proposal process by connecting you with qualified consultants.
  • Where can I find the administrative rules for the Hawaii SBIR program?
    • The Hawaii Administrative Rules for the Hawaii SBIR program can be found here.

Sponsorship FAQs

  • What type of events or programs does HTDC sponsor?
    • HTDC is seeking opportunities to attract the broader Hawaii business community to take a greater stake into the high technology and growth sector within the tech startup, innovation, and manufacturing community.See Section 2.04 in the RFP document for more details.
  • What are our objectives?
    • One of the strategies that HTDC uses to fulfill its mission is sponsorship of events that promote the growth of the high tech, innovation and manufacturing industry in Hawaii. Events include but are not limited to conferences, seminars, and workshops.See Section 2.05 in the RFP document for more details.
  • What are your sponsorship amounts?
    • In fiscal year 2017, HTDC sponsored 23 events totaling $107,000 at various individual amounts. Previous years have varied due to availability of funds and HTDC initiatives. The sponsorships have proven to be beneficial in establishing new partnerships and increasing HTDC’s impact for the tech, manufacturing and innovation community by leveraging our mission into ongoing programs and events.
  • How do I apply?
  • When do you need applications by in order to be considered for sponsorships?
    • We request that applications be submitted at the minimum six (6) weeks prior to event for consideration. Applicants are encouraged to submit earlier if possible.
  • How soon will I hear status on my application?
    • After committee review, notice of sponsorship award or decline will be provided by email within an estimated 3 weeks of submission of application or 6 weeks prior to event, whichever is later. A delay in this process may also occur if there are questions about the application, missing information, or a need to discuss the request with the Applicant.


  • What is PEARL?
    • PEARL stands for Pacific Energy Assurance and Renewables Laboratory. PEARL is a new system that is being developed to provide unprecedented control over how energy is generated, stored, and distributed. The PEARL system uses renewable energy technologies deployed within a series of interconnected micro grids to provide energy assurance. Through the strategic deployment of localized energy resources, site specific energy storage systems and specialized controls, PEARL will showcase the maximization of renewable energy systems planning at grid scale.
  • What is Hydrogen Fuel?
    • Hydrogen is a clean fuel that, when passed through a fuel cell, produces electricity and yields only water and heat as a byproduct. Today, the most common methods of hydrogen fuel production are natural gas reforming (a thermal process) and electrolysis.  Hydrogen is odorless, can be produced renewably using power from wind and/or solar to power the electrolysis process and emits zero green house gases when utilized. These qualities make it an attractive fuel option for electric vehicle transportation and electric utility applications. Hydrogen fuel can be used in cars, in houses, and for portable power.
  • Is Hydrogen safe?
    • Hydrogen is the lightest element on the periodic table, with an atomic weight of 1.008. This means that hydrogen readily dissipates into the surrounding atmosphere, making it difficult to ignite if it is not confined. However, hydrogen is an energy carrier that is indeed – as is the case with many other fuels – highly combustible when concentrated and in the presence of oxygen. Risk assessments show however, that it is no more dangerous than petro or natural gas. When using hydrogen it is important to be in a well-ventilated area to limit the potential for hydrogen accumulation. Hydrogen fuel can be used safely for transportation, in homes, in commercial buildings and for efficiency and conservation efforts and has been safely in use for over 100 years.
  • What is a Fuel Cell?
    • A fuel cell combines hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. The byproduct of this electrochemical reaction is water and heat. The fuel cell produces electricity and heat by electrochemically reacting a fuel (which is generally hydrogen or hydrogen-rich) with oxygen. Unlike a conventional engine, it does this without burning the fuel and can therefore be more efficient and cleaner.
  • Who is Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)/Advanced Power Technology Office (APTO)?
    • The Air Force Research Laboratory is a global technical enterprise whose mission is leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable warfighting technologies for the Air Force’s air, space and cyberspace force. The Advanced Power State of Hawaii located at the National Demonstration Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. AFRL facilitates the demonstration and validation of the latest fuel-efficient and environmentally-compliant technologies for use in Air Force ground vehicle fleets, support equipment, base infrastructure, and basic expeditionary airfield resources.
  • What are the National Demonstration Centers?
    • The Air Force Energy and Security Integration and Demonstration Center at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam (JBPHH) was established in 2015, a development of and compliment to the National Demonstration Center for Alternative Fuel Vehicles at JBPHH (established in 2001).  Both Demonstration centers were established as a partnership between the Air Force and the State of Hawaii to facilitate the demonstration, validation and potential for integration of the latest fuel efficient and environmentally compliant technologies for use in the Air Force.
  • Where can I learn more?

Internship FAQs

  • Who is eligible for an HTDC internship?
    • Students from any college or university campus is eligible for internships during the school semester as well as during summer and winter breaks. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. We want smart, motivated, disciplined students regardless of their degree program.
  • How do I apply for an HTDC internship?
    • Students interested in an internship should submit a cover letter and resume to internship@htdc.org.