General FAQs

  • What is HTDC?
    • 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.

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 infor@htdc.org.

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 you 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 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.


  • 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.