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HTDC provides a variety of funding programs to support research & development, manufacturing growth and technology community activities. Funding supports company growth which stimulates a robust technology and innovation economy.

HSBIR Grants

The Hawaiʻi Small Business Innovation Research Program (HSBIR) provides matching grants to help companies further develop new products to solve critical issues. Applicants must have received federal SBIR grants or contracts to qualify for the state matching grant program.

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Manufacturing Grants

The Hawaiʻi manufacturing industry, albeit small, is important to our economy. These companies make the Made In Hawaiʻi brand a global commodity.

Hawaiʻi food products, clothing, and other products are sought throughout the world. Our manufacturers need assistance in controlling costs, making sure employees are well trained, and securing the latest technology to grow their business.


HTDC is open to sponsoring events that promote Hawaiʻi’s innovation and technology community. Examples of sponsored events include industry conferences, investor pitch competitions, entrepreneur/technology showcases, startup events, venture capital workshops, and tech and innovation community networking events.

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Accelerator and Small Business Training Programs

Accelerator programs can help launch your tech company providing in depth training, mentoring and a modest investment. Hawaiʻi is home to nationally recognized accelerator programs, each with different entry requirements and focus.


The State of Hawaiʻi’s HI-CAP program provides capital assistance to Hawaiʻi’s businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. It is funded by the U.S. Treasury for the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), a part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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