HTDC to Host Webinars on Funding and Product Development for Small Businesses

By Len Higashi December 12, 2018




HONOLULU, HI — The Hawaii Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) INNOVATE Hawaii will host a series of webinars on funding and product development for small businesses from Dec. 11 through Jan. 23. The webinar series: How to Fund Your Innovative Startup is designed to assist small businesses with information on how to access federal grant funding up to $1 million through the Federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) funding programs.


INNOVATE Hawaii is looking for local companies in fields like agriculture, value-added food production, technology products, biotechnology, aerospace and media. Webinar topics include grant accounting, proposal essentials, commercialization essentials, technology-driven market intelligence, and how to work with the Department of Defense, Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.


On Dec. 12, local companies also have a special opportunity to meet with representatives from the U.S. Navy. The DOD Navy SBIR/STTR Summit will be live streamed from New Mexico at the Foreign Trade Zone #9 in Honolulu and at the Maui Research Tech Center in South Kihei from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Companies can meet one-on-one with the DOD Navy program managers.


“Federal SBIR funds have attracted more than $75 million in commercialization dollars to Hawaii,” says Robbie Melton, executive director and CEO of HTDC. “We would love to see more Hawaii companies take advantage of this funding source. HTDC’s federal program, INNOVATE Hawaii, has resources that can help companies with grant writing.”


Cost is $10 per webinar. Dates are Dec. 11 & 17 and Jan. 9, 15,16, 17 & 23. Registration is required: For more information, visit or


Local companies that receive federal SBIR grants are also eligible to apply for the Hawaii matching grant program (HSBIR), which provides matching funds up to 50 percent to a maximum of $500,000. Matching grants are administered by HTDC. Since the grant’s inception in 1992, nearly 100 local companies have received HSBIR grant funding to bring their products to market.