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This month's HVCA luncheon we will be discussing new developments in Hawaii's impact investing community. Impact investing addresses social and environmental challenges while also providing a range of measurable financial and impact returns—from impact first to financial first strategies. Exciting things are afoot including a move to bring the global Impact HUB brand co-working space (a community dedicated to social change) to Honolulu, to raise awareness of the burgeoning Hawaii Investment Ready Program that prepares social entrepreneurs for investment piloted by Kamehameha Schools, and much more.

HVCA will be pairing up with Punahou School to showcase the next generation of social entrepreneurs in Hawaii.

Punahou’s “Profit for Progress” program looks to answer the big question of how to teach social entrepreneurship; can it be learned, how do we embed it in the curriculum, and how can we inspire businesses to look beyond the bottom line? For the first 30 minutes of our luncheon, these 7th and 8th graders will showcase and pitch their ideas on how they can turn some of Hawaii’s problems into opportunities for growth.

These students, in partnership with the Institute for Human Services (IHS), will work towards creating business ideas that further develop new financial streams through its $25,000 grant from Walmart to implement meaningful change in downtown Honolulu.

Investing in Social Entrepreneurs:
Opening remarks by HVCA President Meli James & Punahou School's Casey Agena

Shanah Trevenna - Impact Hub Honolulu
Connie Mitchell - IHS Director
Michael Kramer - Natural Investments
Jeff Mikulina - WEfficiency
Kamuela Enos - Ma'o Farms
Pia Chock - Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Investment Ready Program  

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