Investing in Social Entrepreneurs – July 24, 2014

Investing in Social Entrepreneurs – July 24, 2014

Last week’s Investing in Social Entrepreneurs Luncheon was a huge success. We had over 90 individuals and students attending. At the start of the luncheon, eight teams from Punahou’s Profit for Progress were able to showcase innovative solutions to some of Hawaii’s biggest problems. Since the luncheon, Punahou has been working with IHS to use a $25,000 grant to further develop new financial streams and bring about meaningful change in downtown Honolulu. Our Impact Investor Panel then shared their perspectives and insights about how investing in social entrepreneurship can make a difference. Businesses and individuals can think about their triple bottom line to measure the success of their venture, which consists of people, profits, and planet. Opening remarks were made by HVCA President Meli James & Punahou School’s Casey Agena. Panelists: Shanah Trevenna – Impact Hub Honolulu Connie Mitchell – IHS Director Michael Kramer – Natural Investments Steve Kiser – Volta Industries Pia Chock – Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii Investment Ready Program   View raw photos of the event here:...
Getting to Know the “Creatives” – June 26, 2014

Getting to Know the “Creatives” – June 26, 2014

June’s HVCA luncheon examined innovation in the “creative space” in greater detail, looking closely at Hawaii’s growing ecosystem supporting these entrepreneurs.  This Luncheon shed light on the thriving creative scene in our startup community. Our panel represented the fashion, new media, graphic design, art, and other similar communities and programs promoting the growth of Hawaii’s creative industries. All of the panelists are involved in various stages of designing, developing, and executing immersive educational programs for creative entrepreneurs. Getting to Know the “Creatives” Panelists: Toby Portner — Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi) David Cunningham — Global Virtual Studio (GVS) James Charisma — Inkubator Wei Fang — Interisland Terminal & Kakaako Agora Georja Skinner — Creative Industries Division, State Dept. of Business, Economic Dev & Tourism Allison Izu Song — Cut Collective Meli James, President of HVCA, will be convener and serve as moderator.   ———————————————————- Additional Speaker Information: Toby Portner — Hawaii Fashion Incubator (Hifi) – Hifi’s mission is to inspire, promote, and sustain an integrated fashion community in Hawai‘i. Hifi aims to raise awareness and appreciation of fashion as both art and industry through alliances with the arts,government, and business sectors, cultural organizations, and educational institutions. Hifi’s membership program fosters collaboration and resource sharing within Hawai‘i’s fashion community, providing guidance and resources and linking local talent with the global marketplace. http://hawaiifashion.org David Cunningham — Global Virtual Studio (GVS) – Global Virtual Studio (GVS) is a team of content creators based on the Big Island of Hawai’i and connected to the world. GVS is passionate about transforming original ideas into stories and bringing them to life. Utilizing the talent of the global community, GVS works to fully conceptualize...
Attracting Talent in Hawaii – May 22, 2014

Attracting Talent in Hawaii – May 22, 2014

Thank you all for attending our luncheon in May! We had a great showing and learned a lot from our talented panel of five on how we can RECRUIT, RETAIN & DEVELOP talent in Hawaii? Opening Remarks: Ben Ancheta — ProService Hawaii Panelists: Lubuw Falanruw — Digital Mediums Kyle Oba — App Development Instructor & Pas de Chocolat, LLC Don Kosak — Hackers in Hawaii & Hawaii Tech Exchange Russel Cheng — Dev League Faruq Ahmad — Palo Alto Capital Advisors Thank you to our sponsor ProService Hawaii. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sandy Shiraki at sandy@hvca.org....
State of Venture Capital in Hawaii Today – April 24, 2014

State of Venture Capital in Hawaii Today – April 24, 2014

Thank you all for attending our re-launch luncheon in April! We had a great showing and learned a lot from the four local ventures funds who participated. One common theme we heard during the “State of Venture Capital in Hawaii Today” was a challenge in attracting and retaining talent in Hawaii. Our upcoming Monthly Business Forum will address this issue. Panelists: Arben Kryeziu – mbloom Tim Dick – Startup Capital Ventures Omar Sultan – Upside Fund Karl Fooks – HSDC Past President Bill Spencer made opening remarks. Meli James moderated the discussion. Thank you to our sponsor ProService Hawaii. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sandy Shiraki at...
HVCA Updates

HVCA Updates

Dear HVCA Members and Friends: We are excited to announce that Meli James and Chenoa Farnsworth of Blue Startups have joined the board of HVCA and Meli James has taken on the role of President. With new leadership, HVCA will revitalize its monthly speaker series to provide a venue to connect the entrepreneurial, business and investor communities of Hawaii. Our next HVCA Luncheon on the “State of Venture Capital in Hawaii Today”will be held on Thursday, April 24th at the Plaza Club. Bill Spencer Past President Hawaii Venture Capital...