Hawaii Venture Capital Association

HIGHLIGHTED EVENTS

Join us on Wednesday, March 29th for a panel discussion featuring “Island Innovators” – Hawaii’s entrepreneurs building companies and creating impactful innovations that help our island State, while also serving a global market.

Featured Panelists:

* Kainoa McGee — Founder, KMBCo.

* Jack Beuttell — Co-Founder & CEO, Kunoa Cattle Company

* Isabella Hughes — Co-Founder, Shaka Tea

* Bello Silitshena — Co-Founder & CEO, The Condo App

* Arden Penton — Director, Media Sponsorships & Operations, Volta Industries

Moderator:
* Meli James — President, HVCA

HVCA 2017 Awards Gala

17th Annual Entrepreneur & Deal of the Year Awards Gala

Thank you for joining us out at Waialae Country Club for a stunning evening honoring 2016’s biggest successes and innovation leaders. 

State of Startup Paradise Featuring Governor Ige

HVCA Luncheon - State of Startup Paradise featuring Governor Ige

Thank you for joining us on Monday, December 12th for a keynote speech by Governor Ige and a panel discussion on the State of Startup Paradise.

HVCA October Luncheon : Intrapreneurship - It's an Attitude, NOT a Department

October Luncheon : Intrapreneurship - It's an Attitude, NOT a Department

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, October 27th for a panel discussion on Intrapreneurship or Corporate Entrepreneurship. Learn how these individuals and progressive companies are encouraging and advancing the climate of innovation within their corporate culture in Hawaii.

 

HVCA August Luncheon: Political Leaders Talk Tech & Innovation in Hawaii

August Luncheon : Political Leaders Talk Tech & Innovation in Hawaii

Thank you for joining the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) and Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii (EF) on Wednesday, August 3rd as our “Political Leaders Talked Tech & Innovation in Hawaii.”

HVCA June Luncheon: Hip Island Living - Design & Fashion Innovation in Hawaii

June Luncheon : Hip Island Living - Design & Fashion Innovation in Hawaii

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, June 30th for HVCA’s “Hip Island Living – Design & Fashion Innovation in Hawaii” Luncheon, where our panelists shared how they are leveraging Hawaii’s unique lifestyle as a global brand in fashion innovation.

 

 

HVCA May Luncheon: State of the Startup Investment Industry in Hawaii

May Luncheon : State of the Startup Investment Industry in Hawaii

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, May 26th for HVCA’s “State of the Startup Investment Industry in Hawaii” Luncheon, where we discussed the latest developments both locally and nationally.

 

HVCA April Luncheon: The Innovative Dinner Plate: The Changing Landscape of Food Entrepreneurship in Hawaii

April Luncheon : The Innovative Dinner Plate

Thank you for joining us on Wednesday, April 27th for HVCA’s breakfast panel discussing “The Innovative Dinner Plate: The Changing Landscape of Food Entrepreneurship in Hawaii”

 

Winners of HVCA's 16th Annual Deal of the Year Awards Gala

2015 HVCA Winners Recognized at the State Capital

Winners of the 2015 HVCA Entrepreneur and Deal of the Year Awards were recognized in a floor presentation by the State House of Representatives and Senate on Monday, March 28th 2016.

HVCA 16th ANNUAL GALA CEREMONY

HVCA 16th ANNUAL GALA CEREMONY

The 16th Annual Hawaii Venture Capital Association Entrepreneur and Deal of the Year Awards Gala was held on February 25, 2016 celebrating the biggest successes and innovation leaders of 2015.

January Luncheon : Legislative Agenda

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, January 28th, as we discussed what’s on the 2016 legislative agenda, learning about the programs and initiatives that affect the future of the innovation economy in Hawaii.

 

December Luncheon : Medical Marijuana

Thank you for joining us on Monday, December 7th, where we talked about the future of Medical Marijuana in Hawaii.

 

October Luncheon : Investing in Hawaii's Kid-preneurs

Thank you for joining us on August 27th for a panel and audience discussion on paying it forward to provide a stable future for Hawaii’s youth.

 

 

August Luncheon : In Energy, All Eyes are on Hawaii

Our past August 27th luncheon was great success. It had the perfect storm of economic and environmental conditions that make it the world’s best test bed for innovation.

 

July Luncheon : Venture Accelerators in Hawaii

Thank you for joining us Thursday, July 23rd, where we showcased what’s happening with our local accelerators. What have these programs done in the past and what are they doing now to grow the innovation sector and talent pool in Hawaii? Why is this so important?

 

June Luncheon : Women in Tech

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, June 15th for a panel and audience discussion on Women in Tech, celebrating women, showcasing accomplishments, challenges, and ways women in Hawaii are doing better.

 

HVCA 15th ANNUAL GALA CEREMONY

HVCA’s 15th Annual Hawaii Venture Capital Association Entrepreneur & Deal of the Year Awards Gala was held on February 26, 2015 celebrating the biggest successes and innovation leaders of 2014.

2014 HVCA WINNERS RECOGNIZED AT THE STATE CAPITAL

Winners of the 2014 HVCA Entrepreneur and Deal of the Year Awards were recognized in a floor presentation on March 5, 2015 by the State House of Representatives and Senate.

The State of Venture Capital Industry – May 28, 2015

Thank you for joining us on Thursday, May 28th at our annual “State of the Venture Capital Industry” luncheon where we discussed the latest developments both locally and nationally. DOWNLOAD TIM DICKS PRESENTATION HERE OR  View On SlideShare PANEL SPEAKERS “State of the Venture Capital Industry” David Mes — Cofounder & Managing Partner at Arc Capital Ventures Tim Dick — General Partner at Startup Capital Ventures Omar Sultan — Managing Partner at Sultan Ventures & XLR8UH Chenoa Farnsworth — Managing Director at Hawaii Angels & Blue Startups Greg Gaug — Vice President of Investments at Ulupono Initiative Thank you to our sponsors KMH, LLP, and the Plaza Club. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sandy Shiraki at sandy@hvca.org....

Broadband: What We Don’t Know About It Could Kill Us – March 26, 2015

This month’s luncheon discussed what Broadband will do for business and why it’s necessary for the innovation community. What are the infrastructural requirements – where are we now, what do we need and what are we doing? If we want to compete with other business hubs, we need to be better, not the same. Panelists Tim Dick — General Partner at Startup Capital Ventures Jared Grugett — President / CMO at Hawaii Dialogix Telecom (HDT) Karl Fooks — President of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) Alex Bergo — Founder of LiveSift David Cunningham — Managing Director at Global Virtual Studio (GVS)   Thank you to our sponsors KMH, LLP, and the Plaza Club. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Sandy Shiraki at...

2015 Legislative Agenda – January 22, 2015

Thank you all for joining us in learning what’s on the 2015 legislative agenda, getting a handle on the programs that affect the future of the innovation economy in Hawaii. Panelists:  Karl Fooks — President of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) Robbie Melton — Executive Director & CEO of the High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) Sherry Menor-McNamara — President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Ian Kitajima — Director of Oceanit  Thank you if you also stayed for the innovation community discussion. Burt Lum, Executive Director of Hawaii Open Data moderated an open community discussion on what the current and future needs are for the innovation community. How can we understand, mobilize and make an impact in helping government support and grow this economy. Thank you for supporting these programs. Thank you to our sponsors KMH, LLP, and the Plaza Club. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Jared Kushi...

Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy – December 4, 2014

HVCA Special Event “Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy” HVCA is proud to announce the success of the Annual Best Practices Symposium event with support from the HiGrowth Initiative and Hawaii Business Roundtable. Hawaii Business Roundtable  A presentation made by the Hawaii Business Roundtable of their upcoming Hawaii Innovation Assets Report. This report identified Hawaii’s current innovation assets and highlights the importance of growing the research and innovation sector to generate future economic growth. Keynote by Enrico Moretti A keynote speech made by Professor Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, on the importance and role of the innovation sector in generating economic growth and new jobs in the economy. Panel Discussion  A panel discussion with audience Q&A about what was working, what was not working and what more could be done to grow Hawaii’s innovation sector. This was a great opportunity to network with the innovation community at the new ProtoHUB while enjoying light pupus and drinks. Speakers  Richard Wacker is the President & Chief Executive Officer of American Savings Bank. Rich joined ASB in 2010 and leads the management team responsible for growing the bank’s business to better serve Hawaii’s retail and business customers. He also serves as a director of the bank. Prior to joining American Savings Bank, Rich was Chairman of Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the fifth largest Korean commercial bank. In 2008, Rich was recognized as one of Korea’s “Most Respected CEOs.   Tina Fitch was a co-founder and served as CEO of Switchfly, the world’s most comprehensive, global software-as-a-service travel and loyalty platform, powering over $1.25bn in commerce annually. She grew the company from inception to operations...

Gubernatorial Luncheon – October 30, 2014

“The Next Era for Tech and Innovation in Hawaii” HVCA’s October luncheon at the Plaza Club featured gubernatorial candidates David Ige, Duke Aiona, Mufi Hannemann, and Jeff Davis, in what was the last gubernatorial forum before the 2014 election.  Candidates discussed their positions on furthering diversification, innovation, and growth in Hawaii’s innovation and technology sectors.  The event was attended by over 100 people hoping to hear how the candidates planned to take Hawaii tech into the future.  The candidates were each given the chance to deliver brief opening and closing remarks, however, the majority of time was alloted for a live Q&A discussion with audience members.  Audience participants submitted their questions in real time utilizing Hawaii company LiveSift’s Smart Meeting Platform.  The gubernatorial forum was moderated by HVCA president Meli James, who kept the candidates in line, on time, and for the most part on point.  Candidates touched on many of Hawaii’s pressing tech issues including:  being competitive in a global setting, the creation of jobs in the tech industry, and why they were the best fit to lead Hawaii’s tech future. Please join us at our next exciting year-end event Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy on December 5.  This event will showcase the Hawaii Business Roundtable’s two-year report on the state of innovation in Hawaii.  The event will also feature a keynote by Professor Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, on the importance and role of the innovation sector in generating economic growth and new jobs in the economy.  The year-end event will take place at the new ProtoHUB for light pupus, drinks, and networking opportunities with Hawaii’s innovation community.  The event will be free to all HVCA...

New Investment Innovations – September 25, 2014

Thank you all for joining us at our September Luncheon, where we discussed new models in the investment space – expanding funding options beyond traditional VC and angel investing. Our panelists covered crowdfunding, local stock exchanges, accredited investor platforms, royalty stream investments and foreign investor programs. Below is the article PBN published covering the September Luncheon: Crowdfunding, angel syndicates and royalties offer new ways to invest in Hawaii.   Entrepreneurs in Hawaii have more opportunities for investment past the usual friends and families and venture capital sources. Crowdfunding, royalty finance and syndicate funds were just some of the options discussed at the monthly Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s luncheon on Thursday. HVCA board member Rob Robinson said most startups operate by bootstrapping, and do not receive money from venture capital or other investments. He said 90 percent of startups receive money from the three Fs – Founders, Friends and Families. For many innovative startups, the route to funding goes from bootstrapping to angel investors, venture capital, followed by non-financial corporations, equity markets and then commercial banks. Darren Nunn, a partner at McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon’s corporate and public finance groups, spoke about investment-based crowdfunding and the JOBS Act. Since September 2013, entrepreneurs using Rule 506 of Regulation D exemption can now advertise their offering and solicit investors, and up to 35 unaccredited investors will now be able to participate in Rule 506 offerings. To become an accredited investor, individuals must have $1 milion in net worth or $200,000 in annual revenue. Laurens Laudowicz, founder of Juicies, managed one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns out of Hawaii, raising over $750,000. Prior to that, Juicies,...

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

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

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

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

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...