24th Annual Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards

Entrepreneurs are not easily defined. They are women and men, old and young, and from many walks of life. This much about them is consistent, however: They are visionaries. They are people of passion. And they have the ambition, drive and talent to take an idea and create a market where none existed before.

We hosted the 23rd Annual Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards at Waialae Country Club in February 2023, highlighting 26 entrepreneurs and featuring 12 distinct award categories. We are grateful for the support of our generous sponsors and those who attended to celebrate the entrepreneurs who accomplished much in 2022.

We are looking forward to hosting the 24th Annual Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards in 2024 to celebrate the work that our entrepreneurial community is doing. We hope you are able to join us! Stay tuned for event date, location, and registration details.

If you’ve been inspired by a successful entrepreneur in the Hawaii community — or are one yourself — submit a nomination to one of our Entrepreneur Awards categories.


Deadline to nominate is November 30, 2023

Check out this recap video of the 2023 Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards!

2023 Award winners & Finalists

Entrepreneur of the Year

Entrepreneur of the Year

The winner of this award is the individual or team that has gone above and beyond expectations with their company. Through sheer determination, this individual or team has built a successful business and serve as a clear example of success to other Startup Paradise entrepreneurs.
Island Innovator of the Year

Island Innovator of the Year

This award is to honor the most impactful innovation that has helped our island state - truly solving a problem in our own backyard, our mountains, our beach, our aina. This innovation inspires and celebrates an innovation, entrepreneur or company that has shown leadership and commitment to tackling a significant problem in our state.
Corporate Intrapreneur of the Year

Corporate Intrapreneur of the Year

The Corporate Intrapreneur creatively challenges traditions and assertively makes changes in their company culture to ensure fellow employees in their environment and their field are engaged and provides the platform to be intrapreneurial. This company encourages intrapreneurs to seize opportunities by solving problems and takes the required actions, utilizing resources to make innovation happen.

Hawaii Venture Capital Association

Building a startup ecosystem in the heart of the Pacific


About HVCA

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association represents entrepreneurs, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, with global investment interests.  HVCA membership is open to investors, entrepreneurs, or anyone who may be interested in learning more about Hawaii’s innovative sector.