HVCA 16th Annual Entrepreneur & Deal of the Year Awards Gala

The Hawaii Venture Capital Association celebrated its 28th anniversary in 2016 with our search for Hawaii’s most innovative entrepreneurs. You chose who should be named among the next generation of legacy builders.

Thank you to everyone who attended this unique event, which honors the community’s inspiring, successful entrepreneurs in the Hawaii community!

16th Annual HVCA Entrepreneur and Deal of the Year Awards Gala Recipients: 

  • Deal of the Year - Tad Glauthier, STEM 
  • Investor of the Year - Richard Wacker, American Savings Bank 
  • Entrepreneur of the Year - Garrett W. Marrero, Maui Brewing Co.  
  • Life Science Entrepreneur of the Year - Elliot Parks, Hawaii Biotech, Inc. 
  • Student Entrepreneur of the Year - Traven Watase, Scholar's App 
  • Clean Tech / Ag Entrepreneur of the Year - Vincent Kimura - Smart Yields 
  • Tech Entrepreneur of the Year - Daniel Nash & Sean Hookano-Niel, Comprendio
  • Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year - Samantha Kimsey, Computational Thinkers 
  • Startup Paradise Champion of the Year - Senator Glenn Wakai, District 15
  • People's Choice Startup - Mark Quezada, Tiffany Quezada, and Tina Fitch, HobNob 


HVCA Awards Gala Sponsors '16

Presenting Sponsor
University of Hawaii System
Award Sponsors
Sultan Ventures
American Savings Bank
High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC)
Entrepreneurs Foundation of  Hawaii
Alaska Airlines
Blue Startups
Accelerate Magazine
Energy Excelerator
Startup Capital Ventures
Reception Sponsor
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing Lawyers
Student Ticket Sponsor
The Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship at the Shidler College of Business
In Kind Sponsors
Empowered Presentations
Startup Paradise
Kona Brewing Company
The Orchid Lei Company
Ocean Organic Vodka
Gr3en Superfood Brew
Media Partner
Pacific Business News