Luncheon Recap: Venture Accelerators in Hawaii

Thank you for joining the Hawaii Venture Capital Association on Thursday, July 23rd as 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?

Our Featured Panelists Included: 

  • Lisa Kleissner - Co-Founder at Hawaii Investment Ready 
  • Nikki Nietz - Director of Development at Global Virtual Studio 
  • Tarik Sultan - Managing Partner at XLR8UH 
  • Chenoa Farnsworth - Managing Director at Blue Startups 
  • Warren Doi - Program Manager at Energy Excelerator 

Our Program and Initiative Updators Included: 

  • Darcie Scharfenstein - New President & Executive Director at Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawaii 
  • Sara Lin - Associate at Strategic Development Corporation 
  • Bee Leng Chua - Executive Director at HiBEAM 
  • Robbie Melton - Executive Director & CEO at HTDC 
  • Jason Sewell - Co-Founder at Dev League

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