Entrepreneur-focused events are an important component of an entrepreneurial ecosystem, enabling serendipitous collaboration and networking opportunities.
HI Growth has supported three major venture capital summits, each with a different area of emphasis: East Meets West, brings together Asian and Western investors and startups; MaiTai Maui Tech Night, brings Silicon Valley executives and investors to Hawaii; and GVS All Access, brings Hollywood executives to network with Hawaii’s film and creative media entrepreneurs. In addition, the Hawaii State Energy Office supports Verge Hawaii, a national conference on clean technology that brings together stakeholders from business, government and academia.
The HI Growth Connect and Network (CAN) program has been a key facilitator of these major events, but also supports important entrepreneurial events including Startup Weekends and pitch competitions. CAN is a one-year $250,000 grant program administered by HSDC and is open to applicants via a RFP process.