HVCA Special Event: Growing Hawaii’s Innovation Economy to Feature Leaders from Hawaii’s Business, Innovation Communities

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 in News

With a new Governor taking office and a new Legislature convening in January, this is an opportune time for the innovation community to meet and discuss what is working, what is not working and what more can be done to support the growth of the Innovation Sector – a sector critical for Hawaii’s economic future.

Hawaii has made tremendous progress in developing a vibrant innovation ecosystem: co-working spaces opening up around the State; Startup Weekends, Pitch Events and Investor Summits attracting entrepreneurs and investors from around the world; and a continuum of startup capital available, from accelerator programs to Hawaii-based investment funds, providing pre-seed through Series A capital to Hawaii startups.

However, Hawaii doesn’t attract enough tech-savvy workers and lacks a broadband enabled infrastructure to support the new digitally based businesses.  Hawaii needs the support of the broader business community to help address the gaps limiting the growth of innovation companies – and forcing many to move to the Mainland.

To help frame the discussion on strategies to grow Hawaii’s economy, Prof. Enrico Moretti, author of the “New Geography of Jobs”, will speak on the importance of the innovation sector and its strong multiplier impact in creating jobs in the broader economy.  His research and publications have garnered strong support across the political spectrum:

“Moretti has written the most important book of the year, I can’t recommend it enough. The Cal-Berkeley economic professor’s book is extremely necessary for politicians and commentators alike, a book that artfully slays myriad myths that cloud the economic debate. Brilliant.”


Moretti has written a clear and insightful account of the economic forces that are shaping America and its regions, and he rightly celebrates human capital and innovation as the fundamental sources of economic development.”

The New Republic

The Hawaii Business Roundtable will take this broad perspective and focus on the economic growth challenges facing Hawaii. HBR will present conclusions from their upcoming report identifying Hawaii’s innovation assets and highlighting the importance of growing the research and innovation sector in order to generate future economic growth.

A panel of business leaders from Hawaii’s established business sector and successful innovation companies will lead a discussion on the efforts to develop an innovation sector and the next steps needed to grow Hawaii’s innovation jobs.

Anyone interested in learning about the efforts that are creating high wage job opportunities for our young people should plan to attend this event and contribute to the discussion.  The innovation sector is the best opportunity to create a vibrant, sustainable economic future for Hawaii’s citizens and provide an opportunity for Hawaii’s young people to pursue a productive career here in Hawaii.

When:              Thursday, December 4, 2014

Time:                5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (program begins at 5:15 PM)

Where:             ProtoHUB Honolulu (458 Keawe Street)

Register at http://bit.ly/1BKnD4Y, or for more information, visit hvca.org/events. Limited seating available.