How does this fit in with other incubators and accelerators?
This program fills two gaps in the current innovation ecosystem. First, providing start-up or venture development support for passionate, altruistic, and time sensitive social entrepreneurs who are beyond the design phase, but not quite ready for an accelerator. We have found that this is an under supported piece of the local innovation pipeline. Second, focusing on the “social-emotional” skills and mindsets, or as we call it, the human part of entrepreneurship. Our continued belief is that if we develop the whole entrepreneur, it will develop a stronger network of entrepreneurs and thus develop a stronger and more resilient local ecosystem.
Who can apply for the program?
We are seeking social impact ventures in the early stages of their startup cycle. We define social impact loosely as a purpose driven venture around solving social and environmental challenges with a focus on impacting related to education and sustainability. If you believe that you fall within this definition we suggest you apply HERE. Applicants must be based in Hawaiʻi and committed to keeping their venture based in Hawaiʻi for the foreseeable future.
We have special preference for ventures with Teach For America corps members or alumni on the founding team.
Why a focus on educators?
Teachers are entrepreneurs. They are called on to innovate in their classrooms on a daily basis. Teachers are a core part of their community and they have a front row seat to the challenges and opportunities that exist.
What is the timeline and the important dates?
Cohort 2 will start in July 2021. Specific dates are yet to be released. Sessions are every other Tuesday from 4:00 – 5:30pm.
The application is available HERE. Applicants will be notified of their status by June 30, 2021.
Participants are expected to make the 90 minute virtual seminars that happen bi-weekly and set up their meeting with their mentors on the alternating bi-weekly schedule. There are 8 modules in the curriculum with two additional meet ups at the end of the program.
The Hub Coworking Hawai'i (the Hub) is a coworking, office, community, and event space that creates sustainable impact through collaboration and community empowerment. Formerly known as the Impact Hub Honolulu, the Hub is a place where innovators, entrepreneurs, freelancers and community members can come together. With over 18,000 square feet, spanning two floors, the Hub is a diverse and creative space for different community groups in Hawai'i. The Hub is the place to get your pulse on what's happening in Hawai'i.
Teach For America Hawai‘i works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunities for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America–Hawai‘i recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Our broader mission is to find, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation’s most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. The organization has had a profound impact in the islands by recruiting and developing more than 900 teachers since we started working in Hawaiʻi, many of whom are working across career sectors—including education, law, business, medicine, and government—to improve the opportunities of young people and fight for educational equity.
How can I help?
Mahalo for the financial support of the Hawai’i Leadership Forum. If you would like to learn more about supporting small businesses through sponsoring this program see our email below. Also, share the news with people who may be stuck in the early stages of their business or with your friends who don’t know where to start their business and have a wonderful idea!
We are also always looking for business mentors and coaches. If you want to learn more please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org