about us
Our Theory of Change

One day, Hawaiʻi will have a robust ecosystem to develop a community of entrepreneurs. We started SIIP with the intention to fill three gaps in the current innovation ecosystem in Hawaiʻi:

Space for pre-seed stage entrepreneurs:

Although there’s awesome VC/accelerator firms for later-stage startups--FoundHer, Elemental Excelerator, Blue Startups, Sultan Ventures--right now there’s not a supportive program for our earliest stage entrepreneurs.

Developing the human part of entrepreneurship:

We believe in 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.

Tapping into the entrepreneurial spirit of teachers:

Teachers are some of our most active entrepreneurs in the way they have to innovate in the classroom. We believe that this is an important, yet untapped talent pool.


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Our Team

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George Yarbrough

HUB Coworking Hawaiʻi

George Yarbrough is a serial entrepreneur and consultant based out of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He co-founded a boutique wastewater management firm, Laulea Engineering, and is the current CEO and co-founder of the HUB.

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Stephanie Shipton
TFA Hawaiʻi

Stephanie Shipton is the Director of Systems Leadership at TFA Hawaii. She has a diverse set of intersectional experiences in the policy, education and non-profit spaces.


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