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3 Women-Led Accelerators Are Funding the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
February 2, 2022

Fellows mentioned in this story:
Dawn Lippert, Cohort IV
Meli James, Cohort VII

From Hawai‘i Business Magazine:

Blue Startups, Elemental Excelerator and Mana Up are working to diversify Hawai‘i’s economy.


Elemental Excelerator: Creating 10,000 Climate Jobs in the Next Five Years

Elemental Excelerator, a global clean technology accelerator based in downtown Honolulu, launched its venture capital fund last year—Earthshot Ventures—with a goal of investing in more climate repair companies and entrepreneurs.


Mana Up: Venture Capital for Consumer Product Businesses

Mana Up, a local accelerator for Hawai‘i-based consumer brands, launched a $6.3 million venture capital fund in September 2021.

The accelerator, co-founded by Meli James and Brittany Heyd, hosts an annual six-month program to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses by showing them how to tackle challenges in production, financing, marketing and more.

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A New Beginning to Help End Hunger
February 2, 2022

Hawai‘i Foodbank is a primary link in the state’s food security network. About a year into the pandemic in May 2021, Cohort VI Fellow Amy Marvin joined the Foodbank as its President and CEO. She sat down with us to talk about her transition to the nonprofit organization, the challenges and successes they’ve faced during the pandemic, and what’s ahead for the Foodbank.

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