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Grounded in Hawaiʻi.

About

FoundHer is an accelerator program tailored specifically to the needs of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and/or Asian women and mothers starting businesses in five core markets of Hawaiʻi’s economy: Tech, Fashion, Health & Wellness, Food System/Restaurants, and Keiki/Education.

Our team of wāhine (women) founders, business leaders, investors, and operators aim to grow five women-led* businesses by 100-300% in the year they participate in the 6-month program. 

*at least 50% of the founding team must be women.

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WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

FoundHer was created by women for women and provides research-tested resources critical to the success of an early-stage wāhine-led business. We aim to provide:

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Funding

Women are over-mentored and under-funded so we aim to provide between $10,000 and $100,000 in grant funding to seed your business’ growth and empower you to build your future

Childcare & Elder Care

Flexible child & elder care stipends that can be used to pay for anything from a day-care service to the auntie in your neighborhood or a grandparent to buy groceries

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Work Space

Workspace on each major Hawaiian island so you can separate work and life without needing to procure office space or a coworking membership

Mentorship

Participating teams are connected with three core mentors based on the industry of their business. Teams also have access to a larger advisor network with former entrepreneurs, corporate decision-makers, leaders, and subject matter experts. Mentors have been carefully chosen and for their leadership and expertise in their respective spaces as well as the balance they bring to the core mentor team. They act as sounding-boards, brainstorm partners, connectors, and supporters.

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TECH

FASHION

HEALTH & WELLNESS

FOOD

KEIKI

Core Mentors

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Jenna Quindica

Software Engineer, First Round Capital

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Ellen Ng

Economic Development Specialist, HTDC

Apply for Hawaiʻi FoundHer

Apply by the early bird deadline, June 14, to get into the first round of application reviews.

The final deadline to apply for Cohort 1 is July 1, 2021.
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis.

Draft your application with this document: Download & Print

Who are we looking for?

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For-Profit

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Early Stage

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Proof of Business Concept

(i.e. sales, partnerships, etc.)

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50% of founders must be women, of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Asian descent, AND based in Hawaiʻi

Program Details

Duration

6 Months

Launched

September 2021

Cohort Size

5 Companies

Curriculum

Interested?

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