Hawai'i FoundHer

Uplifting Women Entrepreneurs. Grounded in Hawaiʻi.

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Countdown to next round of applications

We are seeking the next cohort of Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander women-led companies!
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Funding

Women are over-mentored and under-funded so we aim to provide grant funding to seed your business’ growth and empower you to build your future.

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'Ohana-Care Stipends

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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Mentorship

Participating teams are connected with two 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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Community Events

Quarterly networking and market events for our larger community of women entrepreneurs

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Funding

Women are over-mentored and under-funded so we aim to provide grant funding to seed your business’ growth and empower you to build your future.

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Rating of 4 means .
The rating of this product for "" is 2.

'Ohana-Care Stipends

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.

Rating of 1 means .
Rating of 4 means .
The rating of this product for "" is 3.

Mentorship

Participating teams are connected with two 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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Community Events

Quarterly networking and market events for our larger community of women entrepreneurs

Empowering Women-Led Businesses in Hawai'i

FoundHer accelerates growth for women-founded businesses in Hawai’i, especially supporting historically overlooked AAPI and Native Hawaiian wāhine. No other program combines capital, family care, mentorship, and skill-building uniquely for AAPI and indigenous women. As founders, mothers, and caretakers, we are committed to removing barriers to early-stage success.

Upcoming Events

Pouhana Mixer

Join us for the Pouhana Mixer on July 26, 2024, at Hālau 'Īnana starting at 5:30—a family-friendly event fostering leadership and networking among women entrepreneurs. Featuring guest speaker Keaʻa Davis and an activity on the Triple Piko Analysis, this event offers valuable tools to enhance your leadership and business strategies.

Online Info Session

Join our program coordinators, Keanu Wilson and Darien Siguenza, virtually on August 1st at 5:30 PM. Discover the inspiration behind FoundHer, our principles, program overview, criteria, resources, application timeline, and selection process. Q&A and networking included!

Hawai'i Island: Info Session

Join us in-person in Hilo at Na Leo TV on August 9th, 5:30-8 PM for an info session with coordinators Keanu Wilson and Darien Siguenza. Discover FoundHer's inspiration, principles, program overview, criteria, resources, and application tips. Q&A and networking included!

From the people
“It has been a joy, and an honor and a privilege being in the FoundHer Program. I have grown as a person and as a Founder. My business has grown as well. I look at things in a much broader/bigger way. I see so much potential for growth. I've have learned a lot but I have made friends, which is invaluable.”
— Dore Centeio, Founder of Kamuela Gourmet
“I’m forever grateful and honored to have been selected for Hawaiʻi FoundHer, which has created space, sisterhood, and focus for us Native Women entrepreneurs here in Hawaii.”
— Melelani Jones, Founder of Kōkua Diaper
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Supporting All Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Based on feedback from many applicants, we understand not everyone can join our program. That's why we host quarterly events like the Hulilau Market and Pouhana Mixers, plus offer online resources from industry experts. At Hawaiʻi FoundHer, we are committed to building and strengthening our community support.

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