Business Accelerator

Business Accelerator

About the Program

FoundHer accelerates growth for women-founded businesses in Hawai’i. The program is especially for historically overlooked and unsupported AAPI and Native Hawaiian wāhine.

No other accelerator program in the state is specifically for women, and no other accelerator in the U.S. has FoundHer’s unique combination of capital, family care, mentorship and skill-building for AAPI and indigenous women. As founders, mothers, and caretakers ourselves, we are committed to removing barriers to women’s success in early-stage business start-ups.

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Cohort 4 Program at a Glance

  • 6 month duration
  • Start date: January 2025
  • 7 company cohort size

Program Criteria

  • For Profit (structured as an LLC or corporation)
  • Proof of Concept (i.e. Sales, Partnerships, Active Users, etc.)
  • 50% of company owners must identify as women, of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, or Asian descent
  • Based in Hawaiʻi
  • Early Stage (~3 years of operations)
  • FoundHers’ values align with our own: Community, sustainability, mutual responsibility, & regenerative practice

Program Requirements

FoundHers are required to:

  • Meet with mentor(s) for 1-2 hours per month
  • Complete monthly and quarterly progress surveys
  • Attend virtual educational sessions, check-ins with the program manager, and cohort check-ins
  • Attend In-person program kick-off, monthly retreats, and graduation

Program Highlights

  • 17 company portfolio
  • All companies less than three years old
  • 650 applications to date
  • Cohort 1 tripled average revenue within 1 year of joining the program
Cohort 2 spotlight

Ha'a & Co

Hear from cohort 2 alumna, Maliana from Ha'a & Co, and view a day in the life.

Hawai'i FoundHer Accelerator reviews
Hawai'i FoundHer Accelerator reviews
“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 (Cohort 2)