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Alum Devotes Her Policy Acumen to Hawaiian Entrepreneurs

Alum Devotes Her Policy Acumen to Hawaiian Entrepreneurs

September 23, 2019

Georgetown - McCourt School of Public Policy

Brittany Heyd (JD/MPP ‘13) was on the fast track for a high-powered law firm job when the lure of the startup world pulled her in another direction. Following her instincts meant a different kind of success: Heyd has now founded several companies that incubate economic development.

For the past two years, Heyd has run Mana Up, a Hawaii-based startup she co-founded. Mana Up fosters economic development in Hawaii by promoting local products and services, things like Hawaiian coffee, eco-friendly sunscreen and coconut cookies. The company provides twice-yearly accelerator programs that give Hawaiian companies advice, connections and access to distribution channels.

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Mana Up launches fourth cohort of future global business leaders

Mana Up launches fourth cohort of future global business leaders

August 19, 2019

Pacific Business News 

Local accelerator Mana Up has selected 10 companies out of 90 applicants for its fourth cohort, and it’s filled with everything from clothing and eyewear to food and sustainable gift wrap.

“This particular cohort really has a lot of diversity as we’re continuing to broaden our product base,” said Meli James, who co-founded Mana Up alongside Brittany Heyd.

Mana Up is a 12-week program geared at helping Hawaii-based product companies — including retail, beauty and food products — scale to the global market.

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Mana Up and Hawaiian Airlines Team Up for Unique Made in Hawaii Festival Showcase

Mana Up and Hawaiian Airlines Team Up for Unique Made in Hawaii Festival Showcase

August 15, 2019

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Local goods supported by Mana Up will be showcased at the First Hawaiian Bank Made in Hawaii Festival through a partnership with Hawaiian Airlines.

Hawaiian Airlines is kicking off the 25th annual event as the official airline sponsor and teamed up with Mana Up to create an unique aviation-themed space.

Hawaiian Airlines and Mana Up both share a mission to share Hawaii with the world.

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Growing Local Businesses at the Made in Hawaii Festival

Growing Local Businesses at the Made in Hawaii Festival

August 15, 2019

Hawaiian Airlines

As the flagship carrier of Hawai‘i for nine decades, we are proud to indulge our guests in the flavors, sights and sounds of the Islands each time they fly with us. Behind the scenes, we’re working closely with movers and shakers across the state to weave their products and stories into the flight experience.

Hawaiian Airlines is the Official Airline Sponsor of the 25th Annual Made in Hawaii Festival (MIHF), sharing our love for local products with kama‘āina statewide.

The upcoming three-day marketplace will feature hundreds of Hawai‘i businesses from throughout the Islands, including our interactive, entrepreneur-focused booth done in collaboration with our partner, Mana Up, a local initiative helping companies scale their products.

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Mana Up Cohort 4 Announced

Mana Up Cohort 4 Announced

August 09, 2019

Hawai'i Business Magazine

Hawai‘i based product accelerator Mana Up’s fourth cohort contains a diverse mix of companies.

From designer eyewear to body odor combatting pills, the cohort offers authentic Hawai‘i goods and is focused on developing the businesses for expansion. The ten companies are spread across O‘ahu, Maui and Hawai‘i Island.

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Interview with Meli James of Mana Up

Interview with Meli James of Mana Up

July 23, 2019

Impact HUB Honolulu

We are so excited to be a part of the #startupparadise that is Hawaii. We share a vision with many accelerators, businesses, organizations, and individuals to expand business opportunities here in the islands, and beyond.

One such visionary, whom we are proud to call a friend and a partner, is Meli James. She’s the President of the Board of Directors of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association and the Founder of Mana Up, an accelerator for packaged goods and brands in Hawaii. She’s a leader in the business community here in Honolulu, and she had some awesome thoughts to share during a recent conversation at her offices in Honolulu.

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Mana Up cohort members use Waikiki showcase to debut new products

Mana Up cohort members use Waikiki showcase to debut new products

June 12, 2019

Mana Up took over the ground floor of DFS Hawaii’s T Galleria in Waikiki last week to display the works of its cohort portfolio and to mark the third cohort’s completion of the 12-week program and showcase pitches for their products

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Editor’s Choice: Small Business Awards 2019

Editor’s Choice: Small Business Awards 2019

May 01, 2019

Meli James and Brittany Heyd launched Mana Up in November 2017 with the goal of empowering the owners of locally based consumer product companies.

The key is Hawaii itself: Mana Up gives smart, ambitious local people the chance to build careers at home instead of on the Mainland and Mana Up helps these CEOs authentically use the worldwide allure of the Islands to market their brands.

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Best of Honolulu Magazine: Bradley & Lily

Best of Honolulu Magazine: Bradley & Lily

April 08, 2019

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Bradley & Lily is a premier custom stationer that was honored as Best Letterpress Greeting Card in the 2018 Best of Issue of Honolulu Magazine.

Founder & Creative Director Stacey Nomura showcased some of the signature cards, custom creations and note books on Living808.

The inspiration for the cards came from her kids Bradley & Lily.

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Kunoa Expands, Announces Major Contracts

Kunoa Expands, Announces Major Contracts

April 07, 2019

The Garden Island

Bobby Farias is a betting man, and he’s betting consumers will continue to love Kunoa’s Hawaii-grown beef.

“If the consumer chooses local, then local wins. Period. If we bet on ourselves, we will win,” he said. “That’s all we can do.”

Kunoa co-founder Farias, a third-generation Hawaii rancher, was recently promoted to president from chief operating officer, where he will oversee all aspects of the company’s operations and strategic vision.

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Local Meat Producer Expands Operations on Oahu and Kauai

Local Meat Producer Expands Operations on Oahu and Kauai

March 13, 2019

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kunoa Cattle Company is expanding it’s operations to provide more beef to schools on Oahu and Kauai.

Part of the expansion included acquiring more land for it’s ranch on Kauai. Bobby Farias is president of Kunoa

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Kunoa Announces Expansion To Operations, Executive Team

Kunoa Announces Expansion To Operations, Executive Team

March 13, 2019

Pacific Business News

Local livestock processor Kunoa Cattle Company announced the growth of its Kauai ranch operations Wednesday.

With plans to double its herd from the current size of 2,000 cattle, the company has added 1,700 acres of land to its Kauai ranch. The additional land, the company explained in a statement, will enable it to grow partnerships with grocers, restaurants and retailers.

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