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Hawaii-based accelerator launches new program to help Native Hawaiian and Indigenous business owners

Hawaii-based accelerator launches new program to help Native Hawaiian and Indigenous business owners

February 01, 2022

HONOLULU (KHON2) — A Hawaii-based initiative that grows local products to markets worldwide is teaming up with Build Native to launch a new program designed to help Native Hawaiian and Indigenous business owners build the skill sets, confidence and resources to achieve their goals.

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BUILD NATIVE WITH SHOPIFY AND MANA UP OFFER NEW YEAR-LONG PROGRAM FOR HAWAI‘I’S NATIVE HAWAIIAN BUSINESS OWNERS

BUILD NATIVE WITH SHOPIFY AND MANA UP OFFER NEW YEAR-LONG PROGRAM FOR HAWAI‘I’S NATIVE HAWAIIAN BUSINESS OWNERS

January 28, 2022

Build Native with Shopify, a global initiative to provide Indigenous-identifying entrepreneurs with an authentic and culturally relevant platform, announced its new Hawai‘i Rising program in partnership with Mana Up, a Hawai'i-based accelerator and venture fund.

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Mana Up, Shopify partner to launch new program for Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs

Mana Up, Shopify partner to launch new program for Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs

January 28, 2022

Hawaii-based product accelerator Mana Up has partnered with Build Native with Shopify to launch a new program that supports Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs.

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Mana Up opens applications for seventh cohort of Hawaii entrepreneurs

Mana Up opens applications for seventh cohort of Hawaii entrepreneurs

January 27, 2022

Hawaii-based consumer brand accelerator Mana Up has opened applications for its seventh cohort of Island business owners.

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Bytemarks Cafe: Mana Ups

Bytemarks Cafe: Mana Ups

January 27, 2022

Today we'll meet some of the Mana Up makers and learn how they market their local brand to the rest of the world. We'll also learn about Mana Ups statewide virtual tour and the call for applications for cohort 7.

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COVID-19 pandemic inspired more people to start their own business in Hawaii

COVID-19 pandemic inspired more people to start their own business in Hawaii

January 27, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to have unleashed a tidal wave of entrepreneur activity across the country. The U.S. Census Bureau reports paperwork was filed to start 4.3 million businesses in 2021. More people are also creating start-ups here in Hawaii.

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Mana Up and travel2change partner to highlight local entrepreneurs

Mana Up and travel2change partner to highlight local entrepreneurs

January 27, 2022

Accelerator Mana Up and nonprofit travel2change have launched a new partnership to promote products from local makers.

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MANA UP LAUNCHES $6.3 MILLION VENTURE FUND TO SCALE HAWAII PRODUCT COMPANIES

MANA UP LAUNCHES $6.3 MILLION VENTURE FUND TO SCALE HAWAII PRODUCT COMPANIES

October 15, 2021

Mana Up, a local accelerator for Hawai‘i-based consumer brands, today announced the launch of its first venture capital fund with $6.3 million in capital commitments.

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Accelerator’s New Venture Fund Is Helping Ag-Based Companies Expand

Accelerator’s New Venture Fund Is Helping Ag-Based Companies Expand

October 15, 2021

In early 2018, Ko Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum, a small distiller in Kunia, joined with Mana Up in the business accelerator’s first cohort of 10 young Hawaii-based companies seeking help scaling up their businesses.

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Women Who Mean Business 2021

Women Who Mean Business 2021

October 15, 2021

Brittany Heyd, 2021 Women Who Mean Business Honoree, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, in Honolulu.

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Mana Up to host entrepreneur showcase virtually for second year

Mana Up to host entrepreneur showcase virtually for second year

October 12, 2021

Local product business accelerator Mana Up is hosting its annual entrepreneur showcase virtually for the second year in a row.

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MANA UP 2021 SHOWCASE FEATURES 24 OF HAWAIʻI’S RISING STARS

MANA UP 2021 SHOWCASE FEATURES 24 OF HAWAIʻI’S RISING STARS

October 12, 2021

Mana Up announces its 2021 Showcase, which will livestream from the historic Hawaii Theatre via Facebook and YouTube on Thursday, November 4 at 4:00 p.m. HST. 

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