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Local entrepreneur sells family legacy in a bottle

Local entrepreneur sells family legacy in a bottle

March 27, 2020

Pacific Business News

Passed down to local entrepreneur Kenji Lee by his older brother Taisei, and a recipe from his Uncle Martin before that, Swiss Inn Dressing is one of Hawaii's tastiest family secrets.

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The Best of Startup Paradise

The Best of Startup Paradise

March 04, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

Profiles of the 25 winners and finalists of the 2020 Hawaii Venture Capital Association’s Awards.

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Hawaii Venture Capital Association honors local entrepreneurs

Hawaii Venture Capital Association honors local entrepreneurs

February 28, 2020

Pacific Business News

Carbon Lighthouse, Fused Hawaii, Mohala Eyewear, TurnoverBnB and others recognized for their contribution in the tech and start-up scenes by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association's 20th annual Awards Gala.

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20 for the Next 20: Brittany Heyd, Mana Up

20 for the Next 20: Brittany Heyd, Mana Up

February 21, 2020

Hawaii Business Magazine

In less than four years in Hawai‘i, Brittany Heyd has made an indelible mark on the entrepreneurial landscape. The co-founder and partner with Meli James in the accelerator called Mana Up has helped supercharge four cohorts of Hawai‘i startups. She says they have provided 41 companies with mentorship, new connections, venture capital and other support so their products can thrive nationally and internationally.

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From side hustle to store front

From side hustle to store front

February 07, 2020

Pacific Business News

By trade Kehaulani Nielson has been a flight attendant for more than 20 years, but in between the demands of her day job, Nielson runs her apparel business Kahulalea in Ala Moana Center.

Kahulalea began in 2013 as a simple side business, turning upcycled hula costumes into handbags. In 2016, Nielson switched gears and added clothing product lines.

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“House of Mana Up” to bring spotlight on local products in Waikīkī

“House of Mana Up” to bring spotlight on local products in Waikīkī

January 23, 2020

HONOLULU (KHON2)

The Hawai'i-based accelerator Mana Up is about to launch its very own retail store in Waikiki. In collaboration with YWCA and the Kamehameha Schools, the Royal Hawaiian Center will be hosting a special extended pop-up store so that shoppers can have access to its variety of local products.

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ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER CELEBRATES HAWAIʻI ENTREPRENEURS WITH HOUSE OF MANA UP

ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER CELEBRATES HAWAIʻI ENTREPRENEURS WITH HOUSE OF MANA UP

January 14, 2020

Press Release

In collaboration with Mana Up, YWCA Oahu, and Kamehameha Schools’ Community Engagement and Resources Group, Kona Oʻahu Region, Royal Hawaiian Center will host House of Mana Up, a special extended pop-up that brings the Hawaiʻi-based accelerator’s portfolio of local products to the heart of Waikīkī.

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How this Hawaii Island honey maker keeps business buzzing

How this Hawaii Island honey maker keeps business buzzing

January 03, 2020

Pacific Business News 

At this point in his life, 33-year-old Kawika Sebag says that the occasional mosquito bite has much more of an effect on him than several bee stings. That’s a good thing because, as the owner and co-founder of Big Island Moonbow Farms and Wai Meli Local Raw Honey, bee stings tend to be a daily occurrence.

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Blanket business sees steady growth

Blanket business sees steady growth

December 13, 2019

Pacific Business News

The idea behind Amber Thibaut’s Hawaii-inspired blanket business, Coco Moon Hawaii, started with inspiration from a hot pink pareo she used to nurse her second child.

“I was so disappointed with the generic animals on blankets and wanted to use something that I loved,” she said. “I found myself wondering if there could be a baby blanket that I loved as much as the hot pink pareo, with some island soul behind it.”

Thibaut, who is from Maui, started selling keiki essential products based on Oahu in 2015. Soon after, she applied to the Hawaii-based accelerator Mana Up’s third cohort, where she joined nine other small businesses looking to gain insight into how to better their business.

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Foodland Announces Mana Up Partnership and Manele Spice Company Launch

Foodland Announces Mana Up Partnership and Manele Spice Company Launch

December 02, 2019

Maui Now

Foodland is launching the new product line from Manele Spice Company created by Food Network star and local celebrity chef, Adam Tabura.

The launch is part of a new partnership between Foodland and Mana Up, a local accelerator focused on growing Hawaiʻi-based products globally.

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New products, new markets for Mana Up Hawaii's fourth cohort

New products, new markets for Mana Up Hawaii's fourth cohort

November 20, 2019

Pacific Business News 

The 10 companies that make up Mana Up Hawaii’s fourth cohort are busy scaling their businesses for growth with new products, new stores and new markets as far away as Japan.

The members of the cohort — Ambassadors With Aloha, Body Mint, Kahulalea, Maui Crisps, Mohala Eyewear, Slab Hawaii, Swiss Inn Dressing,Ulu Mana, Wai Meli and Wrappily — presented their products and their plans during a showcase and pitch session last week at the T Galleria in Waikiki. Each of the Hawaii-headquartered, product-based companies completed Mana Up's 12-week accelerator program designed to help them scale globally through traditional retail and e-commerce channels.

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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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