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The 7 Best Accelerators and Incubators from Hawaii

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Accelerators and incubators are essential for helping new startups take flight.

New entrepreneurs looking to transform their great business idea into a successful and sustainable business sometimes don’t have the experience or connections to make that happen on their own.

The staff of an accelerator or incubator can help by providing support, space, mentorship, connections and more.

To help you out, we've compiled a list of 7 accelerators and incubators from Hawaii.


7 Accelerators and Incubators in Hawaii

1) Elemental Excelerator

1) Elemental Excelerator

Elemental Excelerator is a startup accelerator that helps startups transform the world one community at a time.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Dawn Lippert, Jill Sims
  • Industries: Agriculture, Clean Energy, CleanTech, Food and Beverage, Transportation, Waste Management, Water
  • Number of investments: 68
  • Number of exits: 11

You can find their website here.

2) Blue Startups

2) Blue Startups

Blue Startups is a Top 20 Accelerator in the United States (according to Techcrunch), focusing on enabling scalable technology firms compete on a global scale.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Chenoa Farnsworth, Henk Rogers, Maya Rogers
  • Industries: Financial Services, Information Technology, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 114
  • Number of exits: 4
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 13

You can find their website here.

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3) XLR8UH

3) XLR8UH

XLR8UH is a venture accelerator that teaches, advises, and invests in the research and talent of the University of Hawai'i.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Omar Sultan, Tarik Sultan
  • Industries: Consulting, Financial Services, Venture Capital
  • Number of investments: 25

You can find their website here.

4) Mana Up

4) Mana Up

Mana Up is a 12-week innovation accelerator program focusing on worldwide product growth.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Brittany Heyd, Meli James
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services, Social Entrepreneurship
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

5) Maui Food Innovation Center

5) Maui Food Innovation Center

The Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) offers food and agriculture businesses with business and technology skills.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States

You can find their website here.

6) XLR8HI

6) XLR8HI

Hawaii's first proof-of-concept venture accelerator is XLR8HI.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • Started in: 2012
  • Industries: Finance

You can find their website here.

7) GVS Accelerator

7) GVS Accelerator

The GVS Transmedia Accelerator Program is a public-private partnership between GVS and other organizations.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: United States
  • Started in: 2014
  • Industries: Film

You can find their website here.

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