When: Monday, August 31, 2015, 5 p.m.
Where: NELHA Gateway Center
Presenters: Karl Fooks and Sara Lin, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation

Are you someone who holds or would like to hold events to connect and support Hawaii's entrepreneurial, investor and corporate communities? Come learn about how you can apply for grant money to support these events. Are you just interested in the tech scene? Come and meet fellow science and tech professionals.

Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) has renewed funding for the HI Growth Connect and Network (CAN) Program, a grant program for events that connect Hawaii’s entrepreneurial, investor and corporate communities. The program is a major supporter of community events highlighting Hawaii’s high-growth businesses, such as Startup Weekends, MaiTai Maui Tech Night Startup Paradise Demo Days featuring our local accelerators, and Hawaii Island Demo Day in 2014. HSDC President Karl Fooks and associate Sara Lin will be on hand to answer questions about the program and application process at the information session.

Karl is the president of the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, an agency of the state of Hawaii that partners with private sector investors to mobilize investment capital for the growth sectors of Hawaii’s economy. Formerly a managing director and head of Private Equity in Asia for J.P. Morgan & Co., Karl has extensive experience as an investment professional. Contact Karl at karl.fooks@dbedt.hawaii.gov.

Sara is an associate at the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation. She has a strong background in journalism and has worked as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, Sara was a founding editor of Honolulu Civil Beat, an online investigative news startup launched by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar. Contact Sara at Sara.N.Lin@dbedt.hawaii.gov.

This pau hana is BYOB/potluck, so please bring a pupu and beverage to share. Reusable plates and cups are encouraged, as is taking home your own trash.

Program Agenda:

5:00-5:15 p.m. Gather and Networking

5:15-6:15 p.m. Presentation and Q&A

6:15-7:30 p.m. More Networking