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A business development program to collaboratively revitalize a diversified and sustainable agricultural economy in Hawai'i.

INCUBATOR@COMMON GROUND

A business development program to collaboratively revitalize a diversified and sustainable agricultural economy in Hawai'i.

We’re currently raising funds to launch our 2021 cohorts. We aim to launch Cohort 2 in Spring 2021 and Cohort 3 in Fall 2021. For more information, please contact Jennifer Luck at jen@commongroundkauai.com. You can also sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date.

Led by instructor Dirk Soma, Incubator@Common Ground seeks to cultivate the next generation of Hawaiʻi-based food, beverage, and farm-based entrepreneurs to establish Hawaiʻi as a food innovation hotspot. Incubator cohorts will have the opportunity to develop strategic growth goals and business plans. Cohort companies will be allotted $10,000 per company for approved expenditures to assist with achieving strategic growth plan goals.

 

Ideal Candidates

  • Early-stage, food and beverage companies with niche products that have reached the market
  • Companies with connection to Hawaiʻi-grown ingredients and global demand potential
  • Have revenues less than $150,000/year

Timeline

Dates for the 2021 cohorts are currently pending funding. Stay tuned.

Program Details

The program consists of weekly, 4-hour class sessions in addition to weekly one-on-one sessions with the Program Instructor. Sessions will be held via Zoom until further notice. Participant time commitment for the course is 6-7 hours/week (inclusive of class time). Cohort participants are expected to attend all classes and one-one-one sessions and complete the entire course.

Program Partners

Launched in August 2020, Cohort 1 of Incubator@Common Ground was initially launched in part through funding provided by a CARES Act grant from the County of Kauaʻi Kupaʻa Kauaʻi program and in partnership with Kauaʻi Government Employees Federal Credit Union (KGEFCU).

CG Foundation, Common Ground’s non-profit arm, is awaiting IRS approval for its 501(c)3 application. In the interim, all contributions for this program will be received and processed through KGEFCU. Donations for this program are tax-deductible.

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