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EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator™ – Hawai'i

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About the Business Accelerator Program

The EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator–Hawaiʻi will support local entrepreneurs who are creating sustainable business solutions to overcome adverse social determinants of health.


On June 30th you are invited to the Finale Showcase to hear eight incredible innovators present their business models and concepts that promote health equity and community transformation in Hawaiʻi. Let’s cheer on these finalists, as they vie for grants up to $25,000. See you there!

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Fan voting is open from June 14th through the night of the event on June 30th

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Social determinants – environmental and social factors into which people are born, live, work and age – include access to healthy food, quality education, health care, employment and housing.

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities are increasingly empowered to take charge of their health. Still, many people here continue to be disproportionately affected by heart disease and stroke.

In 2019, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander people were four times more likely than other populations to die from cardiovascular disease, and three times more likely to die from stroke.

Social determinants of health are especially significant in Hawaiʻi. The state ranks 46th in the U.S. for economic opportunity based on business environment, employment, and economic growth.

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Partnering with Kamehameha Schools, the EmPOWERED to Serve Business Accelerator Program assists entrepreneurs working to reduce adverse social determinants within their communities.

This program is for communities of Hawaiʻi, empowered by the people of Hawaiʻi.

Selected candidates will:

  • Receive six weeks of MBA-style business training.
  • Present their businesses to health, education, social justice and business leaders at the Hawaiʻi Expo and Showcase.
  • Compete for first place, second place and fan favorite to receive $25,000, $10,000 and $5,000 grants, respectively.

Kamehameha Schools

Kamehameha Schools