There’s a new co-working space opening up on Maui at the Maui Research & Technology Center (MRTC). If you are on Maui or planning a trip there on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, you can catch the open house at 590 Lipoa Parkway from 4pm – 7pm.
Robbie Melton, Executive Director and CEO of the High Tech Development Corp (HTDC) will kick off the evening with a talk on New Money for Your Business. She is making an island hopping informational tour to promote a new HTDC program called the Neighbor Island Innovation Initiative (NI3), that will offer business, technical help and mentorship not readily available to technology-related small businesses on the neighbor islands. The goal is to help accelerate efforts in product development, sales or investment in those companies. She also plans to announce three new grant programs including:
- Hawaii Small Business Innovation Research (HSBIR) grants to develop new technologies and innovations. The state’s grant fund is expanding Phase II and Phase III awards to match up to 50 percent up to $500,000.
- Manufacturing Assistance Program (MAP) grants that offer a 20 percent reimbursement, up to $100,000, on purchasing manufacturing equipment, training and energy-efficiency projects.
- Hawaii Office of Naval Research (HONR) grants that offer up to 50 percent matching funds for alternative energy research and development projects.
This is an ideal opportunity to not only check out the new co-working space but to also learn about these new funding programs. For more information please visit HTDC.Org.