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Cohort One Demo Day

Entrepreneurs Sandbox, Honolulu

Saturday, June 8, from 10 am - 12:30  pm

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Join us at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox in Honolulu on Saturday, June 8 from 10 am to 12:30 pm for a chance to hear from our inaugural cohort, networking, and food!

Our cohort companies will give 5-minute pitch presentations and answer your questions about their tropical agrifood and aquaculture innovation startups.

There will be an optional tour of MtroGrow Hawaii, one of our cohort companies following the Demo Day program.

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USDA Aquaculture SBIR/STTR Webinar
Virtually via Zoom, In-person Viewing at Hale Iako Conference Room in Kona and UH Manoa Agricultural Science Building Room 219
Wednesday, June 12, from 12 - 1 pm HST

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Join us for an insightful workshop dedicated to unveiling opportunities in aquaculture innovation through the USDA's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur, a researcher in the aquaculture field, or an innovator looking for funding to bring your ideas to life, this event is for you!

Featured Guest Speakers
Melinda Coffman, Program Coordinator, SBIR/STTR, USDA NIFA
Timothy Sullivan, National Program Leader, Animal Health & Aquaculture, USDA NIFA

These esteemed speakers will provide an in-depth look into the funding opportunities available for aquaculture innovations, share insights on how to successfully apply for these non-dilutive funds, and highlight the impact of these programs on the aquaculture industry.


Who Should Attend
- Entrepreneurs and small business owners in the aquaculture sector
- Researchers and academics focusing on aquaculture innovation
- Individuals interested in non-dilutive funding opportunities for aquaculture projects

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to dive deep into aquaculture innovation funding. Register now to secure your spot for either the online webinar or in-person viewing at one of our locations.

For more information, visit the event page at [](

Register today to get the Zoom link delivered to your email!!!

Check back for our 2024 event schedule

Upcoming events include:

  • June 8. 2024, Germinate Pre-accelerator Demo Day at the Entrepreneur Sandbox in Honolulu.

  • June 12, 2024, USDA SBIR/STTR Aquaculture Program Information Session featuring Melinda Coffman, USDA SBIR/STTR Program Manager, and Timothy Sullivan, National Program Lead, Animal Health and Aquaculture, USDA NIFA. Virtual with in-person viewing in Kona and Manoa at noon HST.

  • July 13, 2024, Germinating Agrifood Innovation Pitch Event - Honolulu at Walter Dods, Jr. RISE Center.  Accepting applications until May 31, 2024.

  • August 14, 2024, NSF SBIR/STTR Program Information Session featuring Erik Pierston, Program Director, NSF SBIR/STTR Program for Biological Technologies and Pharmaceutical Technologies. Virtual via Zoom noon HST.

  • More exciting events to come...

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