Startup Connector Application Now Available


Startup Connector, Hawaii’s new manufacturing business accelerator, is now accepting applications for 2016.

What is Startup Connector? Startup Connector is a Manufacturing Accelerator (located in Honolulu, Hawaii) that supports hardware startups. Accelerator programs are time-specific, mentorship-driven programs designed to connect startups with critical early-stage product development resources.

What startup programs are available? The entire Startup Connector manufacturing and commercialization program focuses on providing an in-depth and highly technical 10 week program to support companies who are ready to commercialize their products. There are two 10 week tracks in which inventors and entrepreneurs can apply. Track 1 is the “Business Startup Program” and covers all of the basics (and more) in relation to launching a product. Track 2  is the “Design/Manufacturing Program” and delves into the world of product development and manufacturing.

What exactly do the two business tracks cover?

Track 1: Business Startup Program

  • Startup Basics – Lean Startups
  • Market Assessment
  • Financing/Capital/VC models
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Startup Case Studies – Lessons Learned
  • Financial Model
  • Go to market strategies
  • IP Assistance (Patent + Licensing)
  • Certification preparation (UL, FCC, FDA, CE, etc.)

Track 2: Design/Manufacturing Program

  • Product Development
  • Engineering/Design practices
  • Design process & methodology
  • Design For Manufacturing (DFM)
  • Prototyping
  • Packaging Design/Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Introduction to manufacturers (site visit to China or U.S.)

How do I apply? The entire application process is completed on the Startup Connector website. You simply pick the track that you would like to apply for and fill out the corresponding application.

For additional information about Startup Connector, please visit the website: If you have questions related to the Startup Connector application process please email

Read more about Startup Connector on our blog, “New Adventures with Startup Connector”.


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