Episode 699: Mana Up with HI Spice & Kākou Collective – Jan 19, 2022

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Meli James, Kea Peters, Justin Orr, Katie Cook

We jump right into our conversation and welcome Meli James, cofounder of ManaUp. Sheʻs brought a couple of companies from cohort 6 with her; Justin Orr from HI Spice and Kea Peters from Kākou Collective. Check out Mana Up’s cohort 7 application. For more information, there are 2 info sessions one on February 1st at 4:00 p.m. and the other on February 9 at 10:00 a.m. 

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Episode 699: Mana Up with HI Spice & Kākou Collective – Jan 19, 2022

Episode 573: CyberPatriot + Mana Up Cohort 4 – Aug 21, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Kehaulani Neilsen, Loren Shoop, Reynold Hioki, Meli James

First off, the HiPlan business plan competition is open to individuals or groups (for-profit or non-profit) whose business plan focuses on developing startup or expanding a business based on Hawaii Island. The purpose of the Competition is to stimulate development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem on Hawaii Island. A grand prize of $25,000 in seed money will be awarded to the winning plan, 2019. Deadline to apply is Sept 7

Then we have Reynold Hioki here to talk about CyberPatriot Invitational and Capture the Flag competition. Finally, we have two companies, Ulu Mana and Kahulalea, currently in Mana Up‘s 4th cohort talk about what they do and their plans to take it to the next level.

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Episode 559: Ecoponics and UH Innovation Center – May 15, 2019

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Susan Yamada, Ame Arakaki (aka Ame Masutomi)

First we start with a few announcements:

  • On Friday May 17th Purple MaiÊ»a haumāna (students) will showcase their project work at Hālau ʻĪnana from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM HST
  • Mana Up will host the Native Hawaiian female founders panel on Tuesday May 21st, 5-8pm at Hālau ʻĪnana, Meli James will moderate.
  • Finally, the Entrepreneurs Sandbox has their open house this week from 8am – 4:30pm. Also Wetware Wednesday on 5/22, featuring collaborative robots, 4:30pm to 7pm. You’ll have to attend to find out more.

Then Ame Arakaki, entrepreneur and inventor tells us about Ecoponics. Last but not least, we have Susan Yamada, Director of UH Ventures tell us about establishing the UH Innovation Hub/Center and progress with the Atherton YMCA renovations.

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Episode 522: Mana Up Cohort 2 – Aug 29, 2018

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Stacey Nomura, Stefan Opsal

First, we hear from Stefan Opsal from Sultan Ventures and XLR8HI to tell us about a series of workshops for Hawaii businesses, entrepreneurs and startups. XLR8HI is offering a 50% discount for the workshop: Essentials of Entrepreneurship to Bytemarks Cafe listeners by using the promo code: Bytemarks

Then we hear from Stacey Nomura from Bradley and Lily and learn about Mana Up‘s second cohort.

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Episode 511: e-ICON Code Challenge – June 13, 2018

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Shane Asselstine, Meli James, Judy Nagasako, Ryan Ozawa

First, we hear about a South-by-Southwest Meet and Greet coming up next week. Phil Tripp, SXSW Senior Business Development Manager tell’s us all about it. Then, Meli James is back to brief us on the schedule for the next cohort of Mana Up, including some important deadlines for “Made-in-Hawaii” companies, as well as the next HVCA panel feature candidates in the Lt. Governor’s race. After the break, we learn about e-ICON, an international student coding challenge that originated in Korea but is now coming to Hawaii. Shane Asselstine and Judy Nagasako from the Department of Education are here to tell us about it.

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Episode 489: Mana Up Hawaii – Jan 10, 2018

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Tarek Shraibati, Chris Thalinger, Jan Hori, Mele Kalama-Kingma, Ryan Ozawa

First up we have Tarek Shraibati from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation here to tell us about the upcoming VEX Robotics Competition. Also Chris Thalinger from Twitter is here to tell us about the LavaOne Conference. Then we talk with Mele Kalama-Kingma from Mamalani and Jan Hori from Hawaiian Pie Company, two companies from the first Mana Up cohort.

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Episode 479: Citizen Forester – Nov 1, 2017

Photo (l:r) Burt Lum, Meli James, Brittney Heyd, Mia Harrie, Jolie Wanger, Blaire Langston, Ryan Ozawa

First up, Meli James and Brittney Heyd joins us to tell us about their latest startup, Mana Up. You can sign up for their first accelerator co-hort. Then we hear from Jolie Wanger from Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Citizen Forester Program, and Blaire Langston from the UH College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resource and the Ulu Phenology Project, to talk about citizen science, becoming a citizen forester and mapping Oahu’s trees.

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