Incubator @ Common Ground Application
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Incubator @ Common Ground.
The Incubator @ Common Ground is a business development program designed to collaboratively revitalize a diversified and sustainable agricultural economy in Hawaii. Led by instructor Dirk Soma, the Incubator @ Common Ground seeks to cultivate the next generation of Kauai-based food, beverage, and farm-based entrepreneurs to establish Hawaii as a food innovation hotspot. Incubator cohorts will have the opportunity to develop strategic growth goals and business plans. Cohort companies will be allotted $10,000 per company for approved expenditures to assist with achieving strategic growth plan goals.
The pilot cohort will focus on candidates that represent and celebrate the traditions of agriculture and robust food systems on Kauai with appeal across major markets. The Incubator @ Common Ground invites the following start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses to apply:
*Early stage, food and beverage companies with niche products that have reached the market and have a unique connection to Hawaii-grown ingredients, Hawaiian culture and global demand potential.
*Companies with revenues of $150,000/year or less.
*Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies that serve the local market and/or need resources to access national and global markets.
*Companies that make food and beverage packaging, provide supply chain services and otherwise support the Hawaii-based food system.
*Pre-launch companies with uniquely compelling ideas.
The Incubator program begins on September 18, 2020, runs through December 31, 2020 and is limited to 10 companies.
The program consists of weekly, 4-hour class sessions in addition to weekly one-on-one sessions with the Program Instructor. Sessions will be held via Zoom until further notice. Participant time commitment for the course is 6-7 hours/week (inclusive of class time). Cohort participants are expected to attend all classes and one-one-one sessions and complete the entire course.
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the below application.
**September 7, 2020 APPLICATION DEADLINE** Selected companies will be notified no later than September 15, 2020.
Describe your company and product.
Who are your customers?
Please enter your revenue for 2019.
If you didn't have revenue for 2019, please note.
The number of employees.
Please include yourself and any paid and non-paid staff.
Where is your company physically headquartered?
How did you hear about the Common Ground Incubator?
Have you participated in an incubator or accelerator program before?
What is the total amount of funding you've received inclusive of grants, debt, and equity?*
If chosen would you or a company representative be available to attend the first class session on Friday, September 18th? (Each cohort company is allowed up to 4 representatives)
What is your preferred meeting time for the first class session on Friday, September 18th?
9:00am to 1:00pm
4:00pm to 8:00pm
Both of the above times work
If selected to participate in the cohort what time works best for you for the weekly 4-hour class sessions?
Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday 4:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Monday 4:00pm to 8:00pm
All of the above times work
Anything else you would like to share with us to differentiate your application?
Does your CEO identify as any of the following:
This answer will not impact your eligibility.
Person of color
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