financially viable opportunities locally for a sustainable Kauai.
Revitalize a diversified economy in Hawaii.
Scale Hawaii food innovations to meet global demand in major markets.
MEET COHORT ONE
Food & Beverage Co.
A proudly Black-woman owned CPG company that currently offers wellness elixirs, drink mixes, and curry pastes all locally sourced. Founded by Master Preserver Gida Snyder.
An ethically-centered, Hawaii-made CPG company that offers a range of macadamia nut butters, decadent fudge and tropical chocolate truffles. The company is headed by Lisa Parker and Roland Barker, who share a decades-long passion for good, healthful foods using locally sourced ingredients.
Robbie Melton, former Director at Kauai County Office of Economic Development
“The County of Kauai Office of Economic Development is honored to support the Common Ground Accelerator program. We applaud Common Ground Kauai on its values-driven initiative to foster entrepreneurship and scale a healthy, stable and balanced economy for Kauai.”
Monica Belz, CEO of Kauai Government Employee Federal Credit Union
"The Common Ground Accelerator is an important step in the diversification of Kauai's economy. As a locally owned business, we are thrilled to partner with Common Ground Kauai on the launch of this innovative program."
Seed 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.
Consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies that serve the local market and/or need resources to access national and global markets.
Entrepreneurs making food and beverage packaging, food marketing technology and other products that support the food supply chain.
Pre-launch companies with uniquely compelling ideas.
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Imagine what an injection of $50,000 would do to help grow your business. Apply to our cohort and find out!
Common Ground partner and mentor network brings decades of successful company building experience, both on island and globally. Entrepreneurs will be matched with multiple mentors for weekly support and guidance.
We can help you hone the business of company building including innovative product development methodology, processing and production, staffing, marketing, brand strategy, packaging, business development, and culinary insight--support worth up to $50,000.
MEET OUR TEAM
New York-based food storyteller and trendspotter. Brian has been editor-in-chief of four Edible magazines in the New York metro area with a recent focus on technology and investments moving into the food chain. He now works with Almanac Insights and other venture funds focused on sustainable food and agriculture.
Co-Director, Common Ground Accelerator
4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea Kauai HI 96754