Rallying to Raise Young Entrepreneurs
After taking last month off for the Hawaii Innovation Initiative forum, the HVCA will host a panel discussion and audience Q&A focused on “paying it forward to provide a stable future for Hawaii’s youth.”
“How are we investing in our youth?” organizers ask. “Whatâ€™s going on at the junior school and high school levels in Hawaii to help grow and train the next generation of entrepreneurs?Â How are we planting that seed and showing our youth Hawaii is a place that can support these endeavors as they continue to grow?”
The panel includes:
- Kimberly Canepa, President of Junior Achievement of Hawaii. She previously served as program manager before ascending to current her post in 2013. The Hawaii chapter of Junior Achievement wasÂ founded in 1957 to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business, and economics.
- Steve Sue, Chairman of theÂ BizGym Foundation. Sue, who created Lemonade Alley five years ago, created the foundation toÂ runÂ educational business, entrepreneurial, financial and charitable giving events and programs.
- Casey Agena, Director of Summer School at Punahou School. I previously wrote about Punahou’s geeky summer offerings, but the program includes a wide array of academic classes as well as music, dance, and sports.
- Michelle Bartell, Vice President ofÂ Corporate Communications and Manager of Community Advancement atÂ American Savings Bank.
- Donavan Kealoha, Co-Founder of the Purple Mai’a Foundation. The foundation is a “startup technology education nonprofit” focused on broadening the horizons of middle school students, this school year offeringÂ after-school “tech maker” classes.
- Jason Sewell, Co-Founder and Curriculum Developer at DevLeague. DevLeague, which is currently planning a statewide hackathon with Uber, is a programming bootcamp that promises to turn beginning coders into employable full-stack web developers in a matter of weeks.
If the “Investing in Hawaii’s Kid-Preneurs” panel wasn’t already jam packed with local educational leaders, the only person missing would be a kid.
The luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22 at The Plaza Club on the 20th floor of Pioneer Plaza (900 Fort Street Mall). Early bird registration is $40 ($30 for HVCA members, $20 for students), or $50 at the door. Parking is available at Harbor Court.