The Hawaii Venture Capital Association has named Kamehameha Schools Investor of the Year as part of its annual Hawaii Entrepreneur Awards. The honor recognizes the most outstanding entity that has contributed to investing in the Hawai‘i startup ecosystem via capital and investment in the community.
Community & ‘Āina Resiliency VP Kā‘eo Duarte will receive the award on behalf of KS. Under his leadership, KS established a $10 million Hawai‘i Food Systems Fund focusing on local investments to support food production, distribution, processing, purchasing and consumption.
“The fund looks to invest in compelling businesses – and their leaders – who will accelerate the revitalization and diversification of food systems, including our own KS portfolio of ‘āina and tenants,” Duarte said. “Creation of this fund enables KS to more directly invest in enterprises that aim to provide healthy and accessible food to feed Hawaiʻi and beyond, as part of a resilient economy with new jobs and career pathways.”
The Hawaii Venture Capital Association represents entrepreneurs, private equity firms, and venture capital firms, with global investment interests. HVCA membership is open to investors, entrepreneurs, or anyone who may be interested in learning more about Hawaii’s innovative sector.
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