COMMON
GROUND
ACCELERATOR

We're cultivating the next generation of Hawaii-based food & beverage entrepreneurs.

 

OUR GOALS

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MEET COHORT ONE

 
Slow Island
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.

Slowislandco.com 

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Tiny Isle

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.

  Tinyislekauai.com
 

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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."

 

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BENEFITS

Investment Capital

Imagine what an injection of $50,000 would do to help grow your business. Apply to our cohort and find out!

Mentorship

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.

Support Services

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

Adam Watten
Co-Director 

Kauai-based chef and entrepreneur, Adam has a decade of experience doing business in Hawaii and navigating its unique professional climate. Adam is committed to fostering small businesses and advocating for local food systems.

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Brian Halweil
Co-Director

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.

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DIACRITICALS
Common Ground is headquartered on the island of Kauai in Hawaii and recognizes the use of diacritical markings of the modern Hawaiian language including the ʻokina [ ʻ ] or glottal stop and the kahakō [ō] or macron. However, we have omitted these markings throughout our website to ensure the best online experience for our local, national and international users. We respectfully use diacriticals in all of our off-line communications. 

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Adam Watten

Co-Director, Common Ground Accelerator

4900 Kuawa Rd, Kilauea Kauai HI 96754