- Managing Director of Blue Startups
- Co-founder of Hawaii Angels investment network
- Has been helping startup entrepreneurs grow their companies for the past 15 years
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Chenoa Farnsworth is the managing director of Blue Startups, Hawai’i’s only venture accelerator. She has been helping startup entrepreneurs to grow their companies for the past 15 years. Chenoa also manages the Hawaii Angels investment network and is the founder of Hi Impact – an impact investment and social entrepreneurship organization launched in 2010.
In 2006, Ms. Farnsworth co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai’i-based venture capital firm that invested $50 million into Hawai’i-based technology startups. Prior to that Chenoa provided strategy development and business planning consultation for startup companies and high-growth businesses through her company Farnsworth Consulting. Ms. Farnsworth has reviewed hundreds of business plans helped clients raise over $30 million in financing.
She has held positions in health policy and legislative affairs in Hawai’i and Washington DC. Chenoa has served as chair of the Women’s Fund of Hawai’i, director of the Hawaii Women’s Business Center and judge and coach for the University of Hawai’i business plan competition.
Ms. Farnsworth earned a BA in political science from the U.C. Santa Cruz and an executive MBA from the University of Hawai’i.
Startup and entrepreneurship is a global phenomenon right now. Startup Paradise is how everybody in the startup community is referring to Hawaii. It’s important for Hawaii, we think, to be a player in that, and we say, “This is what we do, this is what we know, this is where we can add value as a startup community.” We’re putting Hawai‘i on the map as a startup destination, a startup paradise. Hawaii’s not perfect, but it’s a paradise for business startups. It’s about the connections, the networking and being able to speed up the time to market. Starting a new business can be daunting. What we do is incubate new tech-based businesses, providing them with everything they need to get off the ground, and hopefully succeed. There’s a flood of interest in startups among young people in Hawaii. Young people are beginning to see entrepreneurship as an alternative to, say, working for the state.