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Meli James, Cofounder of Mana Up, President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association

  • Toto Concept 190 190 King St San Francisco, CA 94107 United States (map)

Join us for the launch of HCCNC’s Business Speaker Series, featuring a talk and Q&A with Meli James, cofounder at Mana Up and President of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA).

Meli will share more about her experiences from founding the #1 wine ranked wine app in 2007 out of Silicon Valley to cofounding Mana Up, the Hawai'i-based initiative designed to build the state’s next generation of CEOs in the retail and food product industry, in addition to her work leading HVCA and across other ventures.

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Emcee: Hoala Greevy, Founder & CEO of Paubox

5:30pm — Networking & Pupus

6:00pm — Meli’s Talk

6:45pm — Q&A

7:00pm — Event Ends

7:15pm - Following the event we have space reserved at the Lava Lounge for those who want to mingle with attendees and speakers

Limited space available! Reserve your space by getting a ticket today!

We’re asking for a ticket donation of $10 to cover the venue and light appetizers, plus one raffle ticket entering you for a chance to win a Southwest Airlines US mainland-only roundtrip ticket (value of up to $500).

Thank you for your support! Questions? Please contact Michael Bennett at

About the Speaker and Emcee:

Speaker: Meli James

Meli James is a cofounder at Mana Up, a Hawai'i-based initiative designed to build the state’s next generation of CEOs in the retail and food product industry. Mana Up hosts a 12-week accelerator program offered biannually to enable Hawaiʻi product entrepreneurs to scale their businesses.

Additionally, she is president of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, an organization that seeks to foster entrepreneurial development through education, networking, and access to capital.

Previously, James worked with Hawaii startup accelerators Blue Startups and University of Hawaii’s XLR8UH, bringing them her Silicon Valley startup experience. James founded her first company, Nirvino – #1 ranked wine app, an Apple Platform Top 100 App, & Top Ten Lifestyles App -- in 2007.

James is a founding member of the Startup Paradise initiative helping to build a thriving startup community that nurtures collaboration and innovation in Hawaii. She is committed to establishing resources to grow talent and high-growth ideas.

In 2016, she was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of five Women to Watch. In 2017, she was recognized again by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of eight Women Leaders Who Are Disrupting Entrepreneurship.

James is a graduate of Punahou School and Cornell University.


Emcee: Hoala Greevy

Hoala Greevy is the founder and CEO of Paubox, the leading provider of HIPAA-compliant email services. Paubox’s end-to-end email encryption works on any device without requiring additional apps, plug-ins, or logins. A serial entrepreneur, Hoala also founded Pau Spam, an email-filtering software service. Paubox is based in San Francisco.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Southwest Airlines, Paubox, and Toto Concept 190