The Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) provides business and technological expertise to food and agricultural entrepreneurs throughout the State of Hawaiʻi.
A program of University of Hawaiʻi Maui College, MFIC helps farmers and food manufacturers increase profitability through the development of new value-added food products, reduces our dependence on imports, and contributes to the sustainability of island-based agriculture.

New! The Maui Accelerator Program
(Begins January 25, 2016)

The Maui Accelerator Program (MAP) is the first food-industry business accelerator program in the state of Hawaiʻi. The UHMC Maui Food Innovation Center is developing this program to allow local food entrepreneurs the opportunity to participate in a business incubator activity that is geared towards the special challenges and opportunities of the food industry.

Selected participants will receive training in food safety, best manufacturing practices, industry trends, business planning, marketing, nutritional analysis, packaging, financing for food business and export regulations. The program will culminate in a one-day entrepreneurial networking event that showcases the cohort through a competitive pitch to a panel of judges and a diverse group of angel investors, venture capitalists, food companies, wholesalers and other potential partners and customers.

Native Hawaiian, women, and minority business owners are encouraged to apply.

$300 Special Tuition for Initial Launch of MAP. Deadline: December 15, by 5:00 p.m. for first consideration. To apply, fill out this online application.

For more information, contact Chris Speere at speere@hawaii.edu, 808-984-3690.

New Online Courses

In our first phase of growth, we have developed a series of educational programs that are available fully on-line. These classes provide an excellent and comprehensive foundation to the food industry and are valuable to anyone interested in developing a successful food product business. These classes are two hours each and cover four topics:

  • Food Trends: Finding Your Niche in the Specialty Foods Industry
  • Food Product Development and Technology Essentials
  • Quality Assurance and Food Safety Principles
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) for Food Producers

For more information and to register online visit: UHMC EdVenture Website.

Next Steps

We have secured funding through the Hawaiʻi State Legislature to renovate the former campus cafeteria in the Pilina Building at UH Maui College in Kahului into a state-of-the-art, shared-use food processing facility.
This facility will have the capacity to design, test, and produce foods such as sauces, soups, jams, jellies, entrees, bakery products, dehydrated snacks, refrigerated fresh-cut produce, and raw or cooked meat, poultry and seafood products.
See our “About” page for further details

Pilina Building Aerial

 Aerial View of University of Hawaiʻi Maui College Kahului campus, where the Maui Food Innovation Center will be located.
The Maui Food Innovation Center is partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor in the amount of $759,350. Funding does not pay for student costs to participate. The Maui Food Innovation Center is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. TDD/TTY: (808) 984-3325.

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