Food Innovation

Connecting Food & Community


X-celerating Foodpreneurs

The Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) is Hawai’i’s first college-based business incubator which serves to foster and accelerate the growth and education of agribusinesses and food entrepreneurs. As a part of the University of Hawai’i Maui College, MFIC is helping to build a stronger, more economically diverse, and sustainable Maui by supporting the value-added food industry. MFIC assists its community by providing technological expertise, innovative training, industry consultation, a state of the art manufacturing facility, and a Resource Hub for new and established food entrepreneurs endeavoring to bring their products to market locally, regionally, and nationally.


  • INCREASE profitability of Maui’s food industry by supporting the development of new value-added food products.
  • REDUCE our islands’ dependence on imports.
  • CONTRIBUTE to the sustainability of island-based agriculture.
  • CREATE job opportunities.
  • IMPACT revenue for food businesses, Maui County, and the State of Hawai’i.
  • CONNECT foodpreneurs with local farmers, food industry leaders, and business experts.
  • SERVE community with outstanding resources, services, and education.


Mentoring the development of regional food entrepreneurs.


Providing a home for small businesses to grow in a shared-use test kitchen.


Training programs for non-credit and certificate-based programs.

Current Classes

MFIC delivers innovative educational and technical training courses to support a vibrant value-added food industry and serves a broad array of individuals within the community including:

  • Agribusinesses
  • New and established food entrepreneurs
  • Food service business
  • UHMC – Culinary, Business, Science students interested in food manufacturing
  • Workforce development
  • Women, Veteran, and minority-owned food businesses
  • Native Hawaiian food business owners
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