Chevron donates $350K for public school projects
Teachers at 110 Hawaii public schools statewide received valuable classroom resources purchased with $350,000 that was raised through Fuel Your School, a collaboration between Chevron and DonorsChoose.org, an online organization dedicated to helping students in need.
Chevron contributed $1 when consumers purchased eight or more gallons of fuel during the month of October at participating Chevron stations throughout the state. The resources purchased will benefit 406 public school classroom projects in Hawaii, support science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, and impact 32,650 students.
This year, the Fuel Your School program generated nearly $7.1 million for classrooms in 16 U.S. communities and positively impacted more than 900,000 students.
CPB Foundation supports several charities
The Central Pacific Bank Foundation awarded $476,182 in 2013 to more than two dozen charities including Aloha United Way, Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii and Hawaii County Economic Opportunity Council.
The foundation was established to strengthen Hawaii communities by creating opportunities for youth and fostering social progress. The foundation support focuses on the areas of education and community development.
Donation will benefit typhoon victims
The Hawaii Lodging &Tourism Association and its chapters on Kauai and Hawaii Island, joined by the Maui Hotel &Lodging Association, have collectively donated $35,000 to the American Red Cross in support of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that devastated areas of the Philippines in November.
The check was presented to the American Red Cross during the Kokua for the Philippines event Dec. 15 at Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The Hawaii Lodging &Tourism Association is a statewide organization representing hotels, condominiums, timeshares, and other lodging entities.
Applications sought for accelerator program
Blue Startups, a Hawaii-based accelerator founded by Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Software, is recruiting its third cohort of up to 10 high-growth companies for its spring accelerator program.
Applications must be submitted by Feb. 1 at bluestartups.com/apply. The program will run March 17 through June 6. Blue Startups uses the lean startup method of rapid company development and iteration in its 13-week intensive mentoring program. Blue Startups targets scalable high-growth companies from Hawaii and around the world. Each company is given $20,000 in up-front funding with the possibility of up to $50,000 in follow-on funding upon completion of the program.
The Spring Blue Startups program culminates in a new regional investor event called East Meets West Demo Day, which aims to attract deals and investors from the major regional economies of Asia.
Blue Startups has invested in 15 companies since its founding in 2012, raising more than $3 million in follow-on funding, and continues to gain market traction.