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At the inaugural 2013 Hawaii Technology Excellence Awards held on Thursday, the Hawaii State Energy Office took top honors for two of its innovative online programs. These online tools are part of the State Energy Office's suite of self-help applications available at

The state's Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) and Sultan Ventures will be hosting the 4th Annual Hawaii VC Summit to discuss "Startup Paradise," Hawaii's entrepreneurial "high growth" community that is a cornerstone of our innovation ecosystem.

The Hawaii Refinery Task Force has submitted its Interim Report to Gov. Neil Abercrombie, assessing the impacts of potential refinery closures on Hawaii’s energy system and analyzing options for assuring the state’s energy security.

As the state looks at innovative ventures to grow Hawaii’s economy, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) will be holding a symposium on Thursday, November 14 that will focus on the “Proof of Concept Center” model, a combination mentorship-and-investment program that has proven to fast track the lab-to-market process.