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Maui TechOhana to Feature Micro Tech Entrepreneur

January 12, 2020, 8:00 PM HST
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Dr. Isar Mostafanezhad. Photo courtesy: Maui Economic Development Board.

Maui entrepreneurs are invited to learn how to “create a successful business through innovation and research” at next month’s Maui TechOhana.

During the event, Nalu Scientific founder Dr. Isar Mostafanezhad will share business model advice, using Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grants.

Hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), Maui TechOhana is a regular networking event that features a guest speaker from the tech industry to “talk story” on their career path and relevant topics.

With a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Mostafanezhad started Nalu Scientific to commercialize and bring to market technologies related to NP/HEP (high-energy physics) applications. Developing high-end sensors and systems for the U.S. Air Force; NASA and US Department of Energy, Nalu Scientific has received SBIR funding for a number of projects, receiving nearly $3 million in grants since its inception in 2015.

Organizers say the Maui TechOhana meetings aim to provide an informal networking opportunity open to anyone interested in Maui’s technology industry. Events include a short presentation on a relevant topic in business or technology, followed by a discussion with others with similar professional interests.

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The event will be held on Feb. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Malcolm Center in Kīhei. The event is free with pupus and refreshments. Seats are limited.

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