Share it  

CG Foundation is the non-profit arm of Common Ground and aims to further the development of agriculture, arts and education in Hawaiʻi.



A business development program to collaboratively revitalize a diversified and sustainable agricultural economy in Hawai'i.

We’re currently raising funds to launch Cohort 2 and additional programming for Hawaiʻi-based entrepreneurs. Stay tuned! If youʻre interested in making a contribution or would like to find out more information, please contact Jennifer Luck at

Led by instructor Dirk Soma, Incubator@Common Ground seeks to cultivate the next generation of Hawaiʻi-based food, beverage, and farm-based entrepreneurs to establish Hawaiʻi as a food innovation hotspot. Incubator cohorts will have the opportunity to develop strategic growth goals and business plans. Cohort companies will be allotted $10,000 per company for approved expenditures to assist with achieving strategic growth plan goals.


Ideal Candidates

  • Early-stage, food and beverage companies with niche products that have reached the market
  • Companies with connection to Hawaiʻi-grown ingredients and global demand potential
  • Have revenues less than $150,000/year

Program Details

The program consists of weekly, 4-hour class sessions in addition to weekly one-on-one sessions with the Program Instructor. Sessions will be held via Zoom until further notice. Participant time commitment for the course is 6-7 hours/week (inclusive of class time). Cohort participants are expected to attend all classes and one-one-one sessions and complete the entire course.

Program Partners

Launched in August 2020, Cohort 1 of Incubator@Common Ground was initially launched in part through funding provided by a CARES Act grant from the County of Kauaʻi Kupaʻa Kauaʻi program and in partnership with Kauaʻi Government Employees Federal Credit Union (KGEFCU).

Share it  

Ready to learn more?