Creative Lab Hawaii, founded in 2012 by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism’s Creative Industries Division (CID), is a key facet of DBEDT’s HI Growth Initiative, is developing an ecosystem to increase export, attract investment and build the state’s creative entrepreneurial capacity.
Creative Lab Hawaii has three program components: 1) Immersive Programs; 2) Ideation Workshops; and 3) Public Keynotes.
Immersive programs are offered to selected qualified applicants in high growth creative clusters: Broadband/New Media; Producing; Screenwriting; Mobile Game Application; Animation; Music; and Design/Fashion.
Ideation workshops target entrepreneurs in early stage project development with the goal of building the pre-requisite requirements for Creative Lab Immersive programs or other relevant accelerators.
Creative Lab Hawaii’s public programs, a collaboration with various industry partners, offer free panels and workshops by industry professionals in the areas of screenwriting, broadband, new media, producing and music and design/fashion. Industry partners include the Writers Guild of America, Producers Guild of America, Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts, The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and Screen Actors Guild/AFTRA.