Purple Maiʻa


Programs that empower underestimated entrepreneurs to create waiwai in our communities and better futures for the next generation.

Mālama Venture Studio partners with values-driven entrepreneurs to incubate innovative companies that restore our oceans, land, and communities. 

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Purple Prize

(Discontinued) The Purple Prize accelerated and funded excellent teams with ideas for innovative technology products to launch startups that amplify community and regenerate our ecosystems. Learn more at purpleprize.com

Mālama Design Studio

Applications Open

Mode: Virtual

Applications Due: February 1, 2023

Dates: March 1 – December 21, 2023

What: Mālama Design Studio is a 9-month accelerator that will guide Kānaka Maoli owned companies through design-thinking processes rooted in Hawaiian culture. Our team will help to implement both practical & innovative solutions while maintaining cultural values.

Mālama Team

Keoni DeFranco

Keoni DeFranco

Managing Director, Mālama
Alec Wagner

Alec Wagner

Strategic Projects Lead
Darien Siguenza

Darien Siguenza

Program Director, Hawaiʻi FoundHer

Keaʻa Davis

Lead Design and Product Strategist

Pōhaikealoha Panoke

Creative Developer

For inquiries, contact Keoni DeFranco at keoni.defranco@purplemaia.org