Get Ready For EMW 2017!
Pitch & Pedal: Opportunity to pitch VC on the water,
“Board Meetings” on surfboards,
Chaise lounge office hours with speakers
GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURS BOOTCAMP
Topics: Building for Loyalty, Growth Hacking, Future of Work.
STARTUP PARADISE DEMO DAY
Showcase of alumni companies from the top accelerators in Hawaii.
Small group dinners led by speakers – Investor, Hustler, and Hacker themed dinners.
Angelist CTO, Global VC Panel, Fireside Chat with 500 Startups, and Hot Topic Roundtable discussions.
REGIONAL INVESTMENT TRENDS
VC/Entrepreneur panels in eSports, Virtual Reality, and Artificial Intelligence.
EAST MEETS WEST PITCH-OFF
Pitch competition winners from around the region battle for startup glory.
STARTUP PARADISE CRAWL
Visit all 4 venture accelerators – Energy Excelerator, XLR8UH, Blue Startups, and GVS Multimedia.
At this year’s East Meets West 2017 we are inviting startups who have won a pitch competition in their country to compete in Hawaii in front of major investors from around the world including Christine Tsai of 500 Startups, Eric Kim of Goodwater Capital , Antonny Liem of GDP Venture, Stefan Jung of Venturra Capital, Teruhide Sato of BEENEXT, Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Software and more to be announced.
This includes startups from anywhere in the world, in any vertical and any round of funding that have won a public startup pitch battle in the past 24 months.
The qualifying startups will be alerted mid-December and will follow a standard pitch format (3-minute pitch/2-minute Q&A) with the winner of the competition taking home a prize package of benefits from our partners equaling US$50,000 and a spot in the next Blue Startups cohort (up to US$100,000 investment) or consultation with the Blue Startups mentor network.
This is a great chance to get your startups in front of international investor panel while networking with them over 2-days at East Meets West in Honolulu.
Applications will close December 5, 2017.
East Meets West is the startup event of the year in Hawaii – bringing together investors and entrepreneurs from Asia, Hawai`i and North America. EMW’17 features amazing international speakers, deep-dive learning opportunities, and ample networking in a tropical Startup Paradise. EMW 2016 from Blue Startups on Vimeo.
East Meets West 2016
“What an awesome conference! The organization, the speakers, the setting, and the entire experience. Everyone I spoke with found it to be very useful and were thrilled to be part of it.” Faruq Ahmad – Palo Alto Advisors, Silicon Valley
“What a great event, so many connections made and super useful for me as I didn’t know nearly as much about Asian various startup ecosystems before.” Laura Reitel – Lightning Labs, New Zealand
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We are conveniently located in the heart of Waikiki, on the island of Oahu, offering something for everyone looking for the perfect Hawaiian Vacation.
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About Blue Startups: Blue Startups is a Top 20 Accelerator in the US (Techcrunch) focused on helping scalable technology companies compete on a global scale. With deep domain expertise in international travel technology and an extensive network in Asia, Blue Startups is fast becoming a nexus of entrepreneurial activity in Hawai‘i, and between Asia and Continental U.S. Blue Startups was founded by Henk Rogers, founder of the Tetris Company and Chenoa Farnsworth of Hawaii Angels in 2012 and has been a full member of the Global Accelerator Network since 2013. Blue Startups is funded by the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, and private investors. www.bluestartups.com