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’16 features amazing international speakers, deep-dive learning opportunities, and ample networking in a tropical Startup Paradise.




Come Back Next Year for EMW 2017!


waveEMW 2017 will be the third annual EMW event, and will be on January 19 and 20 of 2017.  EMW is a cross-cultural event targeting Asian, U.S., and Hawaii participants. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Blue Startups has MCAP logopartnered with Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific to present 30 of the hottest new mobile startups and early-stage ventures from 10 countries in tState Seal of Hawaiihe Asia Pacific region. The regional finals at East Meets West will feature the top three ventures from semifinal rounds in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, and Hawaii. Three winners from East Meets West will go on to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. MCAP 2015-2016 is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation and the State of Hawaii. read more… 







 by Steve Petranik |January, 2016

Innovators and investors from around the world are gathering in Honolulu this January for the second annual East Meets West Conference.

“Local entrepreneurs will be able to learn from technology companies that have conquered global markets,” says Chenoa Farnsworth, managing director of Blue Startups, organizers of the conference. “They will discuss how to enter new markets, attract foreign investment and stay competitive in an increasingly interconnected global marketplace ” read more…

2016 Speakers

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Conference Package


Hawaii Resident Package


Exhibitor Package

  • Exhibitor table and display. Includes two-day full conference pass for 1 attendee.

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Companies can register to exhibit at EMW. Exhibit space includes 1 conference pass for the entire event in addition to the table space in our exhibit hall. Keep this in mind for EMW 17!

2016 Platinum Sponsors

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  • HSDC logo

2016 Gold Sponsors

2016 Silver Sponsors

2016 Bronze Sponsors

2016 Community Sponsors

2016 Promotional Sponsors

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 AhmadPalo 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 ReitelLightning Labs, New Zealand


hilton-rm Set on a 22-acre tropical resort on Waikiki Beach, this lively high-rise hotel is a 13-minute walk from Hawaii Convention Center and 2.7 miles from downtown Honolulu. Click here for more details



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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aqua-rm An 8-minute walk from Kahanamoku Beach, this relaxed hotel is also an 11-minute walk from upscale shopping at the Ala Moana Center.  Click here for more details

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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