Invite only retreat style pre-event. Incredible networking and learning opportunities in a unique Hawaiian setting.
GLOBAL ENTREPRENEUR WORKSHOPS
Topics: Global Growth Hacking, International Pitching, Cross-Border Sales.
STARTUP PARADISE SHOWCASE
Showcase of alumni companies from the top accelerators in Hawaii.
Small group dinners led by speakers – topics include: Blockchain, Travel Tech, Gaming and Impact Investing.
Global entrepreneurs, East-West investors, and International thought leaders.
Expert panels in Gaming, Travel Tech, Blockchain, and Impact Investing.
EAST MEETS WEST PITCH OPPORTUNITIES
Regional startups can apply for curated opportunities to pitch investors at the event.
STARTUP PARADISE CRAWL
Visit the major venture accelerators, incubators and co-working spaces in Honolulu
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
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.
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
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
Growing the innovation economy is critical to Hawaii as it is an economic sector that provides a clear pathway to generate highly skilled, well-compensated jobs to employ Hawaii’s STEM-educated graduates.
The Hawaii innovation sector needs equity capital to grow and achieve critical mass. HSDC implemented the HI Growth Initiative to attract private investment to Hawaii’s innovation economy.
The HI Growth Initiative, in just four years, has shown Hawaii is a viable place build competitive startups. A recent study by the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research Organization found 65 companies have been funded as a result of the HI Growth Initiative. The average capital investment from the HI Growth Initiative is $160,000 per company, representing a cumulative investment at the end of 2015 of $10.5 million. Companies on average have gone on to attract an additional $2 million in private funding for a total of $136 million: over 12X leverage on the state’s investment.