East Meets West 2021

East Meets West is Hawaii's startup event of the year – bringing together thought leaders and innovators from Hawai’i, Asia, and North America. EMW’21 features amazing international speakers, hot topic breakout sessions, pitch opportunities, and ample networking.

February 24 - 26 in Virtual Format

 

EMW'21
EMW’21 features amazing international speakers, hot topic breakout sessions, pitch opportunities, and ample networking in a tropical Startup Paradise!

For More Video Coverage of the Event see HERE.

Mahalo! $10K Raised for Hawaii Food Bank

MAHALO to all 400 registrants that helped us pull off our very first (and hopefully last) virtual East Meets West 2021. Because of you, we were able to raise $10,600 for the Hawaii Food Bank.

EMW ’21 gave us so many gems from all of our moderators, opening panels, closing fireside chats, and guest VCs.

We can’t wait to see you next year!

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Mahalo to our EMW '21 Sponsors!
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On behalf of our family of companies at ALTRES, we are honored to be a continued sponsor of the East Meets West Conference. Our commitment is helping to make business simple for Hawaii’s businesses and that including the many new entrepreneurial efforts in our start-up community. If you are looking for guidance in navigating the uncharted waters of launching your business and establishing strong HR, Payroll and Administration foundation, we encourage you to apply for our simplicityHR Service Grant, or give us a call, 808-591-4900. Apply HERE

EMW 2021 Panelists
Siana Hunt
Director, Corporate Philanthropy, ALTRES
Scott Mercer
Chief Executive Officer, Volta Industries
Ashwani Jain
Head of Growth and Operations, International, Airmeet
Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā
Director, Hawaii Tourism Authority
Jessica Blotter
CEO & Co-Founder, Kind Traveler
Sam Liang
CEO, Otter.ai
Nicole Lim
Director, Movers and Shakas
Stefan Opsal
Co-founder & COO, RendezView
Liza Rodewald
Founder & CEO, Instant Teams
Greg Gaug
Vice President of Investments, Ulupono Initiative
Casey Lau
Co-Host of RISE
Chenoa Farnsworth
Managing Partner, Blue Startups
Chris Hemmeter
Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
Dawn Lippert
CEO, Elemental Excelerator
Maya Rogers
CEO, Tetris & Partner, Blue Startups
Henk Rogers
President & CEO, Blue Planet Energy

Featured Speakers
We are bringing the finest industry experts to speak
Nina Labatt
COO, General Partner, Trinity Ventures
Maximilian Von Poelnitz
Entrepreneur | Food Tech Investor
Mark Kraynak
Founding Partner, Acrew Capital
Leah Edwards
Partner, Pegasus Tech Ventures
Kent Madsen
Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Epic Venture Funds
Josh Stein
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Threshold VC
Elton Satusky
Partner, Wilson Sonsini
Andy Betz
Principal, Stafford Capital Partners
Amit Mehta
General Partner, Builders VC
Sherrie Totoki
Director of Accelerator Operations, Elemental Excelerator
Ryan Wang
Founding Partner, Outpost VC
Nneka Uzoh
Director of Innovation, Energy, Elemental Excelerator
Kim Baker
Director of Innovation, Water, Elemental Excelerator
Gene Soo
Head of Ecosystem at MTR
David Lee
Investor, Entrepreneur, Early ex-Googler
Danya Hakeem
Director of Innovation, Elemental Excelerator
Ben Wong
Assistant General Manager, Eureka Nova
Phuong Jean Pham
VP of External Affairs, VietChallenge
Jonathan Bailie Strong
Podcast Consultant & Strategist, Spotlight Podcasting
Laís de Oliveira
Program Director, On Deck
Chris Baker
Founder, Totem
Harold Li
Vice President, ExpressVPN
Brendan Yell
Director, Twilio Startups
Lalitha Wemel
Regional Director APAC, Community, Techstars
Todd Embley
Senior Startup Advocate, Agora.io
Peter Wilkins
Engineer/VR Fan
Brett Brewer
Co-Founder & Managing Director, CrossCut Ventures
Takaho Iwasaki
Owner, MajiConnection
Bernard Moon
Co-founder & Partner at SparkLabs Group
Christopher Kelley
Vice President, J.P. Morgan
Aubrie Pagano
General Partner, Alpaca VC
Amanda Ellis
ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
Terry Hsiao
Adjunct Professor, Marymount University
Kyle Corbitt
Director, YC Startup School
Lu Zhang
Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund
Clint Chao
General Partner, Moment Ventures
Donavan Kealoha
Director, Startup Capital Ventures
Pat Riley
CEO, Global Accelerator Network
Rebecca Lynn
Co-Founder & General Partner, Canvas Ventures
Elisa Chiu
Founder & CEO, Anchor Taiwan
Jeffrey Paine
Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
Holly Liu
Founder, Kabam
Patrick Lee
Co-Founder, Rotten Tomatoes
Tony Blank
Director of Startup Programs, Agora
Amy Brinker
Sustainability Manager, Kamehameha Schools
Keoni Lee
CEO, Hawaii Investment Ready
Chris Hemmeter
Managing Director, Thayer Ventures
Carman Chan
Founder & Managing Partner, Click Ventures
Edith Yeung
General Partner, Race Capital
Meli James
Co-Founder, Mana Up; President, HVCA

Venture Capital Funds Participating
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East Meets West 2021 Event Schedule
NOTE: All listed times are in Hawaii Standard Time (HST)
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Day 1 (2/24)

2:00PM – 2:15PM – Networking

2:15PM – 2:45PM — Opening Session: “Coming Back Stronger”

  • Topic: Remote Work’s Impact on Economy and Society
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: Chenoa Farnsworth (Blue Startups)
  • Participants:
    • Michele Kauinui (ALTRES)
    • Liza Rodewald (Instant Teams)
    • Nicole Lim (Movers and Shakas)

2:45PM – 3:35PM — Roundtables/Sponsors/Pitch a VC

3:35PM – 4:00PM — Closing Session: “No Borders, No Barriers”

  • Topic: Climate Change & Social Equality
  • Format: Fireside Chat
  • Participants:
    • Henk Rogers, (Blue Planet Software, Blue Planet Foundation)
    • Dawn Lippert (Elemental Excelerator)

4:00PM – 5:00PM — Open Networking

5:00PM – 6:00PM — Pau Hana

Day 2 (2/25)

2:00PM – 2:15PM – Networking

2:15PM – 2:45PM — Opening Session: “Coming Back Stronger”

  • Topic: Technology Connecting the Future
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: Casey Lau (RISE)
  • Participants:
    • Stefan Opsal (RendezView)
    • Ashwani Jain (Airmeet)
    • Sam Liang (Otter.ai)

2:45PM – 3:35PM — Roundtables/Sponsors/Pitch a VC

3:35PM – 4:00PM — Closing Session: “No Borders, No Barriers”

  • Topic: Volta Industries Exit, SPACS and IPOs in 2021
  • Format: Fireside Chat
  • Participants:
    • Chenoa Farnsworth (Blue Startups)
    • Greg Gaug (Ulupono Initiative)

4:00PM – 5:00PM — Open Networking

5:00PM – 6:00PM — Pau Hana

Day 3 (2/26)

2:00PM – 2:15PM – Networking

2:15PM – 2:45PM — Opening Session: “Coming Back Stronger”

  • Topic: Bringing Tourism Back Responsibly
  • Format: Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: Maya Rogers-Kiyomura (Tetris, Blue Planet Software)
  • Participants:
    • Kalani L. Ka‘anā‘anā (Hawaii Tourism Authority)
    • Chris Hemmeter (Thayer Ventures)
    • Jessica Blotter (Kind Traveler)

2:45PM – 3:35PM — Roundtables/Sponsors/Pitch a VC

3:35PM – 4:00PM — Closing Session: “No Borders, No Barriers”

  • Topic: Best of the Pitch – 3 Pitches Nominated by Participating VCs
  • Moderators:
    • Casey Lau (RISE)
    • Chenoa Farnsworth (Blue Startups)

4:00PM – 5:00PM — Open Networking

5:00PM – 6:00PM — Pau Hana

Catch all of our Opening Sessions, Fireside Chats, and Best of the Pitch on our Youtube Channel!
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ROUNDTABLE TOPICS

  • Finding A Co-Founder (Kyle Corbitt, YC Startup School)
  • Prepping Your Seed Raise (Aubrie Pagano, Corigin Ventures)
  • Hawaii As A Remote Work Paradise? (Clint Chao, Moment Ventures)
  • Pandemic Opportunities (Carman Chan, Click Ventures)
  • The Future of Seed Funds in the Era of Mega Rounds (Stephen Forte, Fresco Capital)
  • 2021 Investment Trends (Edith Yeung, Race Capital)
  • Raising Money: Series A and Series Seed Factors (Chris Hemmeter, Thayer Ventures)
  • Emerging Market Investing (Jeffrey Paine, Golden Gate Ventures)
  • Strategies for the Japanese Market (Takaho Iwasaki, MajiConnection)
  • Smart Batteries for Micromobility (Terry Hsiao)
  • Scaling Your Sustainability Story (Amy Brinker, Kamehameha Schools)
  • Creating Your Narrative (Meli James, Mana Up)
  • Digitization in Healthcare (Lu Zhang, Fusion Fund)
  • Transmedia, Digital Lifestyle, and the Metaverse (Ryan Wang, Outpost VC)
  • Launching a Startup in Asia (Gene Soo, StartupsHK)
  • Startup Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area (Ben Wong, Eureka Nova)
  • Agriculture is the Answer (Danya Hakeem)
  • Innovations and Investments in H2O: Why Water? Why Now? (Kim Baker)
  • Exposed: How COVID is Accelerating the Equitable Development of Smart Cities (Nneka Uzoh)
  • …Plus more to be announced!

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 technology development and an extensive network in Asia, Blue Startups is a nexus of entrepreneurial activity in Hawai‘i, and between Asia and North America.  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 Technology Development Corporation, and private investors.

www.bluestartups.com

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