Tagged: accelerators

Civil Geeks: XLR8UH Accelerates University Entrepreneurs

My latest “Civil Geeks” column for Civil Beat provides an update on the XLR8UH accelerator program, a partnership between the University of Hawaii and local early-stage startup investment firm Sultan Ventures. Now 18 months in, and on the verge of announcing the members of its fourth cohort for Summer 2016, XLR8UH Managing...

New Accelerator to Focus on Hardware Startups

Given the exponential growth we’ve seen in mobile app development, it makes sense that most people associate venture accelerator programs with software startups. But plenty of new ideas require hardware — whether it’s the smartphone needed to run those trendy apps, or the glorious future analysts see in the “internet of things.”...

Geek Beat: Grumbling, Replying, Traveling Apps

Want to complain? Send repetitive messages faster? Expand your travel plans? There are apps for that being built right here in Honolulu. This morning’s “Geek Beat” segment on the Sunrise morning news show on Hawaii News Now featured three apps being nurtured into businesses at Blue Startups. They are members...

Mark Takai | XLR8UH SBA Award

SBA Lauds Three Local Accelerator Programs

Three Hawaii accelerator programs were among 80 such programs across the country recognized by the Small Business Administration for supporting entrepreneurs in their efforts to build successful companies and growing their local business community. XLR8UH, the Maui Food Innovation Center at Maui College, and the GVS Transmedia Accelerator on the Big Island each...

Energy Excelerator Assesses Its Success

The Energy Excelerator, born out of a pivot from a grant-based operation to a dual-track accelerator program, released its first impact report today, illustrating its evolution and reporting on how well it’s doing with its more than $30 million in federal, state, and private funding. “It reveals what we’ve been working on for the past three...

Blue Startups Announces Sixth Cohort

Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first and longest-running technology venture accelerator, is hosting an Open House event at its downtown Honolulu headquarters tomorrow to introduce the members of its latest and largest cohort of early stage startups… including one I co-founded. There are ten companies in this sixth accelerator round, five of them...

Accelerator Names Next Set of Storytelling Startups

You might not think of a YouTube star as being a startup, but for the Big Island-based GVS Accelerator, an online musical comedy series is a promising investment. The GVS Accelerator hit the road earlier this summer in search of its second cohort of companies. But rather than looking for the next hot...

GE Ventures Joins Energy Excelerator as Sponsor

The Energy Excelerator announced this morning that it has secured a new corporate sponsor: GE Ventures, the investment arm of General Electric, a leading global player in the energy industry. The Energy Excelerator is a dual-track accelerator program focused on startups that want to “solve the world’s energy challenges, starting in...

Hawaii Transmedia Accelerator Seeks Storytellers

On Sunday, I described the GVS Accelerator as one of Hawaii’s lesser known accelerators. Or at least lesser known on O’ahu, as it is based on Hawaii Island. A event tomorrow night in downtown Honolulu hopes to change that. GVS founder and accomplished Hollywood director David Cunningham is hosting a pau...

Local Accelerators Courting More Entrepreneurs

If you’ve got a great idea for a hot new startup but say that you haven’t been able to find the right people to pitch, then you’re just not paying attention. Two of Hawaii’s leading startup accelerator programs are again putting out the call for entrepreneurs who might consider applying for...

Accelerator Seeks Next Batch of Entrepreneurs

Hawaii’s first venture accelerator is looking for its sixth cohort of startup companies. My, how time flies. Blue Startups is hosting an information session at its downtown office on Wednesday, and offering free pizza and beer for anyone actively working on a startup, looking to recruit local talent, or just...

Startup Shuffle: Accelerator, Venture Team Additions

It’s been a busy month for Hawaii’s startup community. For starters, two Honolulu-based startup accelerators announced the latest companies to enroll in their programs this month, an encouraging sign of growth for Hawaii’s tech industry. The XLR8UH program, focused on technologies and companies coming out of the University of Hawaii,...

Mbloom Funds Mbloom Founders’ Startups [UPDATED]

Mbloom Funds Mbloom Founders’ Startups [UPDATED]

The Maui-based technology fund mbloom, cofounded by local entrepreneur Arben Kryeziu and California-based Nick Bicanic, today announced its first two investments: $350,000 each in Flikdate, a real-time video dating service, and Ozolio, a live HD webcam hosting service. The mbloom team definitely knows the companies they’re investing in well: Bicanic is the founder and CEO...