Category: Startups

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...

Panel to Parse ‘Perfect Storm’ of Energy Opportunities

On the surface, Hawaii’s energy sector seems poised for growth. But a Thursday panel discussion will dig deeper, assessing the state’s true prospects in industries that are innovating and growing quickly. This year alone, the state set an ambitious goal to run entirely on renewable energy within 30 years, Henk Rogers made international headlines with...

Blue Startups Hosting First Founders Mixer

As Blue Startups continues to recruit applications for its sixth cohort, the accelerator is hosting its first ever “Founders Mixer” on Tuesday to help potential enrollees build out their teams. Founded in 2012, Blue Startups is among Hawaii’s longest running startup accelerator programs, and was named one of the country’s...

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, Startups Take the Stage

There are two events on Thursday focused on the local startup scene. For lunch, an overview of several Hawaii accelerator programs, followed by a pau hana program featuring pitches by three local startups. “Venture Accelerators in Hawaii” is the theme of the July monthly luncheon of the Hawaii Venture Capital...

Workshop Charts Path After Startup Weekend

Congratulations! You’ve survived, and may have even taken top honors, at Startup Weekend! Now what? The defining constraint of Startup Weekend is the 72-hour sprint between team formation on Friday and final pitches on Sunday. But whether participants have come up with a brilliant idea worth exploring further or built an...

Monday Meetup to Apply Agile to Business

Software developers often debate, choose, and evangelize the tools and strategies they use with religious fervor. And one of the dominant religions among coders and the companies who employ them today is Agile development. (It even has a manifesto!) In short, it means working incrementally, adapting quickly, and collaborating openly...

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...

App Enables Advance Ordering at Isle Restaurants

A locally built app for hungry people in a hurry helps customers order ahead, while also helping businesses find and keep new customers. Dodecki only hit the Apple App Store in March and came out for Android in May, but has already added its 100th restaurant. “It’s really picking up,” says Dodecki cofounder...

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...

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Student-Led Teams Top Startup Weekend [Updated]

The seventh Startup Weekend Honolulu wrapped up yesterday in Kakaako, drawing more than 100 entrepreneurs and would-be founders to a 54-hour mad dash to conceive, build, and pitch a new company. And for the first time, according to organizer Bryan Butteling, the winning team was led by a high school student....

Next Weekend Brings Back Startup Weekend

The first time I’d heard of Startup Weekend was back in 2008, when half a dozen geeks holed up in an apartment near Ala Moana to try and take the “launch a startup in 54 hours” challenge. The first official event landed in 2011, and by last fall, more than...

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

If you’re serious about social media, whether for your business or “personal brand,” you know about Buffer, and you very likely use it. More than 1.2 million people and companies use Buffer to manage over 2 million social media posts each week. (I’ve been using it since early 2011, mostly when I...

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Luncheon to Assess the VC Scene

The President has the State of the Union, the governor has the State of the State, and the local startup scene has the annual “State of the Venture Capital Industry” luncheon, hosted by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association. Last year’s event had marked the re-launch of the HVCA, with new president Meli...

Startup Paradise Demo Day

Local Startup Showcase Returns Friday

Hawaii’s three most prominent startup accelerator programs are again joining forces to showcase the best and latest companies in their respective programs. Friday’s Startup Paradise Demo Day will put company founders on stage, but rather than making pitches to judges, they will be trying to earn “investor dollars” from attendees. The last Startup Paradise...

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LiveSift Gets New Name, New Funding

Local startup LiveSift announced this week that it was changing its name to MeetingSift “to better align the company’s name with its corporate mission and strategy,” as well as that it had raised over $800,000 in seed financing to help the company grow its enterprise offerings. MeetingSift is led by Alex Bergo and...

Hackathon Aims to ‘Reboot the Commute’

Honolulu has some of the nation’s worst traffic, even taking the top spot from Los Angeles in 2011. It’s only one of the myriad urban ills we have on Oahu, but it’s a high-profile one that absolutely affects our ostensibly great “quality of life.” Tomorrow, a hackathon will attempt to focus some of...

Domain Night Flyer by Aisis Chen

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Hello, my name is Ryan, and I’m addicted to domain names. It started innocently enough. I had a silly idea for a startup. Obviously, I had to come up with a clever name, and a clever name that wasn’t already taken. When I found that SillyIdeaforaStartup.com was available, obviously I...

Wetware Wednesday to Celebrate Dev League Grads

This month’s Wetware Wednesday networking mixer for software developers will celebrate Honolulu’s newest certified software developers. The evening’s featured guests will be the latest 22 students (half of them women) of Dev League, a programming bootcamp founded by Russel Cheng and Jason Sewell. The bootcamp offers an intensive, full-time 12-week program...

Q&A: The Hawaii Project by Mark Watkins

Tomorrow brings a Kickstarter campaign to help launch a new startup called “The Hawaii Project,” a book recommendation and news engine for people anywhere who aspire to relax on an island beach with something good to read. The Hawaii Project is the brainchild of Mark Watkins, who reached out to me...