@BlueStartups Announces Second Cohort


(HONOLULU, HAWAII—September 10, 2013)—Blue Startups, a technology accelerator with an Asia-Pacific focus, selected its second cohort of startup companies. The Hawaii-based accelerator was founded by Henk Rogers of Blue Planet Software (sole agent of Tetris®).

“The application process continues to get more and more competitive,” said Rogers. “The caliber of companies selected for the Fall program is impressive and I look forward to working with each team.”

Blue Startups targets capital-efficient and scalable-technology companies with global ambition to participate in its 13-week intensive mentorship and investment program. The program is highly competitive and accepted only seven of more than 200 applicants for the Fall 2013 class. The second cohort begins in Honolulu on September 9.

Blue Startups introduced a new program to this cohort called “Henk’s Wild Card”. In addition to Blue Startups’ accelerator program, entrepreneurs were in the running for a wild card spot. Rogers provides the business idea and the selected team will execute the business plan. Winners of the wild card team include Mario Quezada, Luke Tucker, Allan Solidum and Tarik Sultan. The team is comprised of experienced designers, programmers and business experts. Funding and support will be provided by Blue Startups.

“We are inclined to build Hawaii’s technology platform in order to further its reputation as a startup paradise,” says Chenoa Farnsworth managing director of Blue Startups.

Blue Startups is a member of the Global Accelerator Network and follows the Techstars mentor-driven accelerator model reaching networks in Hawaii, Japan and the Silicon Valley. Blue Startups has developed partnerships with global players in the industry such as 500 Startups, a seed fund and venture accelerator with Silicon Valley roots and a global footprint as well as Wilson Sonsini, venture law specialists in Silicon Valley.

Blue Startups’ Fall 2013 cohort:
Gibi is a solution to quickly, reliably and accurately assist to find lost pets using mobile-to-mobile (M2M) technology and smartphone apps. For more information, visit www.gibtechnologies.com.

Happy Hour Pal is an app and website that promotes happy hours operating in Hawaii. The company is expanding to Oregon, New York and other cities. For more information, visit: www.happyhourpal.com.

See/Rescue is an e-commerce business to sell military-approved and adopted See/Rescue Streamer lifesaving technology to a broad consumer audience. For more information, visit: http://seerescuestreamer.com.

Worker’s On Call is an app that assists employers in need of online projects completed immediately. The app connects employers with workers who are available to work instantly, globally. For more information, visit: www.workersoncall.com.

XMAP is a treasure hunt application. Players look for a physical card hidden in real life locations (such as a public park) in order to win real money. The participant solves a series of puzzles to pinpoint the prize location. For more information, visit: thexmap.com.

SIFTools provides interactive tools, such as real time polling and analysis, that harness the collective intelligence of co-located or distributed groups of people such as conference goers and virtual organizations. For more information, visit: www.siftools.com


Blue Startups is a technology accelerator founded by Henk Rogers, founder of Blue Planet Software (sole agent of Tetris®). Blue Startups concentrates on helping scalable-technology companies including Internet, software, mobile, gaming and e-commerce compete on a global scale. A member of the Global Accelerator Network, Blue Startups follows the Techstars mentor-driven accelerator model, reaching networks in Hawaii, Japan and the Silicon Valley. Blue Startups aims to become a nexus of entrepreneurial activity in Hawaii, and between Asia and Continental U.S. For more information, visit: www.bluestartups.com.