Startup Weekend Honolulu – a 54-hour Event Launching Startups in Hawaii @SWHNL


This marks the fifth 3-day weekend event in Honolulu since 2011

Honolulu – Startup Weekend Honolulu (SWHNL) proudly announces our next weekend event to take place at the BoxJelly Coworking Space in Kaka’ako on February 7 – 9, 2014.   SWHNL has been a bi-annual recurring event in Honolulu since 2011. For this event we are excited to announce that our judging panel will include Hawaii born Eric Nakagawa, co-founder of I can has cheezburger and simplehoney, Hawaii residents Steve Markowitz, co-founder of and investor in Volta Industries, and Bernard Uy, co-founder of Wall-to-Wall.

“We are very excited and humbled to partner with Startup Weekend again,” said BoxJelly co-founder Rechung Fujihira. “There’s a lot of momentum building in the startup scene here in Hawaii. From founders taking the risk to follow their dreams and start their own companies to startups getting funded and expanding. This new wave in the startup ecosystem began with the first Startup Weekend Honolulu back in 2011 and just keeps growing.”

Startup Weekend, a global non-profit based out of Seattle, Washington was first introduced to Hawaii in 2011 by then organizer Danielle Scherman. “Startup Weekend Honolulu has been instrumental  in growing Hawaii’s startup community.  In just two years, Startup Weekend Honolulu has already launched more than 60 local startups.” Notable companies founded at Startup Weekend HNL include Tealet, Cardio Panda and Minded. “As a past participant of Startup Weekend that is still building the business I started at the event almost two years ago I can say that this was one of the greatest experiences that spark my new found love for entrepreneurship” said Elyse Peterson, founder of Tealet.

The premise of Startup Weekend is that it’s a 54-hour event designed around one goal, taking a simple idea and bringing it to market. “The idea is to educate and present tools to anyone who has an idea for a business or wanted to experience working with a startup company” said Bryan Butteling Organizer of Startup Weekend HNL. “Most attendees start the event off very shy, which is perfectly fine, but come Sunday everyone has this new found energy and confidence which they either bring back to their workplace or use it and continue on living the entrepreneurial lifestyle.”

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Who:     Startup Weekend Honolulu

When:    February 7th (6pm) to February 9th (9pm)

Where:   307 A Kamani StBoxJelly Coworking

Cost:      $99 (All ages welcome)

Details:   Fee includes participation in the three-day event, meals for each day and   mentor/coaching from local and global entrepreneurs

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About Startup Weekend 

A global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1000 past events in 100 countries around the world starting over 8000 startup companies.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 400 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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Best Regards,

Bryan Butteling
Startup Weekend Hawaii Organizer