Honolulu Startup Digest – April 7, 2014 Edition

 

April 07, 2014

Aloha Everyone!

Things are heating up in Hawaii and we have a lot of good news coming out!

– Blue Startups has selected their third cohort
– There’s a new Maui Group helping to connect entrepreneurs and investors
– Creative Market, a digital content marketplace startup co-founded by       Darius “Bubs” Monsef from the Big Island was acquired by Autodesk.
– WuXi PharmaTech Venture Fund invests in TruTag, a spin out from Skai   Ventures.

Keep working hard everyone and make Hawaii proud!

Also, if there’s anyone working on a technology in the clean tech and energy efficiency space, keep an eye out for the Energy Excelerator Applications that will be open on June 1!

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @SD__HNL

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TUE08

Oahu Online Business Meetup: Coffee and Online Business Chat (Free)

April 8th 6:00pm

Hang out with fellow online entrepreneurs. It’s very casual.  The social mixers don’t have a presentation or agenda.  Share stories, get motivated, and find ways to work with each other.Popular topics include:search engine optimization (SEO)blog monetizatione-mail list buildingWordPresse-commerce

Mocha Java Cafe 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 | View in Calendar

WED09

Founder’s Institute Online Event: Founder Hotseat with Jason Calacanis (Free)

April 9th 3:00pm

Do you have an idea for a startup? Could you use feedback on your ideas from a leading entrepreneur and angel investor? Then join us for the Founder Hotseat Webinar, with a very special guest: Jason Calacanis, Founder/ CEO of Inside.com, Founder of the Launch Festival, Host of This Week in Startups, and top angel investor. During this webinar, viewers can pitch their startup ideas to Jason, either through text or on screen in a video conference, and get feedback. Even if you don’t want to pitch, you are invited to RSVP, log on, and watch how an expert startup advisor evaluates new business ideas.

http://fi.co/contents/hotseat | View in Calendar

THU10

Windward Entrepreneur’s Meetup: Meet, Chat, Learn (Free)

April 10th 5:30pm

From Ken, the Meetup Organizer

“Welcome to our 2nd Thursday of the month meetings.  Pinky’s is a great place to meet and very hospitable.
We have a very informal structure, just come and meet chat and learn!  But there is no reason we can’t think of more structured activities as well.  For instance we can review business plans (no matter how informal), suggest resources, work on next steps, etc.
See you every second Thursday at Pinky’s!
Mahalo,
Ken”

 

Pinky’s Pupu Bar & Grill, 970 N Kalaheo Ave, Kailua, HI 96734 | View in Calendar

FRI11

Hawaii Resiliency Challenge (Free)

April 11th 5:00pm

Chi Epsilon is partnering with Oceanit and HTDV/Office of Naval Research to create “The Hawaii Resiliency Challenge” with a focus on using Design Thinking to facilitate a Clean Water Design Challenge.

University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2500 Campus Rd Honolulu, HI 96822 | View in Calendar

FRI11

Learn2Code: Build a Fully Functional Web Application in one Firehose Weekend ($300)

April 11th 5:15pm

Learn to code and launch your product using the latest technology in one intense Drink-from-the-Firehose Weekend. The event is perfect for non-technical people itching to build their own Minimum Viable Product (MVP), learn to code and finally attract a technical co-founder to their startup idea.

Hawaii Pacific University 1164 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI | View in Calendar

FRI11

Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

April 11th 6:00pm

Weekly Meeting for Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup

Demo time from 6:00 -6:45 PM

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813 | View in Calendar

SAT12

Hawaii Resiliency Challenge (Free)

April 12th 9:00am

Chi Epsilon is partnering with Oceanit and HTDV/Office of Naval Research to create “The Hawaii Resiliency Challenge” with a focus on using Design Thinking to facilitate a Clean Water Design Challenge.

University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2500 Campus Rd Honolulu, HI 96822 | View in Calendar

SAT12

Lemonade Alley Final Event (Free)

April 12th 10:00am

Lemonade Alley, the competition that teaches kids about entrepreneurship and philanthropy, is encouraging local businesses to enter teams of their employees’ kids. It’s a fun way for students to learn about revenues, expenses, profits, marketing, pitches, teamwork, and charity. Teams can be composed of kids any age, but will participate in the grade level/division of the oldest child. Profits go to the charity of the kids’ choice and each division has a $1,000 prize purse.
Application at ttp://bit.ly/1dqRI8s

Pearlridge Shopping Center, 98-1005 Moanalua Rd #231, Aiea, Hawaii 96701 | View in Calendar


Hawaii Information Communication and Technology Association April Event: Establishing Hawaii as a Premier Technology/Security Hub in Asia-Pacific Region ($25 – HICTA Members, $30 – Nonmembers)

April 15th 12:00pm

Pacific Club (1451 Queen Emma Street, Honolulu)

Making the Leap from Employee to Entrepreneur in Honolulu with Jason Ho`opai (Free)

April 16th 6:30pm

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu

Blue Startups Open House (TBA)

April 17th 4:00pm

Blue Startups Office, 55 Merchant St, Floor 17

Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

April 18th 6:00pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Internet Marketers Association Workshop – Three Roads to More Profit for Your Small Business ($17 – Members, $37 – NonMembers)

April 19th 9:00am

Manoa Innovation Center Training Room #173, 2800 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822

Civic*Celerator Demo Day (Free)

April 19th 10:00am

‘Iolani School, Sullivan Center 563 Kamoku Street Honolulu, HI 96826

Oahu Online Business: Drinks and Online Business Talk (Free)

April 22nd 6:00pm

Ryan’s Grill 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Honolulu Startup Pitch Bootcamp with Dave Kozuki (Free)

April 23rd 6:30pm

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu

Founder’s Institute: Startup Pitch Bootcamp (Free)

April 23rd 6:30pm

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu

HVCA Luncheon Relaunch! “State of Venture Capital in Hawaii Today” ($34 Member Pre-reg, $39 Member at Door, $20 Students, $44 Others Pre-reg, $49 Others at Door)

April 24th 11:30am

Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor

Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

April 25th 6:00pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Business Magazine’s Small Business Luncheon 2014

April 30th

TBA

Wetware Wednesday with the third Blue Startups Cohort and Jason Leigh, a visualization expert! (Free)

April 30th 6:00pm

Manoa Gardens, 2500 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822

Founder’s Institute Information Session (Free)

April 30th 6:30pm

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu

Founder’s Institute: Founder Night Out (Free)

April 30th 6:30pm

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu

Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

May 2nd 6:00pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Hawaii Business Magazine’s C-Suite Series: CFO

May 8th

TBA

Speed Networking ($10 for members of EF Hawaii, Social Wahines, or BoxJelly, $20 for Nonmembers)

May 8th 5:30pm

Box Jelly, 307 Kamani St, Honolulu, HI 96813

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