Honolulu Startup Digest – April 21, 2014 Edition

April 21, 2014


Spring is upon us, as the flowers bloom so does our ecosystem. It’s starting to heating up as events start to populate the calendar. Check out a few of our top upcoming pics. Don’t forget to check the calendar for other great upcoming events.

State of Venture Capital in Hawaii Today. April 24th. Meli James and Chenoa Farnsworth of Blue Startups have joined the board of HVCA and Meli James has taken on the role of President. With new leadership, HVCA will revitalize its monthly speaker series to provide a venue to connect the entrepreneurial, business and investor communities of Hawaii.http://hvca.org/
Pupus & Pitches: Angel Edition. May 1st. Entrepreneurs from the 3rd cohort of Blue Startups will give 3-minute pitches, answer questions from the panel of angels, and receive feedback on their pitches. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pupus-pitches-angel-edition-tickets-11192668573

Demo Day Hawaii. Nalukai Foundation along with several other organizations are holding a Demo Day event on Hawaii Island. Saturday May 10th at 1:00pm at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo.
Learn more about it at: http://hitx.co/demoday/.


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

April 22nd 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 monetization• e-mail list building• WordPress• e-commerce

Ryan’s Grill 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814 | View in Calendar


Oahu Online Business Seminar: Optimizing Your Website ($20)

April 22nd 6:00pm

Attention Business Owners and Entrepreneurs:
Which Of These Issues Do You Care About For Your Business?
• Security From Hackers
• Website Speed (Loads Quickly)
• Rock Solid Backups (in case something goes wrong)
• Effective Lead Generation
• What You’re Wasting Your Time Doing In Your Business

University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2525 Correa Road HIG 311, Honolulu, HI 96822 | View in Calendar


Founder’s Institute: Startup Pitch Bootcamp (Free)

April 23rd 6:30pm

If you have a strong idea that could be pitched more clearly, then join us for the Startup Pitch Bootcamp. In just three hours, this intensive workshop will help you improve your pitching skills and understand the components of a great pitch, providing plenty of practice until you get it right. Pitching is a key skill of every successful entrepreneur. How do you communicate your business clearly to employees, customers, and investors? What are some common pitching mistakes that make you look inexperienced? What is the best way to pitch your business?

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu | View in Calendar


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

Meet HVCA’s new President and learn what is in store for HVCA going forward.

Arben Kryeziu – mBloom
Tim Dick – Startup Capital Ventures
Omar Sultan – Upside Fund
Karl Fooks – HSDC

Please RSVP at http://hvca.org/?p=701 If you have questions email Meli atmeli@bluestartups.com or call 650-814-7727.Notice our new pricing policy:
Parking is available at the Pioneer Plaza building for the special rate of $6 for two hours and at Harbor Court, but we do not validate. The special rate is only for two hours, then regular rates apply.

Plaza Club, 900 Fort Street Mall, 20th Floor | View in Calendar


Hawaii Virtual Reality Meetup: Weekly Meetup (Free)

April 25th 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

Hawaii Business Magazine’s Small Business Luncheon 2014

April 30th


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: Founder Night Out (Free)

April 30th 9:00pm

ZenWorx, 685 Auahi St, Honolulu

Pupus & Pitches: Angel Edition ($37.74 – General Admission, $20 – Student, Free- EF Hawaii Members)

May 1st 6:00pm

Waikiki Yacht Club Dining Room 1599 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96814

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


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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