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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is 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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 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.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Schedule

Friday

Sep 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Sep 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Sep 30
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • After-party, Gordon Biersch @ Aloha Tower
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Gold Sponsors
Judges

Robbie Hardy

A New Englander by birth, a southerner most of my life, and now a haole by choice, an entrepreneurologist by genetic coding and design, Robbie Hardy is a woman who won’t take NO for an answer.

Robbie’s company, Silk Road Partners, is a “Mentor Capital” firm, providing guidance to developing entrepreneurial interests as well as exit strategy counsel and to mature, successful ventures.

Robbie understands entrepreneurs and knows how to guide them through the maze, pitfalls, highs and lows of the entrepreneurial journey. She gets it because she’s been there.

Her business experiences range from corporate strategies for Fortune 500 companies to founding, building, running and successfully exiting various technology businesses. She also went to the “dark side” as an investor and raised angel funds. She has sat on all sides of the entrepreneurial desk.
Living her motto, “there’s got to be a better way,” she’s always tinkering and can be found doing anything from opening and running antique shops to founding and selling high tech enterprises.

Early in her professional life, Robbie often found herself the youngest at the table, and always the only woman. Some XX years later, she’s come to terms with no longer being the youngest, and is thrilled to discover at least as many women as men in the room.

Donavan Kealoha

Donavan is an entrepreneur and an associate with Startup Capital Ventures, a Palo Alto-based venture capital firm. While in graduate school, Donavan co-founded Adama Materials, a venture capital backed materials science company, and served as its director of finance and administration. More recently, Donavan co-founded Asio Corp., a software development and consulting company. The company’s first product, a personal finance management tool called Spendsafe.ly which is currently in private beta, is focused on helping working families to improve financial capability. Donavan holds a J.D./MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Greg Gaug

Greg Gaug is a senior investment associate with Ulupono Initiative, an impact investment firm focused on increasing renewable energy, increasing local food production and reducing waste in Hawaii. Previously Greg served as Head of Strategy and Financial Planning at StubHub, the leading online ticket marketplace that was acquired by eBay in 2007. Prior to StubHub, Greg advised high growth technology companies through mergers and acquisitions, and corporate finance transactions as a member of SG Cowen’s technology investment banking team based in San Francisco.

In addition to his role at Ulupono, Greg is always interested in working with new start-ups. Most notably, he consulted for and invested in Jetpac, an iPad travel app. Greg also serves as a coach for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, an international business plan competition to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs, helping Source4Style become the 2011 North America Laureates.

Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Vanderbilt University and holds an MBA from INSEAD, where he studied in Singapore.

Ken Brady

Ken Brady is a sought-after international speaker and futurist, as well as an award-winning science fiction writer, playwright, and filmmaker. He consults across a wide range of marketing projects, informing strategy and story development.

Ken helped build the Emerging Platforms department for advertising powerhouse Wieden + Kennedy, leading digital strategy on brands such as Chrysler, Dodge, Levi's, and Velveeta, in addition to work with Electronic Arts, Laika Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, Jeep, FIAT, MOPAR, Nike, Coke, and Old Spice. Notable campaigns include the Eminem collaboration "Imported from Detroit" for Chrysler, "Go Forth" for Levi's, and "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" for Old Spice.

Ken co-founded and acted as CEO of Genkii, a developer and consultancy for mobile and 3D virtual environments in Tokyo. Genkii worked with entities such as Dentsu, Elle, Linden Lab, 3Di, ngi, Japanese Space Administration, and Princeton University. Notable products include the popular "Sparkle IM" iPhone app for Second Life, and "One Coin Comics," an interactive comic and manga platform.

Ken was Director of International Strategies for Centric / Agency of Change, a Los Angeles advertising agency focused on the tech and entertainment sectors. He established offices in Tokyo and Shanghai, working with brands including MGM, Warner Bros., Lexus, Acura, Toyota, Memorex, ING, Hewlett-Packard, Epson, Canon, University of Oregon, and Veeco.

Ken was Director of Development for producer/director Randal Kleiser at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, where he helped find and develop feature film and interactive projects for theatrical and internet distribution.

Ken holds an undergraduate degree in East Asian Politics from the University of Oregon, and an International MBA from Portland State University. His fiction has been published in more than 20 countries, in 10 languages.

Robert Robinson

Robert Robinson co-founded Kolohala Ventures in 2006, and is founder of Hawaii's angel investor network, the Hawaii Angels. He is co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies (2000), and is a charter member of the Angel Capital Association. Dr. Robinson grew up in South Africa, and earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1991. He spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, and in 2002 was recruited to the University of Hawaii as Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Executive Director of the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship. He serves on the board of the Hawaii Venture Capital Association, and the boards of a number of Hawaii-based startup companies that his funds have invested in.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Daniel Leuck

CEO of Ikayzo, Cofounder of Contix (an Ikayzo Group Company)   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Dan Leuck is the CEO of Ikayzo, a Honolulu and Tokyo-based interactive design and software development firm with customers including Sony, Bank of America, Nomura and Oracle. He is also the cofounder of Contix, an Ikayzo spin-off startup that provides social media sentiment analysis for finance. Daniel previously served as Senior Vice President of Research and Development for Tokyo-based ValueCommerce, Asia's largest online marketing company, Global Head of Development for London-based LastMinute.com, Europe's largest B2C website, and President of the US division of DML. He has extensive experience managing teams of 200+ developers in five countries. Daniel has served on numerous advisory boards and panels for companies such as Macromedia and Sun Microsystems. He is active in the Java community, is a contributor to BeanShell, the project lead for SDL, and sits on numerous Java Community Process expert groups. Daniel is the coauthor of the upcoming Learning Java book by O'Reilly.

Kevin Hughes

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Kevin Hughes is an internationally-recognized pioneer in Web design and software. One of only six members of the World Wide Web Hall of Fame, Hughes developed Hawaii's first Web site and developed "image map", enabling interactive images within browsers. He's survived six acquisitions and his most recent startup is Honolulu-based Sprout, which was acquired by InMobi in 2011 (http://bit.ly/rhqXxF). He continues to work in Hawaii as InMobi's Chief Designer.

Chenoa Farnsworth

Managing Director, Hawaii Angels

Chenoa Farnsworth has more than 15 years experience in business strategy and private equity investing. Farnsworth is the managing director of the Hawaii Angels, Hawai‘i’s only angel capital investment network. In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawaii-based venture capital firm that has invested $50 million into Hawai‘i-based technology start-ups. Farnsworth currently co-manages the state funded Hydrogen Renewable Energy Fund. Through her independent consulting company, Farnsworth Consulting, she provides strategy development and business planning consultation for start-up companies and high-growth businesses. Prior to forming her consulting practice, she held various positions in health policy and legislative affairs in both Hawaii and Washington D.C.. Farnsworth has also served the Hawai‘i community Chair of the Women’s Fund of Hawaii, director of the Hawaii Women’s Business Center and judge for the University of Hawai‘i business plan competition. Farnsworth earned a BA in political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and an executive MBA from the University of Hawaii.

Mike Prassad

Having been called a social media expert, guru, thought leader and more tech entrepreneur Mike Prasad has continuously innovated in the application of social platforms, digital media, technology, branding and marketing to drive core business growth in multiple markets. He has worked with major brands and Fortune 500 companies, including Microsoft, Amadeus, Wynn Hotels, Burger King, Nickelodeon, EA and others. Early on, Mike became one of the youngest CTO’s of a publicly traded company and was called a “twentysomething social networking and branding wunderkind” by Los Angeles Times.

Mike has pioneered landmark work in social media marketing with Kogi BBQ, Twitter, Facebook & Foursquare. Case studies of which are now part of every digital marketing and social media college course, have been referenced in at least 2 TED Talks & covered by every major newspaper and related publication worldwide. His application of social media to restaurants and small businesses have largely set the standard for todays models and use. Mike also pioneered early location-based mobile marketing with FourSquare & Fatburger, becoming the first successful campaign of its kind. Mike's work has driven critical disruptive progress in at least 2 industries and was credited as a key factor in Twitter gaining mainstream adoption. As such Mike is a frequent speaker on digital media and niche and cultural audiences around the world.

As a serial entrepreneur, Mike has founded numerous tech companies and raised nearly $3 million in capital. He played a critical role in helping develop the Los Angeles technology ecosystem and has also advised and/or worked with a number of tech startups, including Y Combinator, TechStars and 500 Startup backed companies. He has helped many startups successfully pivot to growth and also win awards, including a TechCrunch Crunchie. Mike is also an advisor to the SF-based accelerator YetiZen. Currently, Mike is working on Kinetiq Labs, a hybrid incubator in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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