Startup Weekend Maui 2017

    Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Maui 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

MEDB's Malcolm Center
1305 North Holopono Street
Suite 5
Kihei, HI 96753

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Learn, Network, Startup in 54 Hours!

Startup Weekend Maui returns on May 19-21, 2017! Hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board (MEDB), this empowering event will provide active entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours. The event will be held at MEDB's Malcolm Center at 1305 North Holopono Street, Suite 5 in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

In just one weekend, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at their disposal, they’ll take giant leaps in learning skills to create a business, work on a startup team, and connect with the right people and resources. Ultimately, it will be an unforgettable weekend that will put them on the pathway to success.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: On Friday, 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. Coaches and mentors, successful in various areas of business, are available to provide feedback and to guide the teams through the process. (scroll down to see who will be there)

The weekend culminates on Sunday with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders and potential investors with another opportunity for critical feedback.  

Don't forget to also register for the final warm-up event: Pitch Bootcamp on May 16th.  This is a great ramp-up to Startup Weekend Maui and will help you have the best Startup experience possible!

2 prior events in this series included: Pinching Your Pennies: Finance for Entrepreneurs on February 9th, Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview on February 15th.


Friday May 19th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 May 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Regroup to meet the coaches. Coaches will introduce themselves to everyone

11:30 am
Each team briefs the coaches on their status. Coaches provide input.

1:00 pm
Work continues
Teams continue work on business model creation, coding or designing, and market validation.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Last chance to ask questions

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Bryan Butteling

Associate Product Manager at Team Praxis, and Startup Weekend Organizer and Facilitator for UP Global. A problem solver first, web developer second. Obstacles and challenges drive me to learn more as I never want to be the smartest person in the room. I look to build and create solutions to problems that exist within markets that have inefficient workflows. I practice and preach both lean and design thinking methodologies. Foundational language is Javascript with a new focus on React. Team and product are important cores I look for when joining a company. Hustle isn't a buzz word, it's my DNA. Tell me a joke and I'll listen with a smile. 

Event Judges

Omar Sultan
Managing Partner at Sultan Ventures

Omar is a founding partner of Sultan Ventures and the cofounder and Managing Partner of XLR8UH, Hawaii’s Proof of Concept Commercialization Center. Additionally, Omar is Vice President of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Hawai’i, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps great entrepreneurs become great philanthropists, VP of Ala Wai Pharma, a drug delivery company focused on increasing the bioavailability of polar drugs, and also helps manage the UPSIDE Fund, a venture fund focused on commercializing University of Hawaii intellectual property. Omar has over 15 years of experience in information technology, business, and life sciences. He holds a BSM in Finance from Tulane University’s AB Freeman School of Business and an MBA from the Shidler College of Business.   

Brittany Heyd
Managing Director & General Counsel, 1776

Brittany Heyd is Managing Director and General Counsel at 1776 and also a Partner of the 1776 Seed Fund. As part of 1776's founding team, Brittany has been a critical part of taking the organization from inception of idea to initial execution to scaling into the global brand it is today. She has led the incubator, campus, media, events and Challenge Cup teams, setting direction for the company's main operational components and driving value for startups around the world. Brittany has also served as General Counsel, managing the company's corporate governance, contractual, IP, and business risk issues and set up related internal systems for business teams. 

Before 1776, Brittany worked on business community initiatives and outreach at the White House, led event strategy for Startup DC, and held positions at Latham & Watkins, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and Mark IV Capital. Brittany holds a Juris Doctor / Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor's of Arts from the University of San Diego, and is also licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland. 

Donovan Kealoha

Sr Associate for Startup Capital Ventures, a venture capital firm, focusing on early-stage, B2B, capital efficient, growth companies primarily in Silicon Valley and Hawaii. Work alongside general partners in all aspects of potential and active investments, including deal sourcing, due diligence, market research, financial modeling, community building, and portfolio companies management.

Susan Yamada
Executive Director, Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE), University of Hawaii

Susan Yamada has been the Executive Director of PACE since June 2008.  Located within the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business, the Entrepreneurship Center hosts a comprehensive set of programs, utilizing both experiential and mentoring approaches to teaching students and faculty the process of entrepreneurship.
Prior Susan was the CEO and Founder of TRUSTe.    

Luana Mahi
Owner, Principal Broker, Kismet Natural Foods Brokerage

Luana is the owner and Principal broker for a natural, organic and grocery marketing company that has been in business in Hawaii since 1992.  Her company represents a variety of national, international and locally made products that are sold throughout the State of Hawaii in health, grocery, convenience and specialty stores.  She is also the President of Maui Food Technology Center, she assists the MFTC clients with help in sales and marketing, wholesale and distribution pricing, sourcing ingredients and supplies, product quality and labeling integrity.

Coaches and Mentors

Erik Blair
Owner - The Accidental Consultant

Erik operates a consulting firm on Maui called, The Accidental Consultant. He helps professionals, entrepreneurs and small businesses focus on creating fresh content, actionable growth strategies and innovative solutions using digital media assets and social channels.    "I have a passion for finding fresh ideas that make sense, and simple solutions that help people save time, spend less and avoid obstacles, so they can focus on what really matters" -- Erik Blair 

Beth Holiday
Business Coach, Master Trainer, Leadership Expert, Beth Holiday’s Hawaii Business Training

Thirty-seven years of results-oriented managerial, sales and business skills experience across industry, age, dollar volume and cultural backgrounds. Twenty-four years of results-oriented Real Estate Sales and Training Experience, including:
-- CEO: Wai Wai Nui, Inc, dba Inner Dynamics Inc.and Hawaii Business Training, a Hawaii Corporation formed in 2001, focused on training, development and productivity coaching for real estate agents and and small business management teams.
-- Hawaii Association of Realtors® Facilitator for the first state wide Leadership Academy from  2009-2012
-- Maui Economic Business Development, training Maui business owners.
-- Registered Corporate Coach; World Association of Business Coaches
-- National Association of Realtors® Quadrennial Code of Ethics Trainer 2008, 2012 (Instructed more than 1500 Realtors®)
-- Keller Williams Realty International, Leadership and Agent Productivity Coach (Coached more than 100 real estate company owners)

Doug Nelson
President, Kinection

Doug is an entrepreneur, producer, designer and publisher with a deep background in education / training, interactive media, and digital games. He enjoys solving training problems with innovative approaches through his eLearning company Kinection, and leveraging technology and the network to connect, empower, and enliven people around social issues. He's an advocate of lean startup methods and has coached Startup Weekend on multiple occasions. 

Chris Speere
UH Maui College’s Maui Food Innovation Center

Chris Speere is the Site Coordinator for UH Maui College's Maui Food Innovation Center.  His current focus is to provide entrepreneurial  consulting and  educational programming to Maui Nui's food entrepreneurs.  These efforts support Hawaii's food future which is  linked to the development of  a vibrant value added food manufacturing  community that produces authentic, high quality and culturally significant  food products.  

David Fry
President Tanuki Interactive

2015 Startup Weekend Maui Winner and Technology Entrepreneur. President of Tanuki Interactive which provides technology services to meet the specialized needs of travel industry companies, media organizations, non-profit organizations and special events.

Nick Heyd
Co-founder of Galley

Nick just moved back home to Maui with his wife and two kids to be close to family. He has been in the high-growth tech startup world in DC for the past 8 years wearing many different hats during that time. Most recently he led growth at Galley taking revenue from $0 to $5mm run-rate in under two years. Prior to Galley, Nick was a PM at LivingSocial working on both consumer facing products as well as internal tools. 
His expertise in is marketing, business development, operations and product management with a ton of experience in agile development and lean startup methodologies
He is also a big fan of cryptocurrency and blockchain tech.

David Daly
BDC Director, MEO, Inc.

David Daly has over 25 years of experience working with small businesses on
Maui. This experience includes business ownership, financing, education
and economic development. David’s background includes residential lending
and being a FINRA licensed Financial Advisor.
David was hired in March of 2009 as an MEO BDC Loan Fund Manager. His
duties included teaching the Core Four Business Planning classes,
underwriting and managing microloan loans, and providing support and
technical assistance to entrepreneurs on the islands of Maui and Lana'i.
During his time with the program he traveled to Lana’i weekly to conduct
Core Four Business Planning classes and provide support and technical
assistance to the island's small business entrepreneurs.

Wayne Wong
Director, Hawaii Small Business Development Center – Maui Center

Wayne Wong is a recovering “technologist” with over 30 years of Information Technology experience including several senior management positions during the heyday of the “dot com” era. He is also a co-founder and co-producer of the Grammy Award winning live concert series “Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar”.   He currently utilizes his entrepreneur expertise as the Director of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Maui Center, providing no-cost business counseling, advice and training to Maui County.   Mr. Wong graduated from Kamehameha High Schools and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Puget Sound.

Jeff Milone
Co-founder and CEO - Invulu

As Co-founder/CEO of Invulu, Jeff provides web software services and applications  known for the popular brands such as Organic Themes and KahunaHost. Jeff is also Co-founder and lead investor in the simple content management system called Leeflets.  As Technical Advisor, Jeff contributes time to the Leroy W Homer Jr. Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing scholarships to future pilots and promoting awareness about aviation careers to disadvantaged youth.

David Morgan
CoFounder of Organic Themes, GivingPress and Kahuna Host

David Morgan creates online brands, design and develop killer WordPress themes, and illustrate some pretty cool logos. He is the CoFounder of Organic Themes, one of the most popular WordPress theme companies with a reputation for excellence. Along with Jeff Milone, he has also created the WordPress hosting company, Kahuna Host, and in early 2016, they launched GivingPress as a website solution for nonprofit organizations.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Maui 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Maui is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Gerry
  • Frank
  • Annette
  • MEDB
  • Amber


Bryan Butteling

Associate Product Manager at Team Praxis, and Startup Weekend Organizer and Facilitator for UP Global. A problem solver first, web developer second. Obstacles and challenges drive me to learn more as I never want to be the smartest person in the room. I look to build and create solutions to problems that exist within markets that have inefficient workflows. I practice and preach both lean and design thinking methodologies. Foundational language is Javascript with a new focus on React. Team and product are important cores I look for when joining a company. Hustle isn't a buzz word, it's my DNA. Tell me a joke and I'll listen with a smile. 

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