Startup Weekend Maui 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Maui 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

MEDB's Malcolm Center
1305 N Holopono St
Suite 5
Kihei, HI 96753

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Learn, Network, Startup in 54 Hours!

Startup Weekend Maui returns November 16-18, 2018! Hosted by 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.  

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. 

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

What do you need to bring? 
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team. 

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea. 

Startup Weekend Maui is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes: 
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors 
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world. 
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume. 
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! 

You can also purchase Observer Tickets for $25 to get access to Sunday night presentations. Starting at 4pm Nov 18, join us for Pizza and refreshments before the final pitches start.

Still have questions? Feel free to reach us at “”. 

Startup Weekend Maui 2018 Prizes
Maui Chamber of Commerce - One Year Membership
Linn Nishikawa & Associates - Design Business Cards 
Malcolm Center  - One Day Rental
Maui Printing Company - Rack and Bus Cards printing 
MEO Core 4 Business Planning  2 passes + $140 for books 
Gary Albitz, Focal Point Professional Business Coaching- 6 months of Business Coaching
SCORE Hawaii - Check $250

Make the Most of Your Startup Weekend Experience

Register for the optional warm-up events. These workshops will help you have the best Startup experience possible! 

Identify your bottom line with Pinching Your Pennies: Finance for Entrepreneurs - Oct 30 (completed)

Learn to strategize with the Lean Startup Canvas - Nov 6 (completed)

Pitch Bootcamp - Nov 13 (completed)


Friday November 16th

6:30 pm
Registration, Networking & Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders. Energizer activity.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to give your pitch (optional.)

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Set up workspace for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 17th

8:00 am
Doors open
Doors will be open for teams to return and resume strategizing.

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Brief coaches meeting before working with teams

11:00 am
Coach & Team Introductions
Regroup to meet the coaches. Coaches will help teams one-on-one.

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

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

2:00 pm
Coaches Depart

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 November 18th

8:00 am
Doors open
Doors are open for teams to return and continue strategizing.

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!

Event Judges

Michael Powers
Former SVP @CBS Interactive

Operational management (product, revenue, growth initiatives) of business units at startups and established companies with emphasis on social platforms, consumer media and mobile product. GM at CBSi, early team and Group PM at YouTube, first employee of and founder of two internet companies. Angel investor in Storefront, TaskRabbit, Boomtrain, inDinero, RelayRides, Weotta, 99gamers, CrowdAlbum and TurningArt.

Coaches and Mentors

Rünno Allikivi
Head of Scandinavia at Funderbeam

Runno is a startup founder, CEO, and Investor with 10 years of experience building and growing companies in Scandinavia and the United States. With background in IT, Biotech, innovation management, and economics, Runno is now working with Funderbeam expanding the World’s First Startup Stock Exchange to Scandinavia.

Debasis Bhattacharya
Assistant Professor - UH Maui College

Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya is currently a tenured faculty member at the University of Hawai’i Maui College, and program coordinator for the Applied Business and Information Technology (ABIT) baccalaureate program. Dr. Bhattacharya has been working in the software industry for 30 years, having worked for large corporations such as Oracle and Microsoft for 15 years. A resident of Hawaii since 2002, he has been actively researching the information security needs of small businesses since 2008. As a former small business owner, he understands the needs and demands of information security, as well as keeping a small business up and running! Dr. Bhattacharya holds degrees from MIT, Columbia University, University of Phoenix and NW California University School of Law. Research interests include computer science education, cybersecurity, crypto currencies and deep learning.

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.

Rebecca Filipovic
Attorney - McKeon Sheldon Mehling

Rebecca is currently licensed to practice law in the State of California and is working towards becoming licensed within the State of Hawaii.  Ms. Filipović’s experience has been predominantly in the areas of corporate governance, business formation, and commercial litigation. Since joining McKeon Sheldon Mehling, LLLC, Ms. Filipović has expanded her practice to specialize in Intellectual property.  Specifically, she has assisted clients in selecting and prosecuting trademarks with the U.S. Patents and Trademarks Office, filing copyright applications with the U.S. Copyright Office, and enforcing clients’ rights in trademark and copyright infringement cases. Previously, Ms. Filipović worked at Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg, LLP, a large commercial law firm in Toronto, where she practiced extensively in the area of corporate governance and securities regulation.

Bobby Jackson
Business Coach - RedRidge Consultants

Bobby started RedRidge Consultants in 2012 and Blue Source Marketing in 2018. He also cofounded Universal Manufacturing & Design in Tampa, FL, which manufactures aluminum gutter protection for commercial and residential applications. Bobby has direct experience starting a business and has gone through many trials and tribulations along the way. As a coach and consultant, he works with businesses across multiple industries and his primary focus is helping people start a business or manage their existing business. Bobby has a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA and completed the mergers & acquisitions and medical marketing executive education programs at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in Los Angeles, CA.

Jules Kremer
Technical Project Manager at Google

Jules has spent over 20 years in the tech industry focused on software development & business strategy.  She joined Google in 2010 leading a global team of strategists and analysts focused on strategic market intelligence.  In 2014, Jules moved to the Angular team, managing developer relations & product strategy, and, most recently Jules has taken on leading the Developer Relations teams for Cloud Startups, Higher Education & G Suite Developer Platform.  Prior to Google, she has worked at Microsoft on developer tools, strategy and software architecture and owned a consulting firm providing software solutions to a wide range of businesses. On a personal note, Jules has two children: Gavin, studying computer science at CalPoly Pomona (the apple does not fall far from the tree), and Seren, a varsity cheerleader in Southern California.  Jules has a passion for supporting women and kids in tech, bending into pretzel-like positions (otherwise known as yoga), hiking long secluded trails and wielding a machete in the jungles of Maui.

Fred Mabie
Faculty member - UH Maui College, ABIT

Fred teaches entrepreneurship, management, marketing, and organizational leadership in the Applied Business and Information Technology program (ABIT) at UHMC. He completed a double major in Economics and Communication at Rutgers University, an MBA in Management at the NYU Stern School of Business, and a PhD at UCLA. Fred’s professional background includes corporate planning for a technology firm, management consulting, credit market analysis on Wall Street, and international business development research. His entrepreneurial experiences include starting, acquiring, spinning-off, and selling more than 10 businesses in several industries. Currently, he owns several mobile apps and is working on a college admissions coaching service.

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.

Keri Mehling
Attorney & Partner - McKeon Sheldon Mehling

A partner at McKeon Sheldon Mehling, Ms. Mehling practices in the areas of commercial and business litigation, business formation, insurance defense, real estate, construction defects and administrative law. Ms. Mehling assists clients in creating business entities and structures for new and growing ventures, whether it be a non-profit or for-profit corporations or limited liability companies.  She has engaged in complex real estate and business transactions involving the selection, acquisition, documentation, use, development, management, leasing, and conveyance of land for a range of clients, including land and building owners, brokers, and investors.

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.  

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.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Maui 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Maui is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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