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Startup Weekend Maui
April 8th, 2015

Maui Economic Development Board announced today the judges, coaches and mentors who will be participating in the 2nd Startup Weekend Maui. Scheduled on May 15-17, this empowering event provides active entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours.

This year’s judges are:

Don M. Kosak, Founder / Managing Partner of Nalukai Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in the State of Hawaii through education and mentoring. He is the founder of the Hawaii Tech Exchange (hitx.co), a Hilo-based community organization supporting local science and technology business development, and is also a mentor with Blue Startups, Honolulu’s Venture Accelerator.

Garrett Marrero, Founder/CEO of Maui Brewing Co. The company has a strong commitment to the local economy and a deep concern for the environment. They recently celebrated their 10th Anniversary and have over 80 employees at 2 locations. They distribute authentic local products to 11 States and 5 Countries.

Saedene Ota, Owner & Creative Director of Sae Design, an award-winning graphics firm focuses on branding, packaging, web design and strategic marketing. Ota is the recipient of a bevy of creative awards including 2 Hawai‘i Advertising Federation Pele Best of Show recognitions and Advertising Women of the Year, as well as receiving national recognition for projects in the hospitality and food industries.

Keith Powers, Managing Partner at Engaged Partners, LLC.  Powers has been active in start-ups, investments and building world-class companies and organizations for almost 20 years.  He works closely with inventors, entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, and CEO’s to help them take their passions to the next level.

Tarik Sultan, Managing Partner at Sultan Ventures, a boutique venture firm focusing on early-stage startups. He is also the Founder and Managing Partner of XLR8UH, the University of Hawaii’s (UH’s) proof-of-concept commercialization center; Chair of Startup Hawaii; and Treasurer of the HVCA, a non-profit which fosters entrepreneurial development through networking, education, and access to venture capital.

The 2015 Coaches and Mentors are:

Andrea Barrica, Entrepreneur in Residence at 500 Startups in San Francisco, Calif., where she coaches startups on telling their stories, pitching, and sales.

Erik Blair, Owner of The Accidental Consultant, a Maui-based consulting firm offering clients fresh content, actionable growth strategies and innovative solutions using digital media assets and social channels.

Rebecca Filipovic, Attorney at McKeon Sheldon Mehling.  She specializes in the areas of corporate governance, business formation, commercial and real estate litigation, and intellectual property.

Peter Liu of Mbloom, where he manages technical projects involving exciting web and mobile innovations on Maui.

Keri Mehling, Attorney & Partner at McKeon Sheldon Mehling.  She specializes in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, real estate, construction defects, administrative law, and creating business entities and structures for new and growing ventures.

Sara Smith, Founder and CEO of Wrappily, a Maui-based offering chic gift wrap with an eco-friendly twist.  Smith has worked in publishing for over ten years. She is an entrepreneur, gardener, cook, mom, writer and hell-bent on doing it all.

Craig Swift, Director of Business Development at Maui Economic Opportunity.  Swift has over 30 years of experience working with small businesses, including ownership, financing, training and community economic development in Maui County.

Kevin Yoshida, Neighbor Island Region Manager for Central Pacific Bank, where he leads the community banking teams on Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island.

“We are very fortunate to have such an experienced and accomplished group of judges, coaches and mentors participating in this year’s Startup Weekend Maui,” said Gerry Smith of the Maui Economic Development Board.  “These individuals have generously volunteered their time to support our aspiring entrepreneurs. Those who participate in Startup Weekend will greatly benefit from their insight and advice.”

Entrepreneurs who register before the April 15th early bird deadline will receive a 25% discount off of the registration fee. Students with a valid ID will receive a 50% discount.

Startup Weekend Maui will be held at two locations in the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei.

For more information and to register for the 2015 Startup Weekend Maui, visit www.j.mp/startupmaui or call Gerry Smith at MEDB at (808) 270-6803. Connect with Facebook (Startup Weekend Maui).

Startup Weekend Maui is hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board. Event sponsors include: County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Blue Startups, High Technology Development Corporation, HI-Growth Initiative, Startup Capital Ventures, Sultan Ventures, and Pacific Media Group.

Gerald Smith