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Startup Weekend Maui
Last year’s empowering event drew more than 80 residents and visitors. Pictured: Members of Startup Weekend Maui’s 2016 alumni plus the coaches, mentors, judges and the Maui Economic Development Board staff. Photo by: Casey Nishikawa

 

KIHEI, Maui, Hawaii – April 5, 2015 – Maui Economic Development Board is currently seeking entrepreneurs to participate in this year’s Startup Weekend Maui set for May 13-15. Presented 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 the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kihei, Maui; starting at MEDB’s Malcolm Center at 1305 N. Holopono Street, Suite 5.

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 everyone 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, programming, designing, and market validation. On Sunday the teams will make their final presentations, receiving crucial feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

“Startup Weekend Maui is about learning by doing,” said Frank De Rego Jr., Director of Business Development Projects at Maui Economic Development Board. “This event provides a platform to acquire the skills and best practices necessary to build a solid business foundation. Successful entrepreneurs result in successful businesses which, in turn, provide a platform for future job creation and prosperity.”

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

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs of various skill sets who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2,900 past events in 150 countries around the world.

For more information and to register for the 2016 Startup Weekend Maui, visit bit.ly/startupmaui2016 or contact Jessica Crouse at info@hightechmaui.com, (808) 270-6811. Connect with Facebook (facebook.com/StartupWeekendMaui).

 

Startup Weekend Maui sponsors include: County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, High Technology Development Corporation, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, HI-Growth Initiative, and Pacific Media Group.

Amber Hardwick