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From the start of Startup Weekend Honolulu (SWHNL), 15-year-old Liam Clive’s maturity and self-awareness gave his competitors two to three times his age a run for their seed money. The annual entrepreneurship competition, sponsored by Hawaii National Bank, took place over Father’s Day weekend in Kakaako with more than 100 participants and guests.

Clive took home first with his winning idea and newly formed startup team Mentorship.link, while Anna Kimata, another 15 year old was part of the 2nd place team Grumble. A total of 12 teams were formed out of rapid-fire pitches, chosen through MeetingSift’s mobile-activated voting system. On pitch night, eight teams presented their pitch decks at ProtoHub Honolulu with the help of Empowered Presentations after 54 hours of nonstop work at BoxJelly. The winners were handpicked by four local judges: Peter Rowan, most recently the corporate vice president, New Ventures of Coinstar, Omar Sultan, managing partner of Sultan Ventures; Steve Haumschild, serial entrepreneur; and Ben Trevino, president of Bikeshare Hawaii. The winning startups are:

1st Place: Mentorship.link – A subscription-based online platform that acts as a marketplace of internships and apprenticeships for high school students. It enables students to create a portfolio of professional experiences and skills for the real world as a supplement to their education.

2nd Place: Grumble – A social platform where users can “grumble” or make complaints about anything with a backend for analyzing patterns in complaints to generate potential product ideas addressing common user pain points.

3rd Place: All About – The “Tinder” of babysitting, this online marketplace for parents and babysitters handles background, transactions and reviews. It even includes a real-time update feature for parents to know what their kids are up to while they are away from home.


Bryan Butteling