2016 Startup Weekend Maui Kicks Off Today
Entrepreneurs are welcome to attend the 2016 Startup Weekend Maui, which begins today, Friday, May 13, and will run though Sunday, May 15.
Sign up tonight during registration from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Students are also welcome to participate.
See “EVENT SCHEDULE” below.
Presented by MEDB, the event will provide active entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in only 54 hours.
The event will be held at the Maui Research and Technology Park in Kīhei, starting at MEDB’s Malcolm Center.
In just one weekend, participants will experience the highs, lows, fun and pressure that make up life of a startup entrepreneur.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to create a business, work on a startup team and connect with the right people and resources.
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). Then, 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, programming, designing and market validation begins. 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 15 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.
MEDB’s Malcolm Center is located at 1305 N. Holopono Street, Ste. 5.
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.
FRIDAY, May 13
Location: MEDB’s Malcolm Center, 1305 N. Holopono St., Ste. 5, in Kīhei
Arrive at the venue and get checked in
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders
Optionally line up to give your pitch
Attendees vote for the top pitches
Teams start forming and discussing ideas
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 14
Location: Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway, in Kīhei
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
Regroup to meet the coaches. Coaches will introduce themselves to everyone.
Connect with the Coaches
The coaches will rotate throughout the groups to learn about your team’s idea.
Grab coaches as needed. Coaches are welcome to stay as long as they can. Continue to develop your product.
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
SUNDAY, May 15
Location from 9 a.m.–4 p.m.: Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway, in Kīhei
Location from 4 p.m. on: MEDB’s Malcolm Center, 1305 N. Holopono St., Ste. 5, in Kīhei
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place
Judging & Awards