REPORT FROM TNB – The 9th Annual Technology Expo for Business and Consumers, organized by Technology News Bytes, will host a Startup Corner for the first time this year. The Startup Corner will feature a live Kickstarter section, a business resource center and a “Shark Tank”-style judging competition for Hawaii’s technology startups. The Startup Corner will be held during the Technology Expo on Wednesday, October 17 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center.

The Startup Corner at the Technology Expo, sponsored by Startup Hawaii and The Box Jelly, will feature three main sections: The first will be a Business Resource Center for startups, where startup business owners and those interested in building a startup will be able to speak with local startup incubators like The Green House and Box Jelly and gather information to assist them.

The startup judging competition will be held “Shark Tank” style, with hopeful entrepreneurs pitching a critical panel of judges/investors. The winner will receive funding to fulfill their startup dream.

The third component of the Startup Corner will be a live Kickstarter section, where startups will have the chance to set up pledge sheets silent auction-style and anyone will be able to pledge a dollar amount.

If you are interested in participating in the Startup Corner judging competition or Kickstarter section, visit TNBLive.com/startup for an application. Application fees are a $50 deposit for the judging competition and $25 for the Kickstarter. Applications will be accepted from Wednesday, July 18 through Tuesday, September 18. Applicants will be screened and notified of their eligibility by Monday, October 1.

For more information about the Technology Expo for Business and Consumers and for an application to participate in Startup Corner, visit TNBLive.com/startup or contact Genesis Leong at genesis@tnblive.com or Quincy Solano at quincy@tnblive.com or (808) 381-2552.

About the Technology Expo for Business and Consumers:

The 2012 Technology Expo for Business  & Consumers and Hawaii Social Media Summit will be held from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 at the Neal Blaisdell Center. One of the largest tech expos in Hawaii since 2003, it attracts an anticipated audience of 1,500– 2,000 and provides the opportunity for businesses and organizations to present their latest products, services, and innovations through exhibits, seminars, and live presentations to a tech-savvy audience.

About Technology News Bytes:

Technology News Bytes is a Honolulu-based network that successfully connects high-tech businesses to the most diverse and qualified customers in Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, enabling technology consumers to make more informed decisions about technology businesses, products, and services.

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