HONOLULU, HAWAII —Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts to include VC’s, Angels, and other well-respected entrepreneurs, in hopes of gaining suggestions, direction, and potential investors.

Startup Weekend currently takes place in more than 100 cities in 30 countries around the globe.  Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

DETAILS:
Start Up Weekend will take place on Friday, September 16th through Sunday, September 18th at the University of Phoenix in downtown Honolulu.  Cost to participate is $99 and includes meals for the weekend.  To learn more, visit http://honolulu.startupweekend.org and to purchase tickets go to http://startupweekendhonolulu.eventbrite.com/

Judges & Speakers:
1) Susan Yamada, Executive Director, Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Hawaii
2) Tim Dick, General Partner, Startup Capital Ventures
3) Kevin Robinson and Chenoa Farnsworth of Hawaii Angels
4) John Garcia of Non Stop Honolulu

Sponsors:
University of Phoenix, NonStop Honolulu, Tech Hui, Aloha Startups, The Box Jelly, BizGym, and Social Media Club of Hawaii.

Submitted by Danielle Scherman                                             

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