Startup Weekend Maui

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Maui Economic Development Board is currently seeking entrepreneurs to participate in this year’s Startup Weekend Maui. Scheduled on May 15-17, 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 MEDB’s Malcolm Center, 1305 N. Holopono Street and at the Maui Research & Technology Center, 590 Lipoa Parkway. Both are located in the Maui Research & Technology Park in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. The event offers a fun, intense, risk-free way to get a startup off the ground; connect with other passionate and skilled individuals; and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform their ideas into reality.

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In 2014, the inaugural Startup Weekend Maui drew 60 participants, including designers and developers who work on Maui.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the ideas they would like to pursue during the course of the weekend and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

“Startup Weekend is an adrenalin rush from the first pitch through to the last presentation,” said Gerry Smith of Maui Economic Development Board. “Coming in to pitch an idea on Friday night and leaving on Sunday evening with a startup company along with a bag full of new network contacts is an invaluable experience for any entrepreneur.”

​Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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

For more information and to register for the 2015 Startup Weekend Maui, visit www.j.mp/startupmaui or call Gerry Smith at MEDB at (808) 270-6803. Connect with Facebook (Startup Weekend Maui).

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