East Meets West in Startup Paradise: Pitch Your Startup in Hawaii this November

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We’ve seen pitch events offered to Hong Kong startups from all over the world – from Moscow to Zurich to Boracay to Kelowna, British Columbia – but this one has to be the nicest: Honolulu, Hawaii!

Blue Startups, Hawaii’s first tech venture accelerator, has officially launched registration for East Meets West 2014 (EMW’14)! This is a groundbreaking event for Hawaii that will bring together entrepreneurs and investors from Asia and the United States. This year’s theme is “Digital Lifestyle” – the innovative and disruptive ways in which technology complements all facets of daily living.

A signature piece of this event is the East Meets West Pitch contest. Blue Startups are looking for five to ten teams from North America and five to ten teams from Asia to pitch to attendants and panel of judges. The judge’s panel will include prominent investors from 500 Startups, The Hong Kong Angel Network, TPG Capital, SCRUM Ventures in Japan, Bootstrap Labs, and Blue Startups.

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TiEHK’s ‘Startup Story: From Idea To Exit’ Conference Enlightens New Group of Startups in Hong Kong

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The startup journey is a risky, grueling but extremely rewarding one. While everyone’s experience varies, one thing’s for certain – you shouldn’t go it alone. Besides your team, friends and family, having a strong network of mentors to mentally and financially back you up is essential.

TiEHK, a global entrepreneurship network, held the ‘Startup Story: From Idea to Exit’ conference on Friday. With a mix of government officials, founders and investors in attendance, the event was made up of a series of panels set to educate and inspire anyone thinking about starting their own company.

Following an inspiring keynote from Stephen Wang, the founder of Rotten Tomatoes and AliveNotDead.com (who recently exited), our own Casey Lau moderated the “Finding The Right Idea” panel featuring: Red Chapel AdvisorsFelix Lam, YouGov’s Patrick Corr and Life Projects’ Nishant Kapoor.

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Startup Saturday: Crowdfunding Hong Kong 2014 is on 25 January at The Landmark

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Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, RocketHub, FringeBacker, Big Colors, Crowdrise, Quirky, AngelList – crowdfunding is definitely the future of getting your ideas off the ground and we’re putting together the first Startup Saturday around this topic on January 25. Register now at this link and see the latest list of speakers and agenda.

We’ll be coming at from a few angles:

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