East Meets West brings the best of Asia and the US together in Hawaii on Feb 1-2


2018 is going to be an amazing year for tech and Blue Startups are happy to be kicking it all off in February in Hawaii with EAST MEETS WEST 2018.

Our co-founder Casey Lau is co-hosting this event and it will be the 4th year that Blue Startups brings the best tech people from Asia and the US together to Honolulu for a 2-day brain exchange on all things tech and this year in particular we are focusing on the hottest topics in the world: Blockchain, Traveltech and Social Impact with a speaker list of epic proportions!

To list a few:

  • JOYCE KIM, Sparkchain Capital: new $100mm blockchain fund.
  • MARK DE GROH, Re:public Good: massive social impact investment fund
  • COVA BASELGA, Amadeus: investor in the biggest travel tech startups
  • RAHUL SOOD, Unikrn: biggest gaming ICO
  • EDITH YEUNG, 500 Startups: Influential investor in East and West startups.
  • JULIAN HOSP, TenX: biggest ICO so far in Asia!
  • STEPHEN FORTE, Laudato Si’ Challenge – building The Vatican’s smart city accelerator with the Pope!

…and so many more!

This is the 2018 kick-off tech event you don’t want to miss – have a look at what’s in store: www.eastmeetswest.co

  • Day 1 is the VIP Summit Day and will be held at the iconic Kuaola Ranch aka Jurassic Park where we will be doing outdoor networking activities and informative roundtable discussions with an amazing backdrop with a tight knit group of super connectors from Tokyo, San Francisco, Hong Kong, New York, Seoul, Jakarta, Vancouver and more!
  • Day 2 is the Community Day at the historic East West Center in Honolulu where we open it up to a larger audience and will have panels, debates, pitches, workshops and more networking under rainbows and sunshine like no other place in February (also The World.)

See you in #StartupParadise on February 1-2 for the most epic tech conference in the most epic location in the world!

Get your tickets and learn more here: www.eastmeetswest.co

3 Mobile Startups to Represent Hong Kong at MCAP 2016 in Honolulu


We’re very excited to have 3 fresh new mobile startups from Hong Kong at the Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii next week.

The Mobile Challenge Asia Pacific (MCAP) is a mobile startup competition that brings together entrepreneurs from 9 countries to meet and compete in order to qualify for 3 places at the GSMA Barcelona Conference World Finals in 2016. The challenge is organised by J-Seed Ventures and IE Business School in conjunction with GSMA and is sponsored in part by SoftLayer – an IBM Company.

Representing Hong Kong are:

  • SwapIt: Buy/Sell/Trade stuff in location-based smartphone app.
  • uSpace: Marauders Map for workspaces via smartphone.
  • Spincle: Create your own VR content, distribute everywhere via smartphone.

These new teams will be competing against 24 other startups from around Asia to be 3 of the finalists to be flown in to compete in Barcelona at GSMA! This is amazing viability for Hong Kong teams and we are happy to have 3 of our newest and most exciting startups out there to represent HK on a global stage.

The East Meets West 2016 conference will also be taking place next week in Honolulu and some local familiar faces like our own Casey Lau, Cyril Ebersweiler from HAX and our good friend Dave McClure of 500 Startups.

Congrats to the teams and good luck on stage!

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


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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