Being in the Blue Startups Accelerator was a game changer for us. With Chenoa’s help, we sped up progress on an effective business model and after that, our revenue began to take off. Being in Honolulu amongst other passionate founders and mentors helped us focus and refine our strategy. I would recommend it for any early stage startup, especially first-time founders, who want to find their path to a great business.
Blue Startups is a Top 20 Accelerator in the US (Techcrunch) focused on helping scalable-technology companies compete globally. Blue Startups aims to stimulate economic growth in Hawaii and create new business opportunities by providing promising entrepreneurs with mentorship, access to business expertise, product testing, peer review, pitch development, introductions to investors, and seed funding.
Top 20US Accelerator According to TechCrunch
$330MFollow-On Capital Across All Companies
East Meets West 2020
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Blue Startups was founded by Henk Rogers and Maya Rogers of the Tetris Company and Chenoa Farnsworth of Hawaii Angels in 2012 and has been a member of the Global Accelerator Network since 2013. Blue Startups is a public-private partnership funded by the State of Hawaii, Hawaii Technology Development Corporation, the Tetris Company and private investors.
up to $100,000
Founder Priority //
Hawaii, Female, East-West
Mentors, Co-Work Space, Networking, Beach
13 Week of Programming/Up to 10 Companies Per Session
Blue Startups follows a mentor-driven approach to acceleration. Lean product development and global go-to-market strategies are emphasized throughout the program and access to our extended international network is encouraged. We are focused on recruiting capital efficient and scalable technology companies, including:
Our headquarters are based in beautiful Honolulu, Hawai’i. Accelerate your startup in paradise: find out more about the program, benefits, mentors, and how to apply.
Chenoa Farnsworth and Blue Startups have been instrumental in advancing the start-up and entrepreneurial culture in Hawaii. As an early beneficiary of that network, we are proud to continue our involvement as a mentor to others recognizing the strength of this unique market.
Global Networking and Investor Events
Blue Startups annual signature events include the East Meets West global conference in Honolulu and the Startup Paradise Demo Days in both Honolulu and San Francisco. In addition, we host multiple smaller events throughout the year for community building, recruiting, education and networking.
Volta Charging (VLTA) lists on NYSE
Blue Startups wants to recognize our Cohort 1 Alum, Volta Charging, for being our first portfolio company to go to public! It’s a very big milestone not just for Volta, but for our Blue Ohana and the entire tech industry here in Hawaii. While we are a small community, this shows us that innovative ideas that impact the world can come out of these islands.
“All startups don’t go in a straight line; there are many near death experiences along the way and many highs and lows. And it’s all about perseverance and about avoiding the mistakes that kill a company. And that’s something that Blue Startups helped us with a lot because the early advice we got and the early advisors that we had really helped us jump ahead of the queue but not making dumb mistakes that kill companies. That’s the number one piece of advice I can give to entrepreneurs: to really surround yourself with people who have done it and can give the advice. And going to an accelerator program like Blue Startups was quite useful for that.” – Chris Wendel, (President & Co-Founder, Volta Charging)
Blue Startups is fortunate to benefit from the generous time of our mentors who work one-on-one with assigned companies throughout the program. With a broad range of experiences and skills including company building, marketing, investing, and sector specific expertise, we are able to match entrepreneurs with their perfect business coach.
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We are a Proud Member Of:
Global Accelerator Network
We are a member of the GAN, an invite-only community of the world’s most respected organizations that provide startups with the best resources to create and grow their businesses, wherever they are. Startups accepted into a GAN accelerator have access to a variety of exclusive perks including over $1M worth of free services, introductions to a network of investors and access to soft landing spaces worldwide.
Let’s go global together.
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