Hawaii-based technology entrepreneur Henk Rogers’ new startup accelerator called Blue Startups has started accepting applications from startup tech companies looking to get a leg up.
As PBN’s Stephanie Silverstein reported in Friday’s print edition of Pacific Business News, Rogers, who is known for securing the rights to license the video game Tetris, hopes that the new venture will help Hawaii become known as a tech center in the next 10 years.
Blue Startups is looking for scalable-technology companies that focus on Asia, including Internet, software, mobile, gaming and e-commerce. It has received preliminary notification of funding from the state through the Hawaii Strategic Development Corp. and plans to raise matching funds by Jan. 31, 2013. Blue Startups also has developed a network of more than 50 mentors to work with the startup companies.
“By attracting talented entrepreneurs to our community, we enhance it,” Rogers said Monday in a statement. “We believe the best will be enticed to stay in Hawaii long-term, because they get their early mentorship, investment and support here.”