Startup Weekend Maui Offers Two Prep Workshops

April 21, 2016, 11:18 AM HST · Updated April 21, 11:18 AM
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Get ready for Startup Weekend Maui with two free workshops—"Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview" on Thursday, May 5, and "Pitch Bootcamp" on Tuesday, May 10. MEDB photo.

Get ready for Startup Weekend Maui with two free workshops—”Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview” on Thursday, May 5, and “Pitch Bootcamp” on Tuesday, May 10. MEDB photo.

In preparation for the 3rd Annual Startup Weekend Maui set for May 13 to 15, 2016, the Maui Economic Development Board is offering two free workshops—”Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview” on Thursday, May 5, and “Pitch Bootcamp” on Tuesday, May 10.

These sessions provide an opportunity to prepare for and/or learn more about Startup Weekend Maui, which will provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours.

Both workshops will be held at MEDB’s Malcolm Center at 1305 North Holopono St. in Kīhei from 5 to 8 p.m.

The “Business Model Canvas and Lean Startup Overview” will present a template for developing new or documenting existing business models. Led by the winning team of Sultan Ventures and XLR8UH, this crash course will offer a powerful visual management tool outlining elements of a firm’s or product’s value proposition, its customers and finances.

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The resulting data will help attendees align and evaluate their business activities by recognizing potential tradeoffs in a much easier and effective way—important information for any entrepreneur.

The “Pitch Bootcamp” will bring community entrepreneurs together to perfect their startup pitches, and receive feedback from peers and mentors. Participants will also gain helpful tips on crafting a strong 60-second pitch for their startup idea and have an opportunity to hone their presentation skills through practice sessions.

“These events are a great ramp-up to Startup Weekend Maui and will help participants have the best Startup experience possible,” said Frank De Rego Jr., director of Business Development Projects at Maui Economic Development Board. “Come join us to sharpen your entrepreneurial chops to get the most out of the intense, fast-paced Startup Weekend and to get a taste of how the ‘Lean Startup’ methodology can help you reimagine how to do business.”

To register for the two workshops and the 2016 Startup Weekend Maui, go online, or contact Jessica Crouse at [email protected] or (808) 270-6811.

Startup Weekend Maui is presented by the Maui Economic Development Board.

Event sponsors include County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, High Technology Development Corporation, Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation, HI-Growth Initiative and Pacific Media Group.

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