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On this edition of Bytemarks Café, an update on the renovations of the Atherton YMCA to create a new innovation center. We'll find out how the University of Hawaiʻi envisions it to be a place to mentor entrepreneurs and incubate new startups.

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk to Shaka Guide, a local startup that produces trips and guides around Hawaiʻi. Also, a discussion about out how they've grown to incorporate new technologies as well as expand to new markets, beyond Hawaiʻi. 6:30 PM on HPR-1.


A new entrepreneurship center is opening up in downtown Honolulu. HPR’s Reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi got a preview of the space and a look at its plans. 


On this edition of Bytemarks Café, Burt will catch up with the organizers of XLR8UH and find out what they have in store for their next cohort. A couple of the startups from the program are invited to join the show to discuss how they're using the acclerator program to kickstart their companies.

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Entrepreneurship is a growing part of Hawaii’s economy. The world of start-ups is still relatively small in the islands, but over the past eight years, they’ve attracted nearly a quarter of a billion dollars of investment.

Purple Prize

Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk about the Purple Prize, where Kanaka Maoli values and technology are woven together. In its third year, the Purple Prize has evolved to take ideas beyond the prototype phase and to nurture teams poised to launch startups.

Bytemarks Café: Blue Startups Cohort 10

Jun 6, 2018
Blue Startups

On the next Bytemarks Café, Ryan and Burt will catch up with a few companies from the latest Blue Startup cohort - #10. These companies uniquely started on the mainland, but have roots here in the islands. The guys will find out why these kamaʻāina are returning home. 

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Today on Bytemarks Café, Burt will talk about the startup ecosystem and explore issues of diversity and inclusion. They will find out from the founders of Sultan Ventures and XLR8HI what they've learn through their workshops and their thoughts on improving the environment.

Bytemarks Café: Your Front Desk & Tripidee

Jun 28, 2017
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Tumisu / Pexels

  Today on Bytemarks Café, we’ll talk to Your Front Desk and Tripidee, two companies in the latest Blue Startups cohort. We’ll talk to the company execs to find out what they learned during their accelerator experience and what’s next after graduation.

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There’s a saying that the future belongs to those who can code. One Hawaii business is booming by providing the necessary skills. We get more from the editor in chief of Pacific Business News, A. Kam Napier.

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The best location in the world to find talent for start-up organizations is a small spot in the Pacific. That’s according to a report from a U.S. company that tracks startups. But the broader findings are a bit more complicated. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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aotaro / Flickr

  We’ll find out what opportunities exists for tech startups in the Asia marketplace. With the East Meet West event coming up in January we will talk about how Hawaii companies can differentiate and compete.

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Wikipedia Commons

We’ll find out how the State and startup community are looking to leverage tech in the AG sector. We’ll explore how tech can disrupt (improve) the agriculture supply chain from the growing, to storing, to the delivery of product to the market.

Bytemarks Café: Startups & Fantasy Sports

Nov 8, 2016
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ryan harvey / Flickr

  We’ll delve into the world of eSports and fantasy football. We’ve invited two startups going through the Blue Startup accelerator program to find out how they plan to make money and how big is the business opportunity.

Startup Hiccup

Jun 23, 2016
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Pixabay Commons

What happens when the state agency tasked with fostering a high-tech start-up industry in Hawaii goes underfunded? Hawaii is about to find out. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

The Conversation: Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

May 24, 2016
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Startup Culture in Hawaii; Il Trovatore at HOT; DOE Strategic Plan; Composting with Worms

State of the Startup Investment Industry in Hawaii: Meli James

Bytemarks Café: Impact Hub Update

Apr 27, 2016
Impact Hub
Impact Hub

  An update on the Impact Hub and the work they are doing to spread entrepreneurship. We’ll find out how a new program is being implemented in all the community colleges to encourage the business minded to nurture their startups. 

Bytemarks Café: Startup Weekend Winners

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  Today on Bytemarks Cafe, we’ve brought together the latest cohort of winners from Startup Weekend. We’ll talk to the teams from a crowdsource indoor climate app, an educational music video producer, and one of the youngest teams to win Startup Weekend.

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Ramunas Geciauskas / Flickr

Tech start-ups are a key part of the 21st century economy and Hawaii has a growing number of them.  As Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier explains, getting this sector off the ground presents both challenges and opportunities.

Steve Sue from Bizgym Foundation previews the upcoming BizPitch Camp. Bryan Butteling from Startup Weekend Honolulu readies the troops for the Global Startup Battle. Omar and Tarik Sultan from Sultan Ventures, Jacob Isaac-Lowry from FlyWire Cameras and Milton Garces from RedVox  will call from Hawaii Island with details about the XLR8UH accelerator program.

Crowdfunding Supplies for the Classroom

Feb 11, 2014
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Green Apple

It’s an issue many across the state care deeply about: how to help hardworking teachers do their job. One idea came out of a session called Startup Weekend Honolulu. HPR’s Molly Solomon spoke with one of the people behind the winning pitch and has this report.

  First we'll look at the latest tech news and happenings in Hawaii and beyond. Then joining us today is Carey & Brandon Bennett from Happy Hour Hawaii to tell us about their nation wide rollout. Finally, we find out from Russel Cheng and Tim Dick about the Honolulu chapter of the Founders Institute and how it's helping to build the entrepreneurial startup ecosystem.