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2 isle technology startups aim to locate the missing

By Mike Meyer

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 11, 2014

~~<p>Let's face it. For years, tourism, construction and the military have been the big cash generators in our state. Hawaii has tried to encourage the growth of tech startups, but with limited success. Of late the scenario has changed. The growth of tech incubators and &quot;venture accelerators&quot; fueled by the private sector have come into vogue. I think that's a good thing. These lean and mean operations are funded and mentored by professionals who have succeeded in the industry, rather than bureaucrats.</p>
<p>Chief among them is Henk Rogers, the charismatic entrepreneur (and University of Hawaii graduate) and founder of Blue Startups, which provides promising companies with the ingredients for success. These include funding, mentorship, access to expertise, peer review, product testing and, perhaps most important, introductions to investors. In essence, Rogers and his cohort offer nascent startups the resources they need and an intensive 12-week program to kick-start their business.</p>
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Let's face it. For years, tourism, construction and the military have been the big cash generators in our state. Hawaii has tried to encourage the growth of tech startups, but with limited success. Of late the scenario has changed. The growth of tech incubators and "venture accelerators" fueled by the private sector have come into vogue. I think that's a good thing. These lean and mean operations are funded and mentored by professionals who have succeeded in the industry, rather than bureaucrats.

Chief among them is Henk Rogers, the charismatic entrepreneur (and University of Hawaii graduate) and founder of Blue Startups, which provides promising companies with the ingredients for success. These include funding, mentorship, access to expertise, peer review, product testing and, perhaps most important, introductions to investors. In essence, Rogers and his cohort offer nascent startups the resources they need and an intensive 12-week program to kick-start their business. Login for more...



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