Henk Rogers

Blue Startups | Founder

Dutch-born computer game designer and entrepreneur, best known for revolutionizing the video game industry by bringing Tetris to the United States and world market.

Chenoa Farnsworth

Managing Partner

Chenoa has more than 15 years experience in business strategy and private equity investing. Farnsworth is the managing director of the Hawaii Angels, Hawaii’s only angel capital investment network. In 2006, she co-founded Kolohala Ventures, a Hawai’i-based venture capital firm that has invested $50 million into Hawai’i-based technology start-ups.

Maya Rogers

Co-Founder & Partner

Maya Rogers is President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, where she has lead the worldwide business initiatives of the Tetris® brand since 2007. Maya’s expertise encompasses game development, global licensing, brand management, merchandising, and IP enforcement. Maya co-founded Blue Startups in 2012, and serves as Partner.

Casey Lau


One of Hong Kong’s tech startup pioneers, Casey has successfully launched startups in the fields of web design, e-commerce, and media development.  He along with two other co-founders formed StartupsHK in 2009 to ignite the startup scene in Hong Kong through a series of conferences and networking events – and helped grow the Hong Kong ecosystem from the original four founders to over 5,000 members today.


Lead Mentors

Casey Pelkey

Tetris Online Inc. | Vice President of Marketing

Casey’s primary responsibility is to give their products the best chance of success by generating and executing marketing plans. He is also responsible for generating revenue outside of game sales and in-game purchases, including both advertising and partnerships.

Joseph Pigato

Sparked | Vice President

Joseph Pigato has dedicated his career to building and promoting innovative web products and services, leading marketing, management, sales, and product teams. He sold a web startup he co-founded (BizQuiz) to A.S.K., partly owned by Cisco, and headed marketing at Score when they sold the company to Kaplan, owned by The Washington Post Company.

Lisa Brett

User Experience Strategist

Lisa is involved throughout all stages of product development, and ensures oversight and responsibility for strategy, design, research and testing – always mentoring and evangelizing and sharing her passion for the user!

Michael Troy

Starwood Hotels and Resorts | Field Marketing Director

Michael Troy is a 30 year veteran of the hospitality industry having started his career in Hawaii with the Sheraton Hotels Corporation in 1981 at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.

Robert Robinson

Hawaii Angels | President

Founder of Hawaii’s angel investor network, the Hawaii Angels. Co-author of Angel Investing: Matching Startup Funds with Startup Companies. Award-winning author on business negotiation and conflict management, has over 20 years of experience in coaching companies in valuation and other negotiations.

Steve Markowitz

Green Chef and Beestripe | Co-Founder

Steve Markowitz is a Honolulu-based entrepreneur and investor. Steve’s angel investing interests are in consumer internet, LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) and legal cannabis-related businesses. Steve is co-founder and chairman of BeeStripe, a high-growth consumer internet company headquartered in Honolulu.

Tim Dick

Startup Capital Ventures | General Partner

A serial entrepreneur himself, winner of HVCA deal of the year twice, and named one the 10 most influential people in Hawaii by the Star Advertiser, Tim is now a general partner at SCV & also a director and advisor to several of the firms investments.


Alex Ledovskiy

Iceman Softworks

Barbra An Pleadwell

Hastings & Pleadwell

Ben Ancheta

Huliau Capital, LLC

Bernice Parsons

Vertaccount Hawaii Inc.

Beth Carvin


Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures

Bill Tyndall

Electric AI

Brian Lynx

Grand Wailea

Brian Rabben

Growth Wizards

Brittany Heyd


Bryan Cheung


Burt Lum

Hawaii Open Data

Casey Pelkey

Tetris Online, Inc.

Chad Podoski

Lasso Media

Chris Lee

Hawaii’s Academy for Creative Media

Christopher Daggett


Chuck Liddell

KapuHonu LLC

Ciarán Thompson


Cliff Tong

Venture Consulting Firm

Cort Davies


Dan Freedman

iNovia Capital

Daniel Dinell

Hawaii Coffee Company

Darius Monsef

Creative Market

David Banks

Cades Schutte LLP

David C. Lee


Dean Levitt

Teacup Analytics

Don Kosak

Nalukai Foundation

Elton Satusky

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Eric Bjorndahl


Eric Nakagawa


Evan Rapoport


Fabricio F. Costa

Genomic Enterprise

Fadi Mahmoud


Faruq Ahmad

Palo Alto Capital

Gary Swart

Polaris Partners

Geoff Ossias

DLA Piper

Gregory Kim

Convergent Law Group LLP

Helen L. Cho

Aloha Green Holdings Inc.

James Avis

Oahu Media Group

Jason Martin

FireEye, Inc.

Jason Sewell


Jay Voss

Hawaii Angels

Jeff Char

J-Seed Capital

Jeff Kraatz


Jeremiah Grossman

WhiteHat Security, Inc.

Jim Patterson

Bates & Bates, LLC

Joey Aquino

Amazon Web Services

Joey Katzen

Independent Consultant

Jonathan Chizick


Joyce Chung

Garage Technology Ventures

Kaushal Kantawala


Keith Cripe

Resources Global Professionals

Kevin Hughes


Kevin Saito

Coding Dojo

Kirvan Pierson

Vigo Technologies

Larry Rodriguez

Central Pacific Bank

Laura Roden

Capital Formation Consultants

Leighton Chong

IP & Patent Attorney

Lori Teranishi

iQ 360

Marcus Ogawa

Quest Venture Partners

Martin Zorn

Kamakura Corporation

Marvin Liao

500 Startups

Mathew Rowley


Matt Galligan


Matt Hubert


Matt Johnson

Simon-Kucher & Partners

Matt Johnston

ILA Global

Matthias Wagner


Meli James

Hawaii Venture Capital

Michael Hernandez-Soria

Hawaiian Cool Water

Michael L. Atkinson

Orderscape Inc.

Michael L. Korniczky

Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel

Mike Downes

Air Tight Networks

Mike Watanabe

Art Explorium

Neenz Faleafine

Faleafine Enterprises, LLC

Nick Hodulik

Polymath Inc.

Nigel Pentland

AinaKai Capital

Patrick Williamson


Paul Ford


Paul Switzer

Stanford University

Pedro Sorrentino

Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center

Peter Fukunaga

Servco Pacific Inc.

Peter Rowan

Interactive Strategy

Peter Wilkins

Emergent VR

Piia Aarma

Pineapple Tweed

Rob Bertholf

Bertholf Ventures LLC

Robin Campaniano

CGI Technologies and Solutions

Ryan Ozawa

Hawaii Information Service

Sean Flaherty


Sean Narvasa


Sharon Webb

Soane Labs LLC

Steffi Zacke

Hawaii Information Consortium

Steve Haumschild

Lanikai Brewing Company

Steve Sue


Steven Baker

Fairway Navigation Inc.

Steven Levine

Fenwick & West LLP

Sumner Garber

Evolution Investment Advisors

Tara Coomans

Poodle Mafia

Teddi Anderson


Tina Fitch


Todd Carpenter

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Tony Blank


Veronica Wong

Moon Capital

Wanda Kakugawa

Market Trends Pacific

Wayne Chi

Gloria Chi Realty Inc.

Yancey Unequivocally

Empowered Presentations

Zachary Hester

FareHarbor Holdings, Inc.