The Blue Startups Academy Program is a short-term program for foreign entrepreneurs and corporate clients to provide in-depth training on entrepreneurship, go-to-market strategy and investor pitching in the US.


Lead instructors are Blue Startups Managing Partner Chenoa Farnsworth and Venture Partner Casey Lau who will be bringing you the course material as well as providing access to a global network of mentors in all aspects of business.


Blue Startups believes that quality mentorship is the key to a successful program. All teams have access to a mentor network of over 100 global mentors. The Blue Startups mentor network reaches from Hawaii to Silicon Valley. Mentor expertise includes: operations, financing, growth  strategy, marketing, travel, gaming, software, mobile, technology, accounting, and legal.


The office is in the Harbor Court building which is Class A office space and is shared by other businesses founded by Henk Rogers including Blue Planet Software (official licensing agent for Tetris) and Blue Planet Foundation (a nonprofit seeking to eliminate the use of fossil fuels). Blue Startups occupies approximately 5,000 square feet of open co-working space. Your team will be provided with workspace for up to three people.


Since Blue Startups is a member of the Global Accelerator Network, each of our companies can receive nearly $1 million in free and discounted perks offered by many of the best vendors in the world. In addition to the GAN perks, Blue Startups has negotiated a host of in-kind and low-cost services from national and local vendors.


All teams attending the program are responsible for their own housing and transportation costs. Our team will assist you in finding reasonable accommodations.


All participants of the Blue Startups Academy program will receive a certificate of completion from Blue Startups.

1-Week Program

Introduction to US Startup Methodology

10AM: Introduction to US style startups workshop.
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Overview of Customer Discovery.
2PM: Interactive workshop on Customer Personas and Storyboarding.
5PM: Startup Pau Hana in Waikiki

10AM: Introduction to Value Proposition canvas workshop.
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Value Proposition canvas preparation with mentors.
3PM: Presentation on Value Proposition.
5PM: Startup Luau

10AM: Stand-up Paddle Board meeting at Waikiki Beach.
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Terminology 101 – venture business in the US.
2PM: Overview of business pitching best practices

10AM: Startup Paradise ecosystem tour (accelerators and government agencies).
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Panel discussion and case study on pitching.
3PM: Pitch at Blue Startups in front of audience.
5PM: Startup Pau Hana at Skybar

10AM: Introduction to marketing in the US.
12PM: Lunch
1PM: Marketing and social media workshop.
3PM: Entrepreneurial meet & greet at Manoa Innovation Center.
5PM: Sunset cruise


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