East Meets West 2021 – For the Benefit of Hawaii Food Bank

The annual East Meets West event is back this year with international speakers, breakout sessions, more pitch and networking opportunities in a virtual platform. No pandemic can stop thought leaders in coming together to help others in the community. Another thing that is worth noting is that all ticket proceeds from East Meets West 2021 shall be donated to Hawaii Food Bank.

You can find below the important details of the event as published in their official website:

Virtual Event Details

When: February 24- 26, 2021, 2pm-4pm HST

Where: Airmeet

Details: Each day will look as follows with new and rich content (all times in HST)
2:00PM – Opening Panels
2:30PM – Breakout sessions/sponsor roundtables
3:30PM – Concluding sessions
4:00PM – Networking

Get more information and register here


February 24: Remote Work’s Impact on Economy & Society

Liza Rodewald (Instant Teams)
Michele Kauinui (Altres)
Nicole Lim (Movers and Shakas)
Moderator: Chenoa Farnsworth (Blue Startups)

February 25: Connecting the Future

Ashwani Jain (Airmeet)
Stefan Opsal (RendezView)
Sam Liang (Otter.ai)
Moderator: Casey Lau (RISE)

February 26: Bringing Tourism Back Responsibly

Chris Hemmeter (Thayer Ventures)
Jessica Blotter (Kind Traveler)
Kalani Kaʻanāʻanā (Hawaii Tourism Authority)
Moderator: Maya Rogers (Tetris, Blue Planet Software)

Roundtable Topics

These are the roundtable topics that you might be interested in. More topics shall be announced soon:

  • Finding A Co-Founder (Kyle Corbitt, YC Startup School)
  • Prepping Your Seed Raise (Aubrie Pagano, Corigin Ventures)
  • Hawaii As A Remote Work Paradise? (Clint Chao, Moment Ventures)
  • Pandemic Opportunities (Carman Chan, Click Ventures)
  • The Future of Seed Funds in the Era of Mega Rounds (Stephen Forte, Fresco Capital)
  • 2021 Investment Trends (Edith Yeung, Race Capital)
  • Raising Money: Series A and Series Seed Factors (Chris Hemmeter, Thayer Ventures)
  • Emerging Market Investing (Jeffrey Paine, Golden Gate Ventures)
  • Strategies for the Japanese Market (Takaho Iwasaki, MajiConnection)
  • Smart Batteries for Micromobility (Terry Hsiao)
  • Scaling Your Sustainability Story (Amy Brinker, Kamehameha Schools)
  • Creating Your Narrative (Meli James, Mana Up)
  • Digitization in Healthcare (Lu Zhang, Fusion Fund)
  • Transmedia, Digital Lifestyle, and the Metaverse (Ryan Wang, Outpost VC)
  • Launching a Startup in Asia (Gene Soo, StartupsHK)
  • Startup Opportunities in the Greater Bay Area (Ben Wong, Eureka Nova)
  • Agriculture is the Answer (Danya Hakeem)
  • Innovations and Investments in H2O: Why Water? Why Now? (Kim Baker)
  • Exposed: How COVID is Accelerating the Equitable Development of Smart Cities (Nneka Uzoh)
Get more information and register here

The Intrapreneurship Leadership Program 2020

Meet investors, like-minded entrepreneurs, and new partners at East Meets West Conference, an annual event dedicated to building bridges to startup communities across the Pacific. Join #EMW20 here.

East Meets West is right around the corner! Building partnerships in a globally connected world is critical, especially with the rise of the Asian consumer and businesses. Come learn more about global startup trends including cutting edge innovation, influencer marketing and sustainability trends at East Meets West. Interact with prominent international investors from throughout Asia and the U.S. at the East Meets West conference.

The topics for this year will include:

  • Sustainable Futures: Climate, Oceans and Waste Reduction
  • Artificial Intelligence: All Hype or Too Real?
  • The Future of Work: The Rise of the Digital Nomad
  • The Intersection of Wellness & Technology
  • Reinventing Education – Can Edtech Make a Difference?
  • Non-traditional Funders and Founders

East Meets West 2018

Last February 2018, the startup event of EastMeetsWest was held in Hawaii, it effortlessly brought together honorable investors and entrepreneurs from North America, Hawaii, and Asia. Brilliant ideas were imparted by international speakers which brought out the hottest topics, pitch opportunities, and ample networking!

In this conference, TravelTech, Social Impact technologies and Blockchain were focused. The two days brought to life the advances of these technologies.

Who were the Keynote Speakers?

The following amazing personalities brought the finest information in their area of expertise.

DAVID IGE, the Honorable Governor of the State of Hawaii

STEPHEN FORTE, the Co-founder and Managing Partner of Fresco Capital

HENK ROGERS, the awesome President and CEO of Blue Planet Energy

SAM GELlMAN, the brilliant Senior Design Manager of Uber

DECLAN KELLY, the Head of Investors of Web Summit

JULIAN HOSP, the bright Co-founder and President of TenX

NATALI ARDIANTO, the hardworking Co-Founder and CTO of Tiket.com

COVADONGA BASELGA, she is the Corporate Strategist of Amadeus Ventures

MAYA ROGERS, the awesome President and CEO of Blue Planet Software

DAWN LIPPERT, CEO of Elemental Excelerator

MELI JAMES, the bright Co-Founder of Mana Up, and at the same time the President of HVCA

EDITH YEUNG, the head of 500 Startups Greater China

JOYCE KIM, the hardworking Managing Partner of SparkChain Capital, and the Co-Founder of Stellar

BLAINE KAHO’ONEI, the Senior Business Development Manager of Heroku

REBECCA BRANHAM, the Co-founder of B&L Group, Inc

EDWIN HAWKINS, the Executive Director of the Office of Economic Development

RAHUL SOOD, is the CEO of Unikrn

MARK DE GROH, the Principal of the Republic Good

JOHN KAAIOHELO, the Special Advisor to CIO, Telenor

ANDREW CHAPIN, the Co-Founder and CEO of Benja

MIKI TOMITA, Co-Founder of Education Intubator

NEIL HANNAHS, the founder and CEO of Ho’okele Strategies LLC

KEONI LEE, the Co-Founder of Waiwai Collective

AMY BRINKER, the Sustainability Manager of Kamehameha Schools

KAMUELA ENOS, the director of Social Enterprise of MA’O Organic Farms

TONY BLANK, the amazing Senior Developer Evangelist of SendGrid

MARGOT SCHMORAK, the CEO and Co-founder of Hostfuly

RICHARD R. VULYSTEKE, the president of the East-West Center

STEVE PETRANIK, the Editor of Hawaii Business Magazine

DAVID AI, the Director of Knowledge and Transfer Office at the City University of Hong Kong

MICHAEL HWANG, the Managing Director of Bigbang Angels

OSCAR RAMOS, the Partner and Program Director

CHRIS HEMMETER, the Managing Director of Thayer Ventures

CARMAN CHAN, the Founder and Managing Partner of Click Ventures

These honorable lecturers were given the recognition they earned through an intimate conference with the lecturers.

How much was the payment of the Conference?

The payment started at a rate of $95, it provides access to the Conference. It had a free lunch and reception until Feb 2. Meanwhile, the ticket for Summit and Conference was at $995! It was inclusive of the Intimate VIP Summit at Kualoa Ranch.

Participate more in conference startups! You will bring more learnings from the deep-dive learning opportunities given by the speakers!


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