I  Blue Startups


     Office Locations:

55 Merchant St., Suite 1700
Honolulu, HI 96813



  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Media & Digital Media
  • Software & Internet



    Blue Startups is a venture accelerator that aims to stimulate economic growth in Hawaii and create new business opportunities by providing promising entrepreneurs with key ingredients for success. These key ingredients include seed funding, mentorship, access to business expertise, product testing, peer review, pitch development, and introductions to investors. Two times a year, 5-10 teams will be selected, given the resources they need, and go through an intensive 12-week program, to kickstart their business. Blue Startups is focused on recruiting capital efficient and scalable technology companies, including Internet, software, mobile, gaming and e-commerce. In addition, the program is targeting companies with a focus on Asia. Typical investments are $20,000 funding for a 6% equity stake in the company. Blue Startups has received preliminary notification of funding from the State of Hawaii through the Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Chenoa Farnsworth Managing Director
    Henk Rogers Founder
    Maya Rogers Business Development
    Meli James Program Manager


    Portfolio companies include:

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      Lifestyle Rewired
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      Selly Automotive
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      Tiptop Health
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      Volta Industries
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